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Live from WRTI 90.1: Guitarist Brad Rau Plays Bach and Works Influenced by Jazz and South America

Guitarist Brad Rau

Acclaimed as "an artist of the first order, taking his place beside the great performers" by Jamsphere Music Magazine, guitarist Brad Rau performs extensively around the Philadelphia region, and has developed a distinctive teaching style combining music, physics, philosophy and humor. On Friday, April 5th, he visited the Performance Studio to play a variety of works and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

Now out with a new CD, Guitar Night, Brad Rau plays a sample of his wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to modern and contemporary works by Venezuelan, Russian, and Argentinian composers, and talk about his philosophy of teaching and music making.

WRTI Program:

Valse Venezuela no 2 by Antonio Lauro

Usher Valse by Nikita Koshkin

Danza in E Minor by Jorge Morel

Fugue BWV 995 by J.S. Bach

Brad Raureceived a scholarship to attend New England Conservatory, and received a Master's degree in 2015 with academic honors. At NEC, he studied classical guitar under Eliot Fisk who was the last pupil of Andres Segovia. Brad has performed in countless masterclasses with instructors including; Sharon Isbin, and Andrew York both Grammy award winning guitarists. Brad was a semi-finalist in the International Texas Guitar Competition of 2008. Brad currently studies under Grammy awarding winnings guitarist Jason Vieaux. Brad has been performing music for over 20 years as a classical guitarist, rock guitarist, and rock drummer.

Upcoming shows include: Brandywine Branch Bistro on April 12th, Kennett Flash on April 14th, The Pharmacy in Philadelphia on June 15th.

Check out Brad Rau's full schedule.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.