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The Village Trip GuitarFest II – Mel Powell Centenary – My Guy’s Come Back

September 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT

$25 – $30
Mel Powell and Benny Goodman

[Image: Mel Powell and Benny Goodman]

In the 1940s during the height of the Swing era, Mel Powell wrote songs for the Benny Goodman Orchestra — songs like, “My Guy’s Come Back” (1945). Powell’s path forward through the wide open musical possibilities of the postwar decades led him to win a Pulitzer Prize for his Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.

The Village Trip GuitarFest explores these postwar spaces and what’s become of them. British composer John Duarte was put on the map by Andres Segovia. Duarte’s “Joan Baez Suite” makes a surprising link between the world of legendary guitarist Andres Segovia and the Greenwich Village of Joan Baez. Damon Ferrante’s “Beyond the Line of Blue “ are settings of Edgar Allen Poe for two guitars and mezzo Jessica Bowers. Volver a los 19, by Felipe Pinto d’Aguiar was commissioned by Fundación Guitarra Viva Ernesto Quezada for Chilean guitarist Sebastian Molina. Martin Rokeach’s award-winning Fantasy on 12-Strings opens the program.


  • Joan Baez
  • Mel Powell
  • Martin Rokeach
  • Damon Ferrante
  • John Duarte
  • Felipe Pinto d’Aguiar


Guitar Ochestra Members

Dan Lippel
Noam Beili
David Chidsey
Kevin Robert
Adam Negrin

Daniel Conant
Neil Beckmann
Alejandro Castellano
Pascual Araujo
Diego Andrade

Ebin Samuel
R Mision
Chris Rispoli
Oren Fader
John Chang

Jack Ward
Neil Beckmann
Daniel Zapata
Peter Argondizza
Kyle Miller


September 16, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
$25 – $30
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St John’s in the Village
218 W 11th St
New York, NY New York, 10014 United States
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