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.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Candice Mowbray

— Dr. Candice Mowbray will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Lukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance, February 24, 2018, 8pm.  Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org  —

MowbrayPromoStripes_BW Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in music by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor’s Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.

Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Dr. Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Kreykenbohm Lecture Series and Maryland Symphony Orchestra “Let’s Talk Music” Series. She has been a featured soloist with the National String Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Satori Chamber Ensemble and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two dedicated arrangements.

A sought-after collaborator, Mowbray is highly active as a chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing in The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.

Mowbray was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine’s, “Letter from New York” and her lectures have been described as “enthusiastic” and “insightful” in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call. Her recent solo CD, ‘Reverie’, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured on radio shows such as The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album features an evocative program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions including rarely recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Private lessons with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas, greatly informed her playing. Also influential were lessons and masterclasses with many distinguished performing artists including Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol, Victor Villadangos and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys writing about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to Maryland” in Bravo! Magazine.

from our website

Photos: Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic

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SPECIAL: 4-Concert Holiday Series Package

Give the Gift of Music! 🎶

This holiday season, share the joy of classical guitar through concerts with wonderful artists on the John E. Marlow Guitar Series.

Visit http://marlowguitar.org to order gift cards or purchase a 4-Concert Series Package to receive a (15% discount)!

Can we tempt you? Or someone you know that loves the classical guitar?

Upcoming Concerts: Ana Vidovic, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Rhythm Future Quartet, and Pepe Romero!

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!

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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A slight name change…

Dear friends,

You may have heard this already through email or on Facebook or Twitter, but we just wanted to share our decision, again, to let you know we have changed what we call the name of the umbrella organization, the International Conservatory of Music, to:

Marlow Guitar International

The organization has grown a bit and plans to grow a little further, although our mission remains the same as before: Creating Community Through Music : Drawing people together for entertainment, education, and inspiration.

Our logos:

Marlow Guitar International for print
Marlow Guitar International for            social media

All of our individual programs remain the same.

What will happen to the International Conservatory of Music name? Since it does have a history all of its own, Tim Healy will retain the name and may revive it for a project of his own.