For release: April 12, 2013
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
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 www.memphis.edu/moch, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Dr. Aram Goudsouzian at 901-678-2520.