Chamber Music Series
¡Ole! Works for Winds and Guitar
with Sungmin Shin, guitar
Friday, September 27, 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church, 610 2nd Ave N
Sunday, September 29, 2:00 PM
First Congregational UCC, 2900 9th Ave S
Guitarist Sungmin Shin joins the Chinook Winds for a spicy season opener, ¡Ole! The integration of wind quintet sounds juxtaposed against plucked strings is premiered in a commissioned work by Shin and a new transcription of Luigi Boccherini’s Fandango evokes the blood and sensuality of old Spain. Mario Tedesco’s Eclogue, a trio for flute, English horn, and guitar, and Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, a melancholy tango for horn, bassoon, and guitar, add even more Latin flavor and flair.
Korean American guitarist and composer Sungmin Shin maintains a vigorous schedule divided between performing and teaching in a wide variety of musical settings. As a musician, Dr. Shin finds a unique balance between his classical training and deep roots in popular guitar styles. This combination drives his curiosity to seek new modes of expression through performance, improvisation, and composition. Dr. Shin has been acknowledged through numerous awards, grants and scholarships, and has been invited to perform and present workshops, masterclasses, and lectures across the U.S. and Canada. A frequent collaborator with various musicians and ensembles, he is a member of the internationally acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet and the Rochester-based contemporary quintet fivebyfive. Dr. Shin is a devoted educator and shares his passion for music with students of all ages and levels. He is currently on faculty at The University at Buffalo (SUNY) where he directs the UB Guitar Ensemble and teaches acoustic, classical and electric guitars. Also, he is an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology teaching guitar and history of popular music. He has been invited to teach, present, and adjudicate for festivals and guitar programs around the US and Canada including Arkansas State University, Bloomsburg University, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, Great Lakes Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America, New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival, UofL Guitar Festival & Competition (Louisville, KY), and more. During the summers, he serves on the faculty of Guitar Workshop Plus in Toronto, ONT.