Marfa Dialogues

Making Art Work: Sharon Isbin

14 February 2011

We are honored to host visiting guitarist Sharon Isbin at Marfa Jr/Sr High School as part of our ongoing program, Making Art Work. By coordinating in-class visits, the program gives students direct exposure to working art professionals, like Isbin. She will play an acoustic piece for the band students and then talk about how she became a solo guitarist. Ballroom Marfa and Marfa ISD are extremely appreciative to Isbin for this visit — it’s an exciting and important opportunity for Marfa students to be exposed to a new art form.

After receiving news of the in-class visit Principal Graydon Hicks had this to say, “Marfa Junior/Senior High School is very pleased, and grateful, for the continued support and opportunities we receive from Ballroom Marfa in our fine arts areas. We consider ourselves lucky to have such an organization locally, providing important exposure from various fine arts professionals to our students. Diversity of education is extremely important, and we at Marfa Junior/Senior High would have a very difficult time providing that without the help we receive from Ballroom Marfa.”

The three-time Grammy Award-winning solo guitarist, Sharon Isbin, will perform at the Crowley Theater at 6:30 pm on Monday, 14 February 2011. Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She has given sold-out performances throughout the world at New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. She is a frequent guest on national radio programs including All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

For more information on Sharon, please visit her website.