Classical Guitarist, Meng Su, China

For the second performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Meng Su (China), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and United States giving solo, duo, trio, and quartet concerts, and playing with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra.

Meng gave her Carnegie Hall debut with Yameng Wang, her duo partner in the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2010, which launched the duo’s international
concert career. This season will take them to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and China.

Meng’s debut duo CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. In July 2016, Meng released her first solo album Meng.

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng began studying the guitar at the age of 5. She showed her talents from an early age and won first prize in numerous international competitions, including the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany, and the Parkening International Guitar Competition.

In 2006, Meng came to the US to study with the world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and earned her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diplomas at Peabody Conservatory.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Hart Wells

Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA, Hart Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr.
Glenn Caluda. (…more…)

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Pre-Concert Speaker, Hart Wells

Hart Wells

— Hart Wells will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Meng Su’s performance, November 18, 2017. —

Originally from Kings Mountain, NC, William Hart Wells’ initial classical guitar studies were under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University. A North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholarship recipient, Wells graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor’s in Music Education and began teaching K-5 general music at Granite Falls Elementary School in Granite Falls, NC and directing the guitar program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC.

In 2004, Wells accepted a teaching position with Loudoun County Public Schools and has since served as the Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA. With an annual enrollment of approx. 120 guitar students, the program at PFHS continues to be at the forefront of pre-college guitar education.

In 2013, Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Mr. Wells has performed in masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Eduardo Fernandez, Jason Vieaux, Bruce Holzman, Julian Gray, Matteo Mela, Stanley Yates, Raphaella Smits, Andrew Zohn, among others. In 2015, Mr. Wells appeared on a cd produced by Les Productions d’Oz celebrating the solo and ensemble compositions
of noted performer, educator, and composer, Miroslav Loncar. Wells recorded the composition entitled “Lullaby with Variations” that he commissioned from the composer in late 2012.

Mr. Wells also is an active member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Virginia Music Educator Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Aguado Guitar Concerts of Sterling, VA.

Classical Guitarist, Richard Miller, Brazil

We kicked off our 2017-2018 Classical Guitar Season with a celebration of bossa nova!

For the first performance, we invited you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear Classical guitarist, Richard Miller (Brazil) perform. He was joined by special guests Débora Watts (voice) & our very own, João Figueirôa (classical guitar).

You may have heard Richard Miller perform in last year’s partnership with Montgomery County, MD Public Library as part of our Education and Outreach series.

RIchard Miller, BRAZIL

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, inspired by Brazil, on October 21, 2017, 8pm. Find tickets here: marlowguitar.org

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Richard Miller’s recent concerts include special performances for Pope Francis and President Obama. He has played at Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and Merkin Hall; as well
as jazz clubs in New York City and Washington DC. As a teacher, he has given workshops at Texas Southern University, University of Florida, Georgetown University and NYU, among many others.

Hailed as “an ambassador of Brazilian music” by The Washington
Post, João Paulo Figueirôa is a foremost interpreter of music from Brazil, performing solo and with orchestra throughout the US and South America in guitar festivals, on television and radio. João is Executive Director of Marlow Guitar International, and head of Guitar at The Catholic University of America.

Born in Saquarema, a small beach town north of Rio, Débora Watts grew up believing she was going to be a scientist, but left Organic Chemistry to explore life outside the lab. After traveling from Peru to India, Débora moved to New York City, where she heard Brazilian music performed at the legendary “Cafe Wha?” and realized that her true dream was to be a singer.

Débora performs samba, Latin jazz, and bossa nova, and has recently recorded her second CD, of original compositions.

-from our Program

(Photos to come)

Pre-Concert Talk given by: Brian McCann

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of
Rio de Janeiro. (…more…)

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Pre-Concert Speaker, Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

— Bryan McCann ,speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk at the Richard Miller performance, October 21, 2017. —

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. His books include Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004) and Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2014). He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of Rio de Janeiro.

Marlow Serenade: Candice Mowbray

Marlow Serenade
October 8, 2017: Candice Mowbray

Our second Marlow Serenade. Don’t miss out on the next one – sign up for the next announcement: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

 Program

La Vie En Rose         Edith Piaf (1915-1963) and Louis Guglielmi (1916-1991)
arr. J. Raymond

Manha de Carnival                                                       Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001)
arr. B. Powell

Vals pour Atom                                                        Laurent Boutros (b. 1964)

Gnossienne, no. 1                                                           Erik Satie (1866-1925)
arr. R. Dyens

Etude, no. 2                                                                 Ida Presti (1924-1967)
Danse rythmique

Reverie                                                             Alexandre Lagoya (1929-1999)

Fantaisie Elegiaque, Op. 59                                    Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
I. Introduction: Andante largo
II. Marche funebre: Andante moderato

Song for the Rainforest                                               Glenn Caluda (b. 1948)

 

As mentioned above, we will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

 

Marlow Interactive Concert Programs

The Marlow Interactive Concert Programs (September 2017), in partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries, featured four events with former Beatty Music Competition winners Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon.
 This was a part of the Montgomery County Public Libraries #ClassicalMusicMonth – we were delighted to participate! Thank you to the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY and the Delmar Foundation.

 

Silver Spring Library

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Performer: Maya Loncar
PROGRAM
Fernando Sor: Les Adieux (1778-1839)
– Andante largo
– Un poco mosso
Roland Dyens: Tango en skai (1955-2016)
Napoleon Coste: Gran Serenade & Les Soirees d’Auteuil (1805-1883)
– Bolero
– Andantino
– Scherzo
 

Astor Piazzolla: Denier Lamento & Oblivion (1921-1992)

Joaquin Turina: Turina Sonata Op. 61 (1882-1949)
– Allegro
– Andante
– Allegro vivo

Maya Loncar, Marlow Interactive Performances, September 2017 – Photo: Tim Healy
Maya Loncar, Marlow Interactive Performances, September 2017 – Photo: Tim Healy

Potomac Library

Saturday, September 23 @ 1:30 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon

Maya Loncar, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray
Maya Loncar, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray
Yeram Yoon, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray

Kensington Park Library

Saturday, September 23 @ 4:30 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon

Twinbrook Library

Saturday, September 30 @ 3:00 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon
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The first Marlow Serenade…

Introducing the Marlow Serenade series, a set of delightful house concerts featuring still yet more classical guitars.

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We will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

And now for some pictures from our first Marlow Serenade, featuring Chris Moy, provided by Amy Crews Cutts (host, member of the Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Beatty Music Competition).

Amy’s words, as posted on Facebook:

“The first Marlow Serenade performance was beautiful and fun and 🎶! So wonderful to see Chris Moy again. He won the 2007 Senior division and came back in 2008 to win the Beatty Competition Grand Prize. He is now a professional as well as a graduate student furthering his studies in Basel, Switzerland. Thank you to all who attended this event and those that have supported Marlow Guitar International (International Conservatory of Music) and the Beatty Competition!”