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Anthony De Ritis’ Augustine Foundation Guitar Commission

April 4, 2012
The Boston Classical Guitar Society announced today that it has received a grant from the New York-based Augustine Foundation, to support the commission of a new work for guitar composed by Prof. Anthony De Ritis. The piece will be premiered on April 21, as part of “Festival 21,” a festival of guitar works featuring acclaimed guitarist David Leisner.  The grant also triggered a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit http://www.bostonguitar.info/performers/12_festival21.html

Composer Anthony Paul De Ritis, born on Long Island, New York, is currently Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston. De Ritis’ music has been described as having “absorbing play of texture, exciting use of color” (San Francisco Chronicle); “…intriguingly beautiful… cutting-edge” (Tech TV); “… brash, rhythmic, propulsive and completely engaging” (Contra Costa Times) and sounding “like a rich tapestry in the spirit of Charles Ives” (The Boston Globe). He has received performances nationally and internationally, including at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Harvard’s Sanders Theatre as part of the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Taipei’s Zhong Shan Hall, and UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where his Melody for Peace was premiered by the Prague Philharmonic.