Sharon Isbin, a 2002 Grammy Award winner, recently visited the National Music Museum (NMM) at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Isbin was the first classical guitar player to win a Grammy in 28 years and is the only guitar player ever to record with the New York Philharmonic. She is currently on tour with Patty Larkin and Kaki King promoting a new CD, La Guitara, which features performances by women guitar players of different styles.
Isbin, called "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time" by Boston Magazine, stopped in Vermillion to view the NMM's world-famous collections and to examine "The Rawlins" guitar built by Antonio Stradivari of Cremona, Italy, in 1700. The instrument is one of only three documented guitars by the great master known to survive. It has been featured in several international exhibitions, including Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2001.
"The Rawlins" can be seen on exhibit at the NMM, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m.