Kemper Unplugged

November 17, 2023
12 pm

Take a break in your day to hear Washington University faculty and students from the Department of Music, Arts & Sciences, in intimate chamber music and acoustic solo performances surrounded by art in the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries. These 45-minute concerts are free and open to the public.

Arrive early or stay after to grab lunch at the Museum’s Coffee Bar. Enjoy ice cream sandwiches from Sugarwitch, savory deli sandwiches from Parker’s Table, and pastries from Colleen’s. Members get 10% off your purchase with every visit. Learn more and join here >> 

This program features music spanning several different eras of the guitar repertoire. Works showcased will draw from the early classical/romantic composers of guitar music, into the 20th-century catalogue, early swing-era jazz music, modern jazz composition, and ambient textural pieces.


Sunburst by Andrew York (b. 1958)
Paula Glaser

Idle Moments by Grant Green (1925–1979)
Ben Ewer / Vincent Varvel*

four abstracts (after the poem “Black Dada”) by Vincent Varvel (b. 1962)
abstract I–“a matter of fact”

Romanza (Anonymous)
Logan Shimberg

Reflections by Thelonious Monk (1917–1982)
Carsen Codel / Vincent Varvel

abstract II–“sigh and breathe”

Danza Brasiler by Jorge Morel (1931–2021)
Andres Orbegozo

Nardis by Miles Davis (1926–1991)
Henry Windish / Vincent Varvel

abstract III–“a revolving door”

Adelita by Francisco Tarrega (1852–1909)
Etude No. 6 by Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Ken Guo

Honeysuckle Rose by Fats Waller (1904–1943)
solo by Charlie Christian (1916–1942)
Eric Abrahams / Vincent Varvel

abstract IV–“older and wiser”

Assadienne by Sebastien Vachez (b. 1973)
Mark Akin*

* Washington University faculty

Additional program date

Join us for the next Kemper Unplugged concert on Friday, December 1, at 12 pm.


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences.