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Guitar Virtuoso Lily Afshar Will Blend Analysis and Performance in “Goya and the Guitar”

For release: April 12, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520

Lily Afshar
Lily Afshar

Lily Afshar, professor of guitar at the University of Memphis, will blend a fascinating analysis of etchings by Francisco Goya with her own inimitable performance on the classical guitar in a unique event. “Goya and the Guitar” will be held Thursday, April 18, in the University Center Theatre on the U of M campus.  A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

Afshar’s first album, The 24 Caprichos de Goya, OP. 195, was originally inspired by a series of Goya’s satirical black and white etchings in the 18th century. In order to understand the meaning of each guitar piece, Afshar extensively studied the pictures along with Goya’s life, his political, social, personal and philosophical beliefs. Afshar will explain the artwork and perform selected pieces.

Afshar is “one of the world's foremost classical guitarists,” according to Public Radio International. The Washington Post has described her onstage performances as “remarkable, impeccable.” She has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Conservatory and the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist. The U of M has honored her with the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Research Award and the Eminent Faculty Award.

Her performance is co-sponsored by the Women’s Leadership & Philanthropy Council, the Center for Research on Women, and the Persian Students Association.

For more information on this event or the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, visit, email, or call Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520.

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