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...
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.
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.'
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!