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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.
Week of February 8 2016: Highlights: A concert preview program for Xuefei Yang! To get familiar with her repertoire, the selections on this show are all pieces Yang will perform at her concert Saturday, February 13, 8:00 PM at the Ethical Society. Although, since she has not recorded most of her program, we will be playing these works performed by other artists, such as Jason Vieaux, John Williams, David Russell, and more! You do not want to miss this fabulous world-class musician!
As well, Executive Director William Ash provides information about the artist residency in public schools with The Hanser-McClellan Guitar Duo, St. Louis' own acclaimed guitarists!
Week of February 1 2016: Highlights: This evening's program previews our next concert guitarist Xuefei Yang, who performs in St. Louis on Saturday, February 13th at the Ethical Society, 8:00 PM. This show will be Part 1 of 2 featuring recordings from Yang's various albums, such as "Sojourn - The Very Best of Xuefei Yang" and "Si Ji" (Four Seasons). Yang's repertoire combines timeless masterpieces for the guitar along with beautiful arrangements of folk-songs from her homeland of China.
Week of January 25 2016: Highlights: Tonight's show presents works by composers from England, performed by favorites such as LAGQ, Sharon Isbin, and John Williams. Our program also includes a special preview of Łukasz Kuropaczewski, who performs at the Ethical Society on April 2nd as part of our Great Artist Series. Kuropaczewski plays Benjamin Britten's 'Nocturnal, Op. 70' (1963) which was written for Julian Bream and based on “Come, Heavy Sleep” from John Dowland’s "First Book of Songs" (1597).
Week of January 18 2016 : "Tangos, Last Dance!" Highlights: This radio show shares the music of our up-coming guests Duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta! Hailing from Italy, Guitarist Giampaolo Bandini and bandoneon player Cesare Chiacchiaretta perform works hailing from Argentina on their recent album 'Hombres du Tango.' You don't want to miss their St. Louis debut concert at The Sheldon Concert Hall, this Saturday, 7:30 PM! SLCGS Executive Director William Ash provides a great description of the concert on the show tonight, exclaiming that, "these are two of the most musical musicians I have ever heard...It is just an emotional experience..."
Week of January 11 2016: "Tangos, Part Two!" Highlights: All pieces from tonight's show are Astor Piazzolla compositions or arrangements. One of the most celebrated Piazzolla works for the guitar, 'Histoire du tango,' is a four movement suite arranged for guitar and flute. Each movement represents a different era of the tango in South America: I. Bordel (Cabaret bar) II. Cafe III. Nightclub IV. Concertd'aujord'hui (Modern Concert). We have featured a different ensemble performing each movement of 'Histoire du tango.'
Week of January 4 2016: Highlights: “Tango Assassins!” The compositions of Astor Piazzolla combine styles of traditional South American and classical music, all inspired by tango dance. John McClellan and the Hanser-McClellan Duo perform Piazzolla, and as well as our up-and-coming concert series guests Giampaolo Bandini - Cesare Chiacchiaretta Duo, guitar and bandoneon, who will be performing at the Sheldon on Friday, January 22nd. Duo Erato (Martha Masters and Risa Carlson, guitars), take us to Spain in their recording of Fernando Sor's "L’Encouragement," which the SLCGS Orchestra will be performing for the Member's Gathering event on Sunday, January 17th.
Week of December 28 2015: Highlights: Classical guitar plays Rock n' Roll! St. Louis' own John McClellan performs 'Paint it Black,' a Rolling Stones classic. Michael Chapdelaine's arrangements from his album "Grapevine" include such favorites as Eric Clapton and the soulful tune 'I Head it Through the Grapevine.' The later half of the show has even more surprises... Two tracks from the LAGQ album "Guitar Heroes" and classical arrangements of the band Queen's pop rock ballads.
Week of December 21 2015: Highlights: Another holiday special of "Inside Classical Guitar," featuring classical guitar Christmas recordings by Christopher Parkening, the Small Torres Duo, and the Boccherini Guitar Quartet.