Guitarist Susan McDonald

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Special Programs

Susan has created several special programs to appeal to various tastes. Below are some suggestions of specific concerts, but please feel free to mix and match! 
Through Susan's inclusion on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Texas presenters may be eligible for grants of up to 50 percent of Susan's fee.


The Aquarium: A Marine Micro-Ballet for Guitar and Sea Creatures

Join Susan in the magical world of sea creatures as she accompanies the strange and wonderful occupants of a saltwater aquarium with her original music. Creatures such as pom pom crabs, harlequin shrimp and serpent stars seem to dance to her music as she accompanies them next to a big screen. Expect to be delighted.

Spanish Caravan

If you love the music of Spain, you're sure to be delighted by this program. This concert will take you on a journey through the musical history of Spain from the earliest days of Moorish occupation into the courtly days of the Renaissance and the exquisitely ornamental Baroque period of Padre Soler.
The second half of the program will take you through the gardens of the Alhambra and on camel rides through the desert with the music of Tarrega, followed by a tour through the regions of Spain with the music of Albeniz and Granados.


Yasuni: Dances from the Rainforest

The first half of the program will be music from various regions around South America, including tangos from Argentina and sambas from Brasil.
The second half will be the stunning new multimedia Animal Ballet "Yasuni: Dances from the Rainforest,"which Susan filmed in the Ecuadorian Amazon region of Yasuni and set to her original musical compositions. Explore the most bio-diverse place on earth and  delight in  the wonder of its exquisite creatures. From flocks of parrots and swarms of butterfiles to the antics of colorful insects and monkeys, you will enter a beautiful, mysterious and musical world.

Travels Through Iraq

Travel with Susan to ancient Mesopotamia as she tells the story of "Gilgamesh," the world's earliest known work of literature, through rhymed verse and music. Continue with her to today's war-torn country with her heartwrending "Kurdish Suite," which was inpired by her time in Kurdish Iraq.