Like a fine wine complements a gourmet meal, the acoustics of Skidmore College’s new Zankel Music Center were a perfect match for the rich, full tones of internationally renowned classical guitarist Robert Trent on Thursday evening. Without any means of amplification at all, every single note, every intended nuance could be clearly heard from Trent’s small guitar anywhere in the concert hall.
Trent performed marvelously in the style of Johann Scherzer (ca. 1850) on his unique, 10-stringed guitar. The addition of the four top bass strings on a separate neck jutting at a slight upward angle extended the length of the fretboard, allowing Trent to play harmonics far surpassing the tonal range of a standard six-string guitar.