Last night’s program, our fifth in this 17th season of the Marlow series, was a brilliant success, by almost any measure. Our Beatty competition Grand Prize winner, Katie Cho, presented two very musical etudes written by two different composers with remarkable grace and poise.
Mark Ashford, the main attraction, brought people to their feet! Playing with personality and charm, he captivated the audience, illustrating a variety of works by Roland Dyens, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos…all requiring the technical mastery of the instrument, suffused with warmth and joy. It’s not without some thought that the image of a young Julian Bream crossed my mind. He did win a Julian Bream award, after all. The audience did jump to their feet at the last with a rousing thank you ovation for such fine playing.