Guitar hero: David Starobin
David Starobin is among the most respected of guitar virtuosos in both solo and chamber repertoire, and his teaching studios at the Manhattan School of Music and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (where he co-founded the guitar program) are go-to places for the up-and-coming generation. Talk about a legacy: More than 350 contemporary compositions are dedicated to him. The list of composers from whom he has extracted guitar pieces runs the gamut from William Anderson and Theodore Antoniou to Charles Wuorinen and Yehudi Wyner. (He still needs to focus on X, Y, and Z.) He loves earlier music too, and his solo recital for Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this week is dedicated entirely to sonatas and stand-alone movements composed in the early 19th century by Wenzel (a.k.a. Wenzeslaus) Matiegka, Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, and Francesco Molino. This is a free concert (in honor of Indian Market), beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at St. Francis Auditorium (New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). Given the hustle-bustle of the moment, listeners are invited to come and go as they please — in between pieces, of course. — J.M.K.