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Inside Classical Guitar
Week of May 30 2016: Highlights: American music for the guitar in honor of Memorial Day! Patriotic tunes, Western anthems, and country waltzes performed by LA Guitar Quartet, local guitarist John McClellan, Douglas Black, and Small-Torres Guitar Duo. Listen in and you may recognize tunes by Aaron Copland, John Phillip Sousa, and Chet Atkins.
Week of May 23 2016: Highlights: David Russell's album 'The Grandeur of the Baroque' released in 2012 on Telarc, includes his own arrangements for guitar of Baroque lute and harpsichord music. Works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, Francois Couperin, and George Frederic Händel. David Russell, Grammy-award winning Scottish guitarist, will return to St. Louis March 25th, 2017 at the Ethical Society.
Week of May 16 2016: Highlights: This program features world-famous classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, playing the music of Vivaldi, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, and more!
Week of May 9 2016: Highlights: The Royal Family of the Guitar - Los Romeros Part II, featuring Pepe Romero. Pepe plays the music of Spanish guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega (1852 - 1909), along with some traditional flamenco. Featured Tárrega classics include 'Capricho Arabe,' 'Adelita,' 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' and more.
Week of May 2 2016: Highlights: The Royal Family of Guitar, the Romeros, return to St. Louis on March 4th, 2017. Save the date! Until then, listen to our Romeros radio program, Part 1. On tonight's show, we showcase the solo recordings of Celedonia Romero, the founder the Romeros Quartet, with three sons Pepe, Celin, and Angel. Celedonia plays music of the Spanish Renaissance for the first half, while the quartet ends the show with music from 'Carmen.'
Week of April 25 2016: Highlights: This program presents Grisha Goryachev, the virtuoso international guitarist known for his flamenco. Grisha is a trained classical guitarist from St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied at the New England Conservatory under Eliot Fisk and has released two solo flamenco guitar albums - "Alma Flamenca" and "Homenaje a Sabicas," - which will be featured in this radio program. Mr. Goryachev is one of the only internationally touring flamenco solo guitarists around. Guess what? He's coming to St. Louis November 19th, 2016 !
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.