Cameo Performance: Carlos Olivares, 2018 Beatty Competition Grand Prize Winner

— Announcing a cameo performance by Carlos Olivares, the 2018 Grand Prize Winner of the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, at our April 21, 2018 concert. —

 

 

Carlos Olivares has been playing the classical guitar for almost five years. He is a junior in the Potomac Falls Artist Ensemble under the direction of Hart Wells. He is now in his third year as a member of the PFHS Guitar Quartet and has performed at the Appalachian GuitarFest and the Peabody Conservatory. Carlos is also a member of the Loudoun Youth Guitars, a select student ensemble directed by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, with whom he also studies privately. With the group, he has performed at the National Institutes of Health, the Croatian Embassy, and the Kennedy Center. Carlos has participated in master classes with Elliott Frank, Matt Palmer, and Julian Gray. He has also won prizes in both the Aguado Guitar Competition and the Beatty Competition. Carlos enjoys playing golf as well and is on the PFHS golf team.

– 2018 Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar program

Pepe Romero, Classical Guitarist, Spain

For the sixth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Pepe Romero (Spain) perform.

Performance: April 21, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

To call Pepe Romero a superb guitarist is to understate the case… Mr. Romero is an exceptional musician.
The New York Times

Celebrated worldwide for his dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, concert guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his recitals, performances with orchestra and with the world famous Los Romeros Quartet.

Born in 1944 in Malaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of “The Royal Family of the Guitar” – the Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only teacher. Mr. Romero’s first professional performance occurred in a shared concert with his father in Sevilla’s Teatro Lope de Vega when Pepe was seven years old. After relocating to America, Celedonio Romero formed the Romeros Quartet with his three sons: Celine, Pepe and Angel. Their many performances solidified them as the leading guitar ensemble in the world.

Although best known for his classical guitar performances, Mr. Romero’s passion for the traditional flamenco music of Andalucia has never wavered. His first recording, ‘Flamenco Fenomeno’ for Contemporary Records, was made when he was only 15. Since then, Mr. Romero has made more than 50 recordings among which are over 20 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in–the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Mariner and Iona Brown, as well as collaborations with numerous renowned artists and ensembles.

Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the “Premio Andalucia de Musica” the highest recognition given by his native land for his contributions to the arts. In February 2000, King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Mr. Romero and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Catolica”. The following year “Los Romeros: Royal Family of the Guitar,” a biographical documentary was made by PBS Television.

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music on April 21, 2018, 8pm. Get tickets here: marlowguitar.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Jonathan Palevsky

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. (more at link)

Pre-Concert Speaker: Jonathan Palevsky

— Jonathan Palevsky will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Pepe Romero performance, April 21st, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. On WBJC he is the host of the WBJC Opera preview, the music review program Face the Music, Music in Maryland, and is co-host of Word on Wine.

His current off air obsessions include skiing, playing guitar and being the host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. In May, Jonathan and WBJC on-air personality and Operations Manager Kati Harrison celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Seth Kibel

— Seth Kibel will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Rhythm Future Quartet performance, March 24, 2018 at 8pm.  Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org  —

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.

Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. One song from that album, “New Waltz,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).

 

Rhythm Future Quartet, USA

For the fifth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear the Rhythm Future Quartet perform.

Performance: March 24, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

 
“These young men are incredible!!! Don’t miss them… such dedication and love of music to witness!”

-Tommy Emmanuel

“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz.”
The Boston Globe

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups worldwide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 21 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

Come by for a delightful program of gypsy jazz music, March 24, 2018, 8pm.
Program will be announced from the stage – buy tickets here: marlowguitar.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.

Photos: Classical Guitar, Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Classical Guitar, Lukasz Kuropaczewski

Sound check.

Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Candice Mowbray

Performance

Intermission and Raffle Selection

by Debbie Smith Mezzetta
Display Styled by Debbie Smith Mezzetta

“Meet-The-Artist” Wine & Cheese Reception

by William Herrmann

Classical Guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Poland

For the fourth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland) perform.

Performance: February 24, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

 
Guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski is well on his way to becoming a major figure on the worldwide classical music scene.
 
Born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, Lukasz began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13, his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teaching of Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994-2003.
 
Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on a full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in Poland and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences.
 
Always in great demand as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras, he has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. An avid chamber music collaborator, he frequently works with musicians from his native Poland, as well as the Orion String Quartet, Avi Avital, Chen Reiss, Richard Galliano.
 
A proponent of new music, Lukasz has premiered many pieces including concertos and solo works by such esteemed composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Angelo Gilardino, Krzysztof Meyer, Henryk Górecki and many others. In 2015 Lukasz premiered a guitar quintet “Acequias” by Marc Neikrug at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and his “Three Pieces for Guitar” at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
 
Lukasz is on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, holding a Doctorate in Performance. He is also the Artist Director of the Polish Guitar Academy Festival held in Poznan every year, and has recorded six CDs to date.
– from our program
 
Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, on February 24, 2018, 8pm. View his program and buy tickets here: marlowguitar.org
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Candice Mowbray
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Appearing as a soloist,
chamber musician
and guest lecturer,
Dr. Candice Mowbray has
been a featured artist
at many prestigious
festivals and concert
series. Mowbray
earned the Doctorate of Musical
Arts in Classical Guitar Performance
at Shenandoah Conservatory.