Lily Afshar, Professor of Guitar at the University of Memphis, blends a fascinating analysis of etchings by Francisco Goya with her own inimitable performance on the classical guitar. Her first album, The 24 Caprichos de Goya, OP. 195, was originally inspired by a series of Goya's satirical black and white etchings in the eighteenth century. In order to understand the meaning of each guitar piece, Afshar extensively studied the pictures along with Goya's life, his political, social, personal and philosophical beliefs. The result is a musical masterwork. Dr. Afshar will both explain the artwork and perform selected pieces.
Dr. Afshar's solo, chamber, and concerto appearances, combined with her adventurous recordings, have earned her the status of "one of the world's foremost classical guitarists," according to Public Radio International. The Washington Post has described her onstage performances as "remarkable, impeccable." Perhaps equally as important is her reputation for expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire. She has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Conservatory and the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist in Los Angeles. The University of Memphis has conferred upon her the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Research Award, and the Eminent Faculty Award.
Her performance is co-sponsored by the Women's Leadership & Philanthropy Council, the Center for Research on Women, and the Persian Students Association. The event will be held at the University Center Theater, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture/recital at 6:30 p.m.