Andre Feriante

Benaroya’s annual night of romance

In Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her, one of the most poignant scenes begins with the first strains of “Cucurrucucu Paloma,” by Brazilian singer-guitarist Caetano Veloso, as he plays to a group of people seated outside on a warm night. Though local classical guitarist Andre Feriante doesn’t sing, this is what his skillful playing always reminds me of. It’s largely bittersweet music—a little he-loves-me, a little he-loves-me-not. “The style I play has a nostalgic, romantic element to it, and that’s why I [originally] decided to present a guitar show around Valentine’s Day,” says Feriante, who celebrates the show’s 10th anniversary tonight. A longtime performer in Seattle, Feriante was raised in Italy and trained by Andres Segovia, considered the father of modern classical guitar. A short tribute to Segovia in tonight’s program will include works by influential composers Villa-Lobos, Torroba, and Ponce. “Segovia was quite a character, a poetic and outspoken individual, and he had some interesting things to say about the guitar and love. He was paralleling the guitar to a woman frequently,” says Feriante. But you don’t need one to enjoy his show. “It’s about introspection. Ultimately, you’re sitting in the hall alone. Once you’re traveling with the music, you’re alone with your thoughts.” Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 628-0888. $35. 8 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2008