Isbin, Jordan and Lubambo share guitar passions Jan. 31 at Eisenhower

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Three-time Grammy Award winner and classical virtuoso Sharon Isbin, named by Boston magazine as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” teams with innovative American jazzman Stanley Jordan and Brazilian jazz master Romero Lubambo to perform Latin, jazz and Brazilian music in Guitar Passions at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

The concert, inspired by the popular 2011 album "Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions," utilizes a mix of acoustic and electric guitars and features works by composers such as Joaquin Rodrigo, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Isaac Albéniz, Gentil Montaña, Quique Sinesi, Ariel Ramírez and Alfredo Vianna.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $42 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The director of guitar studies at New York City’s Juilliard School, Isbin has recorded more than 25 albums of music ranging from Baroque and Spanish/Latin to crossover and jazz-fusion. A writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called the Minneapolis native “the Monet of the classical guitar … a master colorist.”

“She gets nuances out of the classical guitar few guitarists since Segovia have matched,” wrote a Chicago Tribune critic. “Everything she performs bespeaks perfect technical control yet suggests spontaneous improvisation — the art that conceals art.”

Jordan, who takes listeners on journeys into the unexpected, has enjoyed critical and commercial success for almost three decades. The Princeton University graduate, often described as a musical chameleon, performs reinventions of classical masterpieces, soulful explorations of pop-rock hits, straight-ahead jazz and ultramodern improvisations.

In "Magic Touch," his 1985 debut album, the Chicago native introduced the world to his extraordinary tapping technique.

“Jordan’s revolutionary approach to the instrument, consisting of striking the fretboard with both hands to sound notes, allows him access to musical possibilities that are simply out of the reach of other guitar players,” wrote a critic for “It is in his hands that the guitar attains a level of self-accompaniment formerly held only by the piano.”

Lubambo, called an “ebullient acoustic guitarist” by a JazzTimes reviewer, left Rio de Janeiro for the United States in 1985. He utilizes the styles and rhythms of his native Brazil, plus a fluency in American jazz traditions, to forge a distinctive style.

“Romero Lubambo has been one of the most impressive South American guitarists to arrive on the jazz scene,” wrote a critic for the All Music Guide. “He’s appeared on numerous recordings and also been part of the group Trio da Paz.”

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, will be offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Stephen and Patricia Noel will sponsor the presentation. Radio station 93.7 The BUS is the media sponsor.

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Last Updated January 16, 2014