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Robert Phillips, Classical Guitarist (CANCELLED)

June 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Robert Phillips

This concert is cancelled due to State and local requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Preservation New Jersey welcomes classical guitarist Robert Phillips in his first performance at the 1867 Sanctuary for a special midweek performance.

Robert Phillips will perform The Orange Blossom Dances, a virtuosic suite of dances for classical guitar composed for him by 6 of the most compelling composers active in Central Florida today. The set includes waltzes, sambas, malambos, and Spanish rumbas by composers whose backgrounds go from the Village Gate to Carnegie Hall, and from Cirque de Soleil to Lincoln Center. He will round the evening out with well known works from the Spanish classical guitar canon.

“Virtuosic playing and a perfect sense of timing,” raves Guitar Extra  of  ROBERT PHILLIPS debut recording, Guitarre Nouveau.

“…listeners were transported to a sunny street in Spain, and they never looked back,” wrote Sandra Dimsdale of The Ledger.

Robert Phillips has embraced a wide range of repertory preferences performing the standard solo classical guitar repertoire as well as Brazilian jazz. His eclectic programming has excited audiences throughout the U.S., the Middle East, and Canada, and Spain.  Along with the standard classical guitar repertoire, he performs his own compositions, and has premiered works by three-time Pulitzer nominee, Frank Brazinski, Eric Ross, Alfred Giusto, and Meyer Kupferman, as well as the premier performance of  “Goyescana”, a concerto written for him by three-time Grammy winner, Michael Colina.  He most recently has commissioned and recorded a set of 6 dances for guitar by Jorge Morel, Troy Gifford, Rex Willis, Howard Buss, Charles Griffin, and Benoit Glazer.

Robert Phillips holds a doctorate in music from the University of Miami.  A recipient of a Japan Fulbright, Dr. Phillips is respected internationally as a scholar, and educator, as well as a performer. Since 2010 he has been teaching classical guitar, and music theory at the Lois Cowles Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts.  Dr. Phillips is also an adjunct professor of applied music (classical guitar) at Southeastern University.

“Then came the world premiere of Michael Colina’s Concerto for Guitar, performed by Robert Phillips, which was the high point of the symphonic soiree… (The) virtuosic usage of the solo instrument offered a dynamic listening experience.  Phillips tastefully performed the Concerto, with obvious attention to both rhythmic and melodic nuances of the composition. The performer himself commissioned the piece and seemed to resonate intimately with the composition’s spirit.” — Sergiu Gherman, The Ledger

“Guitarist Robert Phillips is an extraordinary artist whose central involvement and dedication to new music goes well beyond the ‘Mission Impossible’ approach of less imaginative players.   When Phillips plays my ‘Pipe Dream Sonata’ I feel he brings with him an entirely new dimension to the curious world of the guitar – its technique and its expressive image!” — Meyer Kupferman

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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June 3, 2020
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map