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SOLD OUT: Raphaella Smits, guitar

Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

Galvin Recital Hall

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“Nimble fingers, a prismatic sense of timbre, and a serene dignity that informs all she plays” —New York Times

Raphaella Smits plays worldwide on eight-string guitars and historical instruments. Recognized as “an uncommonly musical guitarist” (New York Times), her solo recitals as well as her performances with distinguished colleagues have met with enthusiastic audiences and press. Smits has made 21 recordings and is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music, serving on the juries of many international music competitions. In 1986, Smits was the first woman to win the first prize of the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tarrega, the famous international guitar competition in Benicàssim, Spain, earning praise from chairmen Andrés Segovia and Narciso Yepes. She holds a chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium and regularly gives master classes across Europe, the Americas, and Japan. 

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Preludios, W419 
Jorge Morel, Suite Olga 
Jorge Morel, Romance 
Jorge Morel, Dos Danzas 
José Luis Merlin, Suite del Recuerdo 
Juan Falú, Como el aire 
Euardo Falú, Cuando se dice adiós 

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.