GRAMMY-Winning Guitarist Sharon Isbin Will Be The Subject of a Documentary, To Be Broadcast Nationally On Television Nov-Dec

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Warner Classics to release special box set featuring five of Sharon Isbin’s greatest albums Oct 14, in conjunction with documentary broadcast

“Sharon Isbin: Troubadour” will explore the trailblazing performer’s extraordinary career, with guests including Michelle Obama, Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova and more

“She has broken every glass ceiling for guitar and for women in her field.”

Via Press Release:  With the release of her new documentary and a box set of five of her most popular albums, 2014 is ramping up to be an exciting year for Sharon Isbin, “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time” (Boston Magazine) and winner of multiple GRAMMY awards. “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour,” a one-hour documentary presented by American Public Television, will air on nearly 200 public television stations this November-December and be released on DVD/Blu-ray by Video Artists International. It paints the portrait of a trailblazing performer and teacher who over the course of her career has broken through numerous barriers to rise to the top of a traditionally male-dominated field.

The film, produced by Susan Dangel and narrated by NPR’s Susan Stamberg, features guest appearances by Joan Baez, Martina Navratilova, Garrison Keillor, David Hyde Pierce, Michelle Obama; rock legends Steve Vai, Janis Ian, Lesley Gore; composers Tan Dun, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, Joan Tower; jazz greats Stanley Jordan, Paul Winter, fiddler Mark O’Connor; and many others. Performances are showcased from international concert stages, the GRAMMY Awards, and the White House.

Watch the trailer for “Sharon Isbin: Troubadour”:


In coordination with the documentary broadcasts, Warner Classics will release a box set of five of Isbin’s most popular albums on October 14. The collection brings together cornerstones of the guitar concerto repertoire by Rodrigo and Villa-Lobos performed with the New York Philharmonic; arrangements of perennial Baroque favorites; music from South America with organic Brazilian percussion and guest Paul Winter; two GRAMMY Award-winning discs: concerti by Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun (written for Isbin and featured in the documentary), and her imaginatively-programmed solo disc ‘Dreams of a World.’ More info:

Isbin will also embark on a US tour this November that will demonstrate her “jaw-dropping technique and lyrical interpretations [that] have helped bring the guitar into the classical mainstream” (Washington Post), reaffirming her position as “one of the best guitarists in the world” (Boston Globe). Tour dates:

Cover Photo credit:  J. Henry Fair

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