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.
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.
Highlights: Raymond Burley and John Mills Guitar Duo, performing selections of Leo Brouwer, Carulli, Bartók, and more from their album 'Divertimento' (2003).
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.
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!
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).
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.