April in Italy and England – “In Recital” with DOMINIKA ZAMARA and Vaclav Kucera!

photo 7March and April proved a fantastic time for music making in both Italy and England! Starting in the UK with a London solo recital (“The Virtuoso Guitar – 10 and 6 String Guitars”), and proceeding next to the University of Surrey for a lecture-recital to inaugurate the opening of the International Guitar Research Centre (“The Evolution of the Romantic Multi-string Guitar”), England proved to be “the land with MUCH music, and GREAT musical company!” My “companions” therein were the renowned guitar historian and scholar Allan Clive Jones (and his lovely wife Karen); the “Colossus of the Keyboard” British pianist Jonathan Powell; and perhaps the finest luthier alive today, the great Gary Southwell (who built my two fantastic guitars—with a third “Bog Oak” guitar in the works!).

photo 9I proceeded next to lovely Venice to begin my Italian tour with the possessor of certainly one of the LOVELIEST voices in the world today, the Great ARTIST, and my “Voice & Guitar” duo-partner, the internationally acclaimed soprano Dominika Zamara. Beginning with concerts in Padova and Vicenza, and on next to radio and television interview-recitals (broadcast throughout Italy, Switzerland, and Spain), our august company included famed actor, television host, and “raconteur extraordinaire” Gianluca Mancuso; renowned visual and graphic artist and music production “genius” Luigi Mosello (EDIT MUSIC ITALY), and host-moderator “extraordinaire” (of the Starbit Studios “Celebrity Magazine”) the phenomenal Tino Bisagni!photo 6

Upcoming  in Summer and Fall, duo (and solo) concerts for Dominika Zamara and myself include Taiwan, California, NYC, Mexico, the Bahamas, Europe, Seoul, etc.

 

Troubadours and Trios! Upcoming Concerts In February!

On 17 February, I have the great honor to perform on “The Troubadour Series” at Wofford College, South Carolina! It is named after Carl Sandburg, who was called “the Old Troubadour” by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sandburg’s home is located in Flat Rock, N.C., and he visited the Wofford campus on more than one occasion. He was an avid guitarist who wrote several poems inspired by the guitar and guitarists.

The program will feature both 19th Century Romantic guitar music and Contemporary works. The music of guitarist-composers Napoleon Coste, J.K. Mertz, and Johann Dubez, (each the greatest virtuoso of his country), will be performed on an 1861 Scherzer-design, 10-string “period guitar.” The contemporary portion of the program (played on the modern guitar) features music by American composers Ernst Bacon and Brian Fennelly, and, as a “centerpiece” the profoundly moving  “Diario—Omaggio a Che  Guevara” by Czech composer Vaclav Kucera.

British composer and musical journalist John Duarte writes “Diario—Omaggio a Che Guevara, is a “musical-political” document, recording five notional, critical days in the life of its eponymous, revolutionary hero. The Day of Love mixes tenderly romantic passages with sterner ones, suggesting his realization that what he (Che Guevara) wishes to do cannot be accomplished without strife. The Day of Hate (for the system he opposes) is filled with trills that quiver with rages, dissonant declamation and stark, mostly quartal, chords. A grimly determined and relentless triplet rhythm frames the Day of Decision, abating only the central section in order to make a statement of intent before accelerating to a thunderous climax. Drum-beats announce the arrival of the Day of Battle, and punctuate its opening page before giving way to a violent frenzy of dissonance, chord tremolandi; a fortissimo ascent to the extreme upper register is followed by a descent to a quiet, chilling diminuendo, with notes subjected to exaggerated vibrato as the action ceases but the emotion remains. Percussion of a different kind (symbolizing heart-beats) persist through the Day of Death, a funeral cortege interrupted only by a brief, impassioned oration in which the use of parallel fourths above an ostinato based on the same interval, suggests emptiness of hope. The end signifies resignation to the inevitable.”

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Wofford College 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663 Telephone: (864) 597-400  (7:00 PM) http://www.wofford.edu/arts/content.aspx?id=30946

In the concerts “TRIOS for Guitar and Strings” I join the fantastic “Classic Strings Duo” of brothers Kevin (violin) and Bryan Matheson in works of Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Paganini, Ibert, and others in evenings of chamber music sure to delight!

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Chatham Concert Series presents the Classic Strings Duo and Stanley Alexandrowicz
Friday, February 21 at 7:00pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 66 N. Main St. Chatham, VA 24531
For information: kstrings1@hotmail.com  540-382-9624

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Wytheville Concert Series presents the Classic Strings Duo and Stanley Alexandrowicz
Saturday, February 22 at 7:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
275 East Main Street, Wytheville, Virginia 24382
For information: kstrings1@hotmail.com  540-382-9624

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A Polish Christmas Celebration and Concerts in Italy with World-renowned soprano Dominika Zamara in January!

On Sunday, December 8, 2013, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation will present its “Annual Polish Christmas Celebration” where I will be featured in a recital of Polish (and Polish-related) guitar music. Included are the “Melodie Ludowe” of Witold Lutoslawski (this is his Centenary); works by American composer Ernst Bacon, and 19th Century Romantic works by composer-virtuosi Napoleon Coste, J. K. Mertz, and (the transcendental) Johann Dubez—the latter group played on the 10-string, 1861-design, Viennese Scherzer guitar.

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January begins with concerts in Italy with the World-renowned soprano Dominika Zamara! I will be featured Guitar Soloist in Marco Fedalto’s new Masterpiece “L’opera La Serva di Padova” on 3 January at the beautiful “Teatro Verdi” in Padova; and “Voice & Guitar” duo-recitals in Treviso, Milano, etc., starting January 5th!

October US Concert Tour with World-renowned soprano Dominika Zamara!

This October, world-renowned soprano Dominika Zamara returns for our concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New Jersey, etc. After a “standing ovation” performance this past September at Lincoln Center (NYC), and recent operatic and concert performances throughout Italy, Dominika will be featured in “Arias, Songs, and Solos for Voice and Guitar” — The program consists of operatic arias from the works of Vincenzo Bellini, Antonín Dvořák, Giacomo Puccini, G.B. Pergolesi; songs of W.A. Mozart, Sergei Rachmaninov, William Walton, Ivan Padovec, and Georges Migot; and works for solo guitar by Ernst Bacon, Vaclav Kucera, and Dora Pejacevic.

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The internationally-renowned “Voice and Guitar Duo” of Dominika Zamara (Soprano) and Stanley Alexandrowicz (Classical Guitar) bring together the worlds of Opera, Lieder, Song, and Contemporary Music, in realizations of unmatched sonic beauty and rarified musical intelligence.

One of the finest singers before the public today, Dominika Zamara is equally adroit in the spheres of Grand Opera, 19th Century Lieder, Sacred Music, and Contemporary Works. Hailing originally from Poland, and now based in Venice, she has sung throughout Europe to unanimous acclaim—virtually wherever she appears—Paris, London, Vienna, Madrid, Prague, etc., and throughout all of Italy.

Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is internationally renowned for his virtuosic musicality, insightful interpretations, and refined guitarism. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, North America, Cuba, and South America. He is truly an “artist-of-our-time.”

The ”Voice and Guitar Duo” of Zamara and Alexandrowicz presents in recital, music ranging from Renaissance lute songs and Baroque arias, to the high drama of “Verismo” and Contemporary Works written specifically for their unique talents.

Touring throughout the United States, and soon to be performing in Europe and Asia, they are featured on the forthcoming EDIT MUSIC ITALY CD of Dominika Zamara.

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TOUR SCHEDULE:

October 13 – 4:00 PM
Solo Guitar Recital: Works by Napoleon Coste, J. K. Mertz, Johann Dubez, Ernst Bacon, Vaclav Kucera
Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 West 114th Street at Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10025 http://www.bpcnyc.org/ 
General Admission $20.00 – Students/Seniors $10.00

DUO CONCERTS:

October 20 – 4:00 PM – Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Road – Watchung, NJ 07069
http://watchungarts.org/ (908) 753-0190
Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door.
You may purchase tickets securely through Eventbrite: http://watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com/

October 21 – 7:30 PM
University Lutheran Church
3637 Chestnut Street (37 and Chestnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
http://www.uniluphila.org/ (215) 387-2885
General Admission $15.00 – Students/Seniors $10.00

October 22 – 8:00 PM
TCNJ – Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718
http://tcnjcenterforthearts.pages.tcnj.edu/tcnj-box-office/
(follow the link “Purchase Tickets” or call (609) 771-2775)

October 23 – 8:00 PM
JAN HUS THEATRE
(@ Jan Hus Church)
351 E 74th St New York, 10021
http://janhus.org/ (212) 288-6743
General Admission $20.00 – Students/Seniors $10.00

October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Embassy of Croatia
2343 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington DC 20008 (202) 591-1472 http://www.internationalclubdc.com/Events/Default.aspx

 
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