The first recital in the Dynamite Guitars 2013–2014 season to be presented solely by the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts will be given next month. The featured artist will be the French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens. One might call Dyens the “versatile virtuoso,” since he exercises his talents in a variety of domains, always at a reliable level of skill. Most importantly, his recitals always feature performances of his own compositions. He may be best known in this regard for his “Libra” sonatina (which, as regular readers may recall, will be included in the program prepared by guitarist Xuefei Yang when she gives the first concert in the San Francisco Performances Guitar Series at the beginning of next month). As an arranger, he is equally adept in the classical and jazz repertoires. Thus, one may encounter an arrangement of one of Frédéric Chopin’s solo piano compositions followed by an arrangement of an original piece by Thelonious Monk (who numbered Chopin among his own favorite composers).
This recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street. General admission will be $34, with discounts of up to 50% for seniors and students available. Further information, including a hyperlink for the purchase of tickets, may be found on the event page of the Omni Guitar Concerts Web site.