Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, Croatia

For the third performance of the 2017-2018 Season:


We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic (Croatia), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Performance: January 20, 2018, 8pm.

Ana Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Toronto and San Francisco. Recently she has given tours in Korea, Japan, Colombia and Mauritius.

Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.

In addition to her many CDs, Ana’s performance DVDs, “Guitar Artistry in Concert,” featuring the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Barrios, and “Guitar Virtuoso,” featuring Bach, Paganini and Walton, have been released on Mel Bay Publications.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Matt Dunlap

Dunlap Head shot 2017_BW_sm

Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University, Troy State University, Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School, and Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.

See you there!

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:

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!”


Marlow Membership?

Greetings, friends.

You may have already heard about the new Membership option that we have begun. You may ALREADY be a Member!

There are three different membership levels, starting at just $50 per year, and all of them give you the ability to buy Marlow Series tickets before they go on sale to the general public. (This is applicable only for the start of the year, often July of each year).  There are other benefits as well, including early notice of house concerts, the Marlow Serenades, and the chance to get free tickets to introduce friends to the Marlow Series.  Membership fees are tax-deductible, and they help support not only the Marlow Series but also our education and outreach programs.  See details below OR you can find out more information at this link:

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Our purpose at Marlow Guitar International is to bring people together, enrich their lives and inspire their hearts to serve with us. We have helped hundreds of young people who have participated in our outreach and education programs, and our goal is to make a bigger impact in our community, helping more people.

Help us continue changing lives with music: Become a Member!
Select from four membership levels:

  • Gold Membership – $500
  • Silver Membership – $250
  • Bronze Membership – $50
  • Student Membership (college and conservatory students) – $25

All memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To thank you for your support, we offer Members the following benefits:
 * Reserve your Marlow Guitar Series seats before tickets go on sale to the public

  • Gold members can purchase tickets starting July 10, 2017
  • Silver members can purchase tickets starting July 20, 2017
  • Bronze and Student members can purchase tickets starting July 30, 2017
  • Tickets go on sale to the public August 10, 2017

 * Bring friends to Marlow Guitar Series concerts
This season, we are offering free bring-a-friend tickets to the following concerts:

    • Richard Miller with Deborah Watts and Joao Figueiroa (October 21, 2017)
    • Meng Su (November 18, 2017)
    • Lukasz Kuropaczewski (February 24, 2018)
    • Rhythm Future Quartet (March 24, 2018)
    •   – Gold members receive a total of four bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Silver members receive a total of two bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Bronze members get the chance to win two bring-a-friend tickets;
      – Student members get the chance to win one bring-a-friend ticket.

 * Attend house concerts and other special events   – Gold and Silver members get two free tickets to a house concert   – All members can reserve spaces at house concerts and other special events before they are offered to the public

Photos: ICM’s Board of Director’s Retreat

The International Conservatory of Music (ICM)’s Board of Director invited Dr. Matthew Hinsley from the Austin Classical Guitar Society to speak.



Thank you, Matthew, so very much. Thank you to Duane Morse for organizing retreat and thank you to Charlotte Kuenen and David Kirstein for hosting. Thank you to the Board Members for coming and for your whole-hearted and enthusiastic participation.

Looking forward to our next steps.

Photo Gallery: We Gather Together

A photo collection (taken by Susan Healy) of International Conservatory of Music Board Members and our John E. Marlow Guitar and Education and Outreach Directors gathering together to send out letters to you, our community.

Photo Gallery: Montgomery County Executive Ball, 2016

The International Conservatory of Music: John E Marlow Guitar Series (represented by Directors & some Board Members) visited the Montgomery County Executive’s Ball this evening (Sunday, December 4, 2016) to celebrate the arts and, more specifically, to talk up our classical guitar programs in this area. 

(Also, see the last two pictures, the organizers were raffling off some door prizes – does their Raffle whirligig look familiar to anyone?)

Artistic Director, Danielle Cumming & Education & Outreach Director, João Figurirôa.

Board Member Duane Morse & Diane Morse

Board Members Charlotte Kuenen and David Kirstein

Board Member William Herrmann and Friend of the Series Tomoko Shinagawa

(This attendee’s identity is unknown but as I approached, I distinctly heard Tim Healy mention Zoran Dukić’s name.)

Susan Healy, Board Emeritus and William Herrmann, Board Member

Roland Dyens, France

Dear Board and friends,

The guitar world learned today the very sad news that Roland Dyens has passed away. He was a dear friend of the Marlow Series, playing for us 7 times (the very first Marlow concert I ever attended was a performance of his). I had recently been in touch with Roland’s manager Russ about his 2017-18 US tour dates and availability.

Although Roland looked very frail when I saw him last summer in Germany, he had great energy and warmth when he spoke about the Marlow Series, especially of Tim, Susan, Charlotte and David. He said his favorite story was driving with Tim on the highway and hitting a deer. Despite the terrible noise and the cracked windshield Tim’s quiet reaction of “Uh-oh” was to Roland the height of cool.

Roland’s contribution to the guitar world as a performer and composer is beyond measure. He leaves us with hundreds of works that expanded the palette of color possible in classical guitar, blending improvisation with exacting technique. Always free and expressive sounding, his scores reveal great care and detail of instructions so that performers could understand his unique vision for sound.

We have lost a great artist and Marlow friend, but his spirit and music will stay with us. We are so fortunate to have those wonderful performances in our memories.

Danielle Cumming, Artistic Director
The John E. Marlow Guitar Series

PICTURE GALLERY from October 13, 2012

PICTURE from 2010

A single drawing by International Conservatory of Music board member, Neil Doherty, 2010.