A photo collection (taken by Susan Healy) of International Conservatory of Music Board Members and our John E. Marlow Guitar and Education and Outreach Directors gathering together to send out letters to you, our community.
The International Conservatory of Music: John E Marlow Guitar Series (represented by Directors & some Board Members) visited the Montgomery County Executive’s Ball this evening (Sunday, December 4, 2016) to celebrate the arts and, more specifically, to talk up our classical guitar programs in this area.
(Also, see the last two pictures, the organizers were raffling off some door prizes – does their Raffle whirligig look familiar to anyone?)
A couple with season tickets gave their friends a pair of tickets to experience Rene Izquierdo’s performance and this is what they said after the concert:
Cuban Guitars Rock!
At least one of them truly does.
Rene Izquierdo performed a dazzling array of Cuban and European guitar compositions to a full house last evening at the Westmoreland UCC church. We loved every moment and thank you for the privilege of attending — in second row seats, no less.
Izquierdo introduced virtually every composition he played, providing his audience with helpful background. The printed program added more.
Izquierdo’s mastery of his instrument was notable throughout the evening,
sometimes sounding like a harp, sometimes a harpsichord, sometimes a
dulcimer or a viola. Amazing.
Thank you again,
Steve and Pat
Welcome to the picture gallery for the performance by Rene Izquierdo, classical guitarist from Cuba. This includes photos of the pre-concert lecture by Javier Ferias as well as the Meet-The-Artist Reception.
Where the acoustics happen…
Friday, November 18, 2016, the International Conservatory of Music’s Outreach and Education program, in partnership with Montgomery College, Rockville (Maryland), presented Rene Izquierdo in a Master Class with 5 registered students and an audience of interested listeners.
Rene Izquierdo’s effortless musicianship makes him one of the most admired guitarists of his generation. Recognized in Cuba from an early age as an extraordinary talent, Izquierdo began his education in Cuba, graduating from the Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás, the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán and the Superior Institute of Art in Havana. Izquierdo came to the United States to continue his studies at Yale, where he earned a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree.
In a rapid ascent from student to seasoned performer, Izquierdo has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with such greats as guitarist Eliot Fisk, flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, and saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos Rivera have dedicated works to him.
Izquierdo is the winner of many competitions in the US and Europe, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition, the Extremadura International Guitar Competition, the Schadt String Competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition. He is currently professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University.
Izquierdo has created a special program for his concert on the John E. Marlow Series, devoting first half of the program to classical repertoire, and the second half to Cuban music, including classical arrangements of many of the country’s most famous popular songs.
Concert is Saturday November 19 at 8pm, at the Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD, with the John E. Marlow Guitar Series.
Izquierdo will teach a master class on Friday November 18, 5pm at Montgomery College Rockville Campus. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call (301) 799-4028 and/or tickets, visit the Marlow website www.marlowguitar.org
Jason Vieaux, October 22nd, 2016
It could not have been a better start to Marlow’s 23rd season. Jason Vieaux, co-founder of the Curtis Institute of Music’s Guitar Department in Philadelphia, set a strong precedent for artists who will follow in the 2016-2017 line up. But many performers Marlow has featured year after year have left such a lasting impression on Washington’s music scene.
Last Saturday, however, was a great joy to the collective ear. It’s hard to know where to start, but I’m going to start with what came last, the encore. If one had the ability to wait for it, and nearly all in attendance did, you couldn’t help but be memorably touched by Mr. Vieaux’s original interpretation of the classic song released in 1967, “It’s a Wonderful World.”
After the well known Tarrega and Albeniz works at the start of the evening, the Barrios and Brower near the end of the program, and the smashing Ellington “In a Sentimental Mood” as the last bit, one would think the program couldn’t be topped. Think again – what a delicious dessert we were served in that darling encore first recorded by Louis Armstrong during one of our country’s more turbulent political and cultural times. Maybe it could serve as a calming balm during our current political discord.
What can one say, though, about a performer whose classical repertoire includes jazz and popular greats delivered just as convincingly and assuredly as Segovia’s “Estudio Sin Luz”? Why should we be surprised about Jason’s versatility? But, we were, and very pleasantly so – so much so, that not one of his CD’s was left on the table by evening’s end. That’s a statement. Let’s hope he returns soon. The booking should commence now!
P.S. Don’t miss Rene Izquierdo of Cuba on November 19th. See you there!
– Deborah Dreyer
Tickets for Rene’s performance available: www.marlowguitar.org