Sunday, January 6
Wichita Eagle Correspondent
Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, one of the most sought-after classical guitarists in the world, is coming to Wichita to perform with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
Fisk will play Antonio Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto and Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” For both pieces, the orchestra will be minimized to accompany the guitar.
“He’s an outstanding performer,” said Daniel Hege, the symphony’s music director and conductor. “He’s very exciting and incredibly engaging.”
Fisk said he is thrilled to visit Wichita.
“It’s wonderful that people value music in Wichita,” Fisk said. “There are a lot of ancillary benefits to playing and listening to music.”
Fisk wants people to hear live music. He goes out of his way to demonstrate and perform worldwide. The Yale University graduate and native of upstate New York teaches at two colleges: the New England Conservatory and Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He says he wants to reach as many people as he can with his guitar. In Austria, he teaches in five languages. He is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, German and English and also converses in Swedish.
“It’s my missionary imperative to get out there and interface with the community,” Fisk said. “I want to capture their imagination.”
Fisk, a Grammy nominee, has garnered many awards, including one from the King of Spain. But what he says he wants most is for people to realize the benefits of live classical music. To facilitate his goals, he travels the world performing and visiting schools, senior citizens homes and prisons.
“When you are on stage playing music with one another, there is no such thing as just one individual winning,” he said. “We’ve all got to win.”
Fisk will bring either his cedar and spruce guitar named Brujo, Spanish for shaman or medicine man, or his blond maple guitar named Paladin. Both guitars were handcrafted by luthier Stephan Connor.