HARTFORD — One of the year’s most anticipated musical celebrations, Guitar Under the Stars, returns to Hartford. Founder and acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar is proud to announce that GUTS 2019 will be held in historic Bushnell Park in the Capitol City for the first time, on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Guitar Under The Stars is a large-scale outdoor concert and annual end-of-summer tradition that draws thousands of music lovers. The exciting program combines Salazar’s bold and original compositions with brilliant orchestral arrangements, all performed by his ensemble of international musicians and featuring players from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.
The event is free and open to all, no tickets are required. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The schedule of events for the concert are as follows:
5 - 7 p.m. Face painting for all ages by Paloma Face Painting
5 p.m. Argentine Tango social dancing presented by The Garage Dance Studio
6 p.m. Salsa and Latin dancing with DJ Willie Rios
7:30 p.m. The Daniel Salazar Ensemble with special guests Spanish Flamenco singer/guitarist Juan Pedro Jimenez, Flamenco dancer Yohanna Escamilla, Brazilian singer Jose Paulo, and members of The Hartford Symphony Orchestra with conductor Emmett Drake.
Immediately following the concert, the music and dancing continues with DJ Willie Rios until 11 p.m.
New for 2019, there will be VIP reserved lawn spaces in front of the stage. Guests are invited to support this free community event, reserve a great close up view of the stage, and receive a free glass of sangria, all for a $25 donation. VIP spots can be obtained by visiting www.danielsalazar.com.
No coolers or outside food may be brought into the event, but food and beverages will be available for sale. In case of rain, the event will be held the next day, Sunday, Sept. 8. For more information, please visit www.danielsalazar.com or call 860-264-5713.
Daniel Salazar was born in El Paso, Texas to immigrant Mexican parents who instilled in him a deep love for music. He grew up surrounded by a close knit extended family, immersed in the cultural traditions of his Mexican and Spanish heritage within the bi-cultural environment of the United States border with Mexico. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas, holds a Master of Music Degree from the prestigious Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and also studied guitar in Spain. Salazar has performed in master classes with illustrious classical guitar maestros and considers Oscar Ghiglia, Christopher Parkening, Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer, and Manuel Barrueco as being the most influential to his music. He is a long-time resident of Hartford.
Praised internationally for his warm, virtuosic playing, his solo, chamber, and orchestral performances have been enjoyed by audiences in over 12 countries. His quest to reach new audiences has led Salazar to explore and create a unique repertoire of original compositions that cross stylistic boundaries, combining the traditions of the Spanish classical guitar with other styles that influenced his musical development. In addition to his solo, chamber music, and concerto performances, Salazar currently performs with The Daniel Salazar Ensemble, a group of international musicians in a program that has been described as “a spectacular fusion of Spanish classical guitar with Latin and World rhythms.” He has produced and released three recordings on his own SGP label. The recordings sell internationally and are available through his website, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other sites.
With his international performances, distinctive repertoire, dynamic original music, and arrangements of Spanish classics for guitar and orchestra, Daniel Salazar continues to expand the guitar’s repertoire while introducing new audiences to the beautiful sound of the Spanish classical guitar.