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Music Lectures

The Library at Night

A Literary and Musical Journey featuring guitarist Colin McAllister


Sunday, March 26, 2017

All lectures begin at 7:30PM


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce THE LIBRARY AT NIGHT,  a literary and musical journey featuring guitarist Colin McAllister. Drawing inspiration from Alberto Manguel’s The Library at Night (a series of essays on the idea of the library), Colin McAllister’s captivating new recital takes the listener on a literary, musical and historical journey through time and place. For several of Manguel’s essays (e.g., “The Library as Imagination”, “The Library as Space”, “The Library as Oblivion”) McAllister interweaves music alongside readings from the book, historical vignettes and visual imagery in an engaging concert-length presentation. The compelling selection of music includes masters of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque polyphony, the first “Golden Age” of the guitar, sensual rhythms from Latin America, and a newly commissioned work, Spines, by award-winning composer Christopher Adler. 


Colin McAllister pursues a creative life as a guitarist, conductor and historian. He engages deeply with cross-disciplinary ideas in the humanities, particularly the intersection between music and history, classics and religion. Colin has recorded for the Innova, Tzadik, Albany, Naxos, Centaur, Old King Cole, Vienna Modern Masters and Carrier record labels. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed his recent recording of Peter Scott Lewis’s Three Songs from Ish River with soprano Susan Narucki as a “sparkling gem…delivered superbly.” He has two publications with Productions d’OZ: The Vanguard Guitar and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex. The Vanguard Guitar was praised by Soundboard magazine as “a great success…not only a primer of modern techniques, but also a library of current performance practices.” He has been teaching guitar for over 25 years, and has developed a unique, cross-fit-based system of modular instruction for the instrument, which is featured in a video course on the fundamentals of guitar, produced by The Great Courses, to be released in April 2017. As a historian, his research interests are centered on Patristic eschatology, particularly third and fourth century apocalypticism, Tyconian studies, and the early medieval commentary tradition on the Revelation of John. Current projects include a translation of the Cambridge Apocalypse commentary and a reconstruction of the Hiberno-Latin gloss that underpins it (both with Dr. Francis X. Gumerlock). Each spring, he hosts the Through a Glass Darkly: UCCS Symposium on Apocalyptic at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities.


Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall Street

La Jolla, CA 92037



Individual tickets: $20 for members / $25 for nonmembers / $5 for students


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