Douglas Rubio Presents Classical Guitar Concert at Crane Sunday


The Crane School of Music Faculty Recital Series will continue on Sunday, Sept. 15, with a concert featuring Douglas Rubio on classical guitar at 3 the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The performance will include works by Dowland, Eastwood, Karpman and Brouwer. Also performing on the program will be Anna Hendrickson, oboe, and Laura Klugherz, viola.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

One highlight of the program will be the performance of "Waxing Nostalgic" for viola, guitar and "processed audio," by California composer Laura Karpman. The audio files are manipulations of wax cylinder recordings of Mexican folk songs sung by Los Angeles natives in 1903-04.

"Sometimes the recordings are on their own, sometimes they accompany the instrumentalists, and sometimes the live players accompany the recordings. These sounds allow me to look back in time to early California — no traffic, sunshine and the smell of ocean and orange blossoms ... so I wax nostalgic," the composer said of the piece.

About the performer:

Dr. Douglas Rubio is a professor of classical guitar at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. He has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been the featured concerto soloist with the Montecito (California) and Pennsylvania Centre chamber orchestras, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. His Avalon Guitar Duo won first prize in the 1985 Guitar Foundation of America International Duo Guitar Competition, and is featured on the album, "GFA Winners Circle 1982-1993." Rubio is also featured on an album of solo and chamber music by Heitor Villa-Lobos released on the Naxos label. He performs frequently with flutist Jill Rubio as the Rubio Duo, as well as with Sweet, Fair & Wise, a trio of flute, tenor voice and guitar. Rubio received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Irvine, and holds both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in classical guitar performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Spanish virtuoso Pepe Romero. Prior to coming to Crane, Rubio directed a very successful guitar program at Illinois State University. He performs on a guitar built by Gregory Byers, and uses D'Addario strings exclusively.

For more information about the exceptional faculty at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.