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Carlos Bonell at the Shelter

By John Wharton

Shelter Theater is proud to welcome Carlos Bonell, one of today’s most celebrated guitarists, to San Miguel. He will be performing May 4 and 5 at 7 pm. The show will feature Carlos’ classical interpretation of many of today’s most popular songs, from artists like the Beatles and Queen, featured in his latest CD.

Concert w/Guitarrist Carlos Bonell. Thu, May 4 & Fri, May 5, 7pm. The Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4, Colonia San Rafael. 250 pesos

Carlos’s career includes BBC recordings, film scores and numerous CD recordings, in addition to playing with major orchestras and the creation of his own ensemble. From 2007 to 2009 Carlos toured extensively through Europe, North and South America and Asia both as soloist and guest with symphony orchestras. In 2010 he returned to Japan for an extended tour.

Born in London of Spanish parents, he studied at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor in 1972. He gained prominence in 1981 through his recording for Decca of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, which is often called the finest version available. His 1976 CBS recording with John Williams and Friends received a Grammy nomination. Since that time Carlos has made more than 20 LP and CD recordings. Since 2006 Carlos has been working with Sir Paul McCartney on a concerto for guitar and orchestra. The work was featured in a June 2007 cover article by The New Yorker magazine.

In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Spanish prize Premio Trujamán for his work for the solo guitar, and in 2008 he presented the third edition of the London International Guitar Festival, of which he is the Artistic Director.

 Also in 2008 his album release Queen Guitar Rhapsodies, of new arrangements of music by the group Queen for solo guitar and symphony orchestra, was widely praised, including by Queen’s Brian May himself.

Carlos has formed musical associations with a wide variety of musicians including ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, guitarists John Williams and Paco Peña, violinists Salvatore Accardo and Pinchas Zukerman, and singers Patricia Rozario and Teresa Berganza

His latest CD album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour was released in July 2011. It is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos’ own arrangements for solo guitar. At his shows at Shelter, he will present his very personal interpretations of such familiar pop hits as Lennon/McCartney’s “Yesterday,” “Strawberry Fields,”  “Here Comes the Sun” and “Penny Lane.” Also featured will be Queen’s “Who Wants To Live Forever,” “Lily of the Valley,” “Nevermore” as well as Bonell’s “Anda Jaleo” and “Malaguena.”

Tickets are 250 pesos, available at the Biblioteca or Shelter Theater box office.

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