by Jarrett Hoffman
Several things can stand in the way of a smooth musical arrangement, including the range of the instrument of destination.
“There used to be so many instances in arranging music when I said to myself, I wish I had some extra strings,” guitarist Drew Henderson said during a recent call from Toronto. So when an opportunity presented itself to purchase an eight-string guitar for a good price, he went for it. “And I haven’t looked back.”
Henderson will share the bill with Petra Polácková during a free, pre-recorded concert on Friday, June 4 as part of the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival. The Canadian guitarist will make use of the eight-string instrument for his own arrangement of the Prelude, Sarabande, and Boureés from J.S. Bach’s Fourth Cello Suite. His program also includes Joaquín Turina’s Sonata and Johann Kaspar Mertz’s arrangement of Schubert’s Lob der Tränen.
Henderson’s portion of the evening airs here at 7:30 pm, while Polácková will take the reins at 8:15 pm here with a program of music by John Dowland, Miguel Llobet, and Mertz. Admission is free, and donations can be placed here to support the artists.