Composer, performer and educator Greg Alan Schneider will explore the influence of a Spanish stringed instrument, the vihuela, on the modern classical guitar in “Kissin’ Cousins: Spanish Vihuela Meets Classical Guitar” at 2 pm, Sunday, Jan. 2, in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. The event, part of the Threads of Memory Lecture Series, is free with admission to the museum; Sundays free to NM residents.
The lecture series supports the U.S. debut of the exhibition The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos), which closes Jan. 9.
“The vihuela was the Spanish equivalent of the lute,” Schneider said. “Whereas the lute, which was played nearly everywhere else in Europe during the 16th century, is a direct descendent of the Arabic L’oud, the vihuela’s body lacks the profile of the oud and looks very much like what would become the modern classical guitar.”
Schneider, a former orchestra member with the Santa Fe Opera and current artist-in-resident, has written compositions that have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He served as interim music director for the Los Alamos Choral Society and teaches at UNM-LA. He is the director of Music Together of Los Alamos, which provides preschool music education to children ages 0-5 and their parents. He teaches guitar and is composing a string quartet based upon the experience of the children in the Terezín concentration camp in present-day Czech Republic.
The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: España y los Estados Unidos) is sponsored by the Fundación Rafael del Pino and, along with the Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies), is co-organized with the State Corporation for the Spanish Cultural Action Abroad (Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior, or SEACEX), in collaboration with Spain’s Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Culture. The exhibition and lecture series are supported locally by the city of Santa Fe, Wells Fargo Bank, Heritage Hotels, the College of Santa Fe and the Palace Guard. Click here for more information.