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Inside Classical Guitar
Week of April 18 2016: Highlights: "Back to Bach!" A program consisting only of Johann Sebastian Bach arrangements for guitar, featuring acclaimed artists such as Christopher Parkening, Alexandre Lagoya, Raphaella Smits, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. One of these performers will be in St. Louis next season for our Great Artist Series...
Week of April 11 2016: Highlights: An interview with a local gem! John Clayton sits down with St. Louis classical guitarist Alyssa Catlin to discuss, among other things, her debut album "Alegría," which will be featured throughout the program in it's entirety. Catlin released "Alegría" in 2015, which includes works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Erik Satie, Agustín Barrios, Sérgio Assad, and more! Alyssa studied with renowned classical guitarist John McClellan at Webster University where she got her undergraduate degree in classical guitar performance. McClellan initiated the idea of Catlin's solo album, in which he helped to record, master, and produce.
Week of April 4 2016: Highlights: "The Class of '85 with John Williams" - The class of '85 refers to the year of 1685, the birth year of great composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel. Classic recordings from John Williams' discography, including timeless works arranged for guitar by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel, along with Mauro Giuliani's 'Variations for Guitar in A major on a Theme by Handel.'
Week of March 28 2016: Highlights: A sneak preview of Polish guitar virtuoso Łukasz Kuropaczewski before his performance (our final concert of the season) Saturday, April 2nd, at 8:00 PM at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. From his album 'Polish Music,' Kuropaczewski plays the music of Alexandre Tansman, a composer from Poland who lived most of his life in France. Although Tansman was a pianist and wrote many orchestral and piano pieces, he is also known for his guitar works. We will play Mr. Kuropaczewski's recordings of Tansman's 'Cavatina,' and as well 'Suite in modo polonico' written for Andres Segovia in 1962.
Week of March 21 2016: Highlights: From his 1989 release 'The Great Guitar Concertos,' John Williams performs beautiful, individually unique concertos taken from all different eras of Classical music. Listen in for three guitar concertos featuring Williams, from Baroque icon Antonio Vivaldi, Romantic composer and guitarist Mauro Giuliani, and 20th century Mexican composer Manuel María Ponce.
Week of March 14 2016: Highlights: Raymond Burley and John Mills Guitar Duo, performing selections of Leo Brouwer, Carulli, Bartók, and more from their album 'Divertimento' (2003).
Week of March 7 2016: Highlights: One violinist and two guitarists playing Gypsy-inspired music from all across Europe, the Middle-East, and Russia! The selections on this program are all composed or arranged by Sergio Assad from the CD “Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Sérgio and Odair Assad” on Nonesuch Records, recorded in the summer of 1998 at the Aspen Music Festival. World-renown American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Brazilian guitarists, brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad, collaborate to create a lively and unique performance of Gypsy music and culture.
Week of February 29 2016: Highlights: This week we will feature guitarist Gohar Vardanyan, Armenian female guitar virtuoso. Vardanyan has studied under three classical guitar masters: Antigoni Goni at the Juilliard School Pre-College Program, Manuel Barrueco for her Bachelor of Music at the Peabody Conservatory, and Sharon Isbin at the Juilliard School for her Master of Music. This program includes selections from Gohar Vardanyan's debut album 'Paisajes,' as well as recordings from all three of her world-famous teachers! Executive Director William Ash also gives an update on the Hanser-McClellan Duo's artist residency in St. Louis Public Schools and the All-Metro Guitar Fest at the Sun Theatre, on March 6 at 2:30 PM.
Week of February 22 2016: Highlights: A mashup of Rodrigo! Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) wrote four concertos for the guitar, two of which we will present tonight. We hand-picked these 'mashup' concertos, featuring a different guitarist for each movement. 'Concierto de Aranjuez' was Rodrigo's first and most famous concerto featuring guitar, and 'Fantasía para un gentilhombre' was written using themes from Baroque guitar works of Gaspar Sanz (1640 - 1710).
Week of February 15 2016: Highlights: This week's program focuses on Hungarian-born guitarist and composer Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806 - 1856). Mertz was known for his passion-filled, lyrical guitar compositions, inspired by Romantic music and piano stylizations. We will feature recordings of Mertz's acclaimed repertoire by guitarists Thibalut Cauvin, David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and more! The last piece in the program, performed by Franco Platino, is Mertz's 'Elegie.' An elegy is a song typically written to lament for one who has died. It has been speculated that Mertz had written this piece for himself while he was suffering from a life threatening disease, which eventually killed him.