Photo Gallery: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser

Sound Check!

Seth Kibel in the Pre-Concert Lecture

Guy Van Duser signs a CD for a listener

Billy Novick and listener









Audience Reflections: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from SPAIN

ME_Med_SQMargarita Escarpa performance March 18, 2017

by Deborah Drayer

The John E. Marlow Series had nearly a full house on Saturday as Margarita Escarpa graced Westmoreland Congregational Church with its magnificent acoustics and a program of Spanish and Mexican music punctuated by Wolfgang Lendle’ stunning take on Caprice No.24 by Paganini. We often hear Spanish music from guitarists of varying nationalities, but hearing it direct from this genuinely accomplished Spaniard was an extra special treat. While many of us are more familiar with the likes of Rodrigo, Albeniz, Ponce, Tarrega and Piazzolla however, it was the Variations Capricieuses d’apres Paganini that demanded the most technically of Margarita even as some variations leaned into the humorous for effect.

The Lendle Paganini arranges the original thematic material for solo violin for the modern acoustic guitar, introducing fingering Paganini himself might have found challenging had he been a guitarist. Scales and arpeggios fly off the strings with enormous effect but only if both of the artist’s hands are up to it. Fortunately for the assembled, Ms. Escarpa had no difficulty meeting the challenge and any less calloused player would have walked away with a box of band aids in their pockets. But, Margarita needed no first aid and came back for the second half of the program with fingertips intact and serenaded us with habaneras and tangos by Tarrega, Sainz de la Maza and Piazzolla, as well as Ponce’s now rarely performed Variations sur “Folia de Espanaet Fuge.

Margarita was the last of our classical guitarists on this season’s program but Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser will end the season on an upbeat swing-jazz note you won’t want to miss. So make a calendar note for April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at WCC on the Westmoreland Circle.

Minor edits provided by ICM.

Photo Gallery: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist, SPAIN

Photos from the Margarita Escarpa performance, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The venue
Amanie Oubrahim, 2017 Beatty Music CompetitionGrand Prize winner : Sound Check
Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from Spain, Sound check
Pre-Concert Lecture: Esperanza Berroco
Esperanza Berroco
Amy Crews Cutts, Executive Director of the Beatty Competition
Amy Crews Cutts wins the Guitar Raffle (guitar from Brian Litz)

From the Meet-The-Artist Reception:









Education and Outreach Director, Joao Figueiroa, Founder, Tim Healy, Margarita Escarpa, BOD Emeritus, Susan Healy, Artistic Director, Danielle Cumming

Audience Review: Antigoni Goni, GREECE

ag_med_sqSaturday, February 25th brought us another international guitarist celeb marking the fourth of just six features on this season’s Marlow Guitar Series. It’s always so nice to travel to foreign lands without having to leave one’s own back yard and Saturday’s adventure to Greece (for much of the program) transported us to a realm of ancient classical poetry updated for modern ears.

Tarrega was a traditional warm up hailing from the Iberian peninsula with Endecha y Oremus and Antigoni Goni, our artist of the evening, put her Andrea Tacchi guitar to good use in her presentation of the work. Wonderful sounding instruments like Spanish and Latin music and for good reason: the maker, a Florentine by birth, began making guitars at the young age of fifteen and sought out the most prominent Latin and Spanish luthiers to establish himself as one of the preeminent craftsman of today. It’s no wonder Tarrega’s work hums and strums so naturally on these fine acoustic instruments. But, that’s to be expected.

What was not anticipated was the application of Ms. Goni’s instrument to the more esoteric work by Dusan Bogdanovic . Carved out of a two thousand year old ancient Greek column, Bogdanovic’s Hymn to the Muse takes its theme from the Seikilos epitaph, the oldest surviving complete musical composition known to date. The Epitaph is inscribed: “I am a portrait in stone. I was put here by Seikilos, where I remain forever, the symbol of timeless remembrance.” And, the poetic text with music is inscribed: “While you live, shine. Have no grief at all. Life exists only for a short while and time demands an end.” This original melody is re-imagined by Bodganovic in a blend of pythagorian and modern dissonant tonality, the setting somewhat haunting yet accessible. It’s about loss and living beyond to one’s own end. Fitting advice from the ancients, as the Greeks so well must have lived it. This work, having been dedicated to Ms. Goni, was a deeply personal interpretation as was her presentation of Mikis Theodorakis’ trio of pieces alternately using the guitar as both a percussion and string instrument. Just goes to show how interesting listening outside the box can be, and Ms. Goni demonstrated that for us on Saturday.

See you next time, when Margarita Escarpa joins Marlow again for what is sure to be a well attended evening. Don’t delay. Buy your tickets today! www.marlowguitar.org

Deborah Drayer

Antigoni Goni Spotlight: by CultureSpotMC

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Antigoni Goni was interviewed by Peggy McEwan with CultureSpotMC, an online arts calendar.

The link to the story is here: http://www.culturespotmc.com/guitar-heroine/

If you prefer to download the file and print it to read, here is a PDF:  culturespotmc_spotlightantigonigoni

Photo Gallery: Antigoni Goni, Classical Guitarist, GREECE

Pictures from the night of the Antigoni Goni performance, Saturday, February 25, 2017.



















This immersive weekend – February 25, 2017

Can we rename this weekend February Classical Guitar Immersion weekend?

For classical guitar students and musical aficionados of any age, this weekend is reaching immersion-style proportions, would you agree? Also a great environment for those planning on competing in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in March, eh?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 Master Class @ 6pm
(Free for listeners. Auditors are pre-selected.)

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Master Class with Antigoni Goni, classical guitarist from Greece.

With Levine Music, Silver Spring Campus
Silver Spring Public Library
900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 4pm

Loudoun Youth Guitars @ 4pm Twinbrook Public Library. Free for listeners.
Twinbrook Public Library
202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Direct from Twinbrook Library website:

“Do you enjoy music? Do you love guitars? Loudoun Youth Guitars, formed by talented guitar students from middle to high schools in Loudoun County, will perform pieces from classical to contemporary composers like Handel, Vivaldi, Bizet and Chick Corea.

Conducted by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Croatian Embassy, the National Institutes of Health, the Composer Society of Montgomery County, Loudoun County Public Libraries, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, and other venues.”

More info: http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=112358


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 7pm

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Pre-Concert Lecture by Candice Mowbray (included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8pm

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Classical Guitarist, Antigoni Goni, from Greece
(Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 after the concert

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Meet-The-Artist Reception with Antigoni Goni
(included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Bring your purchased CD or concert program to have it signed by Antigoni. Feel free to share your impressions of her performance and ask questions if you have them.

We encourage you to share! Bring friends or family.

Hope to see you at any or all of these! If you take pictures, tag us on Twitter @marlowguitar or @intlcmusic or Facebook and we’ll share!