Mandolinist August Watters, an associate professor in the Ear Training Department, presents an evening of original and standard compositions for classical mandolin. He is the author of Berklee Press's Exploring Classical Mandolin, an instructional method designed to introduce compositions and techniques from the 300-year history of classical mandolin to a new generation, as well as an international clinician, soloist, composer, and conductor. Watters also founded the New England Mandolin Ensemble, the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music, and Cape Cod Mandolin Camp.
This performance will include works by early 20th-century American virtuosi such as Seth Weeks, Aubrey Stauffer, and Giuseppe Pettine, along with new compositions using traditional techniques borrowed from the 18th- and 19th-century masters such as Gabriele Leone, Raffaele Calace, and Carlo Munier. The concert will spotlight America's earliest popular and virtuoso mandolin styles with emphasis on contemporary applications of traditional techniques and repertoire. David Newsam, improvising classical guitarist and assistant professor in the Guitar Department, will also perform.