Over one hundred people braved a severe weather advisory on Thursday, April 18th, to hear Dr. Lily Afshar, Professor of Guitar at the University of Memphis, deliver not only an interesting analysis of the etchings of legendary Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya, but also her own performance on the classical guitar. Dr. Afshar’s renowned first recording is 24 Caprichos de Goya, Op. 195. The album grew out of a five-year process – the famed composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco crafted the guitar pieces based on his interpretations of Goya’s etchings, but he played the piano, not the guitar. Afshar edited, practiced, and perfected the music so it would fit the guitar, while also studying Goya and particularly his satirical etchings, gaining her own inspiration from these works.
After a brief but lively question and answer period, Afshar signed copies of her albums and books, and she chatted with audience members. The event concluded the Spring 2013 season for the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities. Stay tuned for a recap of the previous year and a sneak preview of the 2013-2014 calendar!