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Free Outdoor Guitar Concert Features Juan Carlos Laguna

By Camie Sands

The Mexican guitarist Juan Carlos Laguna first gained worldwide recognition in 1991, when he won the top prize in the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. Today as an exclusive recording artist for Urtext Digital Classics, Laguna has been lauded by music critics for his virtuoso technique and for his interpretative skills. His repertoire runs from works by classical Latin composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and Manuel Ponce, to works by contemporary composers such as Tomás Marco and Leo Brouwer.

Classical Guitar Concert
Music Under the Trees presents
Juan Carlos Laguna
Sat, Mar 12, 1pm
Courtyard of Bellas Artes

On Saturday, March 12, at 1pm, Laguna will give a free outdoor concert in the courtyard of Bellas Artes. The concert is the fifth installment of Music Under the Trees/Música bajo los Árboles, a series cosponsored by El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) and the Festival Internacional de Música.

Juan Carlos Laguna has performed as a soloist with major international orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Sinfonietta, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima, and with many of the leading orchestras in Mexico. He has given solo recitals in concert halls throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries, and in Europe, the United States, Egypt, and Japan.

Born in Mexico City, Laguna studied at the music conservatory at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and graduated with honors. He has given master classes at conservatories in Mexico and abroad, including the Royal College of Music in London, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the University of Costa Rica.

Music Under the Trees concerts are held on the second Saturday of every month at 1pm in the courtyard of Bellas Artes. The musical offerings range from classical music to popular styles. Since the inaugural concert this past November, audiences have been treated to the sounds of the Heitter String Quartet, the Chalumeau Clarinet Quartet, and the Sayab Ensamble, a group of talented local musicians whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Brazilian samba. Attendance for Music Under the Trees has steadily grown. The Sayab concert drew a standing-room-only crowd, so early arrival is recommended.


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