Benjamin Verdery Coming to Houston

Legendary Professor of Guitar Yale School of Music


Houston Classical Guitar Festival & Competition


Benjamin Verdery Concert

June 15, 2024, 7:30 PM

St. Philip Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

4807 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77056




Scenes From Ellis Island

Benjamin Verdery, Composer and Conductor

Performed by the Houston Festival Guitar Orchestra

Projected images add to the emotion of this work.

General Admission: $35  /  Seniors: $30   /  Students: $5

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Scenes from Ellis Island has been broadcast extensively and performed throughout North America, Europe and New Zealand. Inspired by Verdery’s trip to the Ellis Island Museum, “I was particularly moved by various photographs of people in whose eyes one saw such hardship – so many, hoping and dreaming of a better future life here in America. Ellis Island was known as the ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears.’ This description weighed heavily on my mind as I wrote the piece.” It is written in 8 sections/scenes with projected images.

Benjamin Verdery:   Classical & Electric Guitar – Composer – Recording Artist

This legendary professor of guitar at Yale Music School for 40+ years, has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Verdery released over 17 albums – recorded and performed with scores of diverse artists, including Andy Summers, Leo Kottke, Anthony Newman, Jessye Norman, Herman Prey, Paco Peña, John Williams, hip-hop artist Billy Dean Thomas, Jiji, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet – to name a few. He is a prolific composer of works for guitar solo, duo, large ensembles, and film, including the iconic Scenes from Ellis Island    Full Bio:

Houston Classical Guitar Festival & Competition (HCGFest)

HCGFest is 6 days of guitar education, concerts and competitions for students of all ages. The concerts draw enthusiastic audiences who come to hear guest guitarists brought to Houston from around the world. HCGFest is a project of Gulf Coast Guitar Association, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. and