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.
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?)
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.
Sunday, October 23, 2016, the International Conservatory of Music’s Outreach and Education program, in partnership with Montgomery College, Rockville (Maryland), presented Jason Vieaux in a Master Class with 6 registered students and an audience of interested listeners.
Ready to sign up or come listen to our Rene Izquierdo Master Class? Also at Montgomery College, Rockville, Friday, November 18, 2016 5pm.
Written by David Kirstein. Introduction written by Danielle Cumming, Artistic Director in a post on the John E. Marlow Guitar Series Facebook page.
This toast to Tim and Susan by David Kirstein was one of the many wonderful tributes today, celebrating this special community and the achievements of the past 20+ years:
“I have been asked to say a few words about Tim and Susan.
The first word that came to mind is family. Tim and Susan are the doting parents of the big a growing family that is the John Marlow Guitar series.
22 years and by my count 130 concerts so far featuring the world’s best guitarists:
Berta Rojas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Roland Dyens, Margareta Escarpa, Pepe Romero, Xuefei Yang, David Russell – and these wonderful performers just scratch the surface.
These artists come as performers and leave as friends – Part of the Marlow series family – eager to return again and again.
Why – because Tim and Susan embrace them as family and part of our community.
Their achievement is “epic” (which according to my millennial son is way more amazing than awesome.)
The next word I thought of was Fortitude. Can you imagine for one minute working on a project of this magnitude with Regis at your side for 21 years!
And that of course led to the word – Patience – which Susan must be blessed with in abundance – keeping the whole ship afloat with Tim and Regis at the helm.
How we got here today was a lifetime in the making. While most of us Easterners do not immediately associate Wyoming with classical music it was ever present in Tim’s home.
He came to Washington to study with the Jesuits at Georgetown U and met Susan in 1965 under most unusual circumstances. It seems they both lived on a quiet little street in Georgetown when one evening shots rang out. Susan and her roommate stuck their heads out the window only to hear someone aka Tim shout “get back – he still has 2 shots left.” In 1965, only someone from Wyoming would have known that!
Married in 1970 they spent time in Boston. Tim studied at the New England Conservatory of Music where he majored in corny jokes and minored in guitar. Eventually and with great luck for us, they returned to DC around 1980, with ideas about bringing music of all types to the public.
The sudden and very sad loss of John Marlow, did have a silver lining as the Washington guitar community came together in tribute. Tim, Regis and Wade Dunn said let’s try this again and again and again…
And now we are here today to say thank you Tim and Susan for giving so much so we all can enjoy the mysteries and enchantment of the classical guitar.”
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. (more)
Tickets and program are available on the marlowguitar.org website, as well as a sample music clip.
Since first winning competitions and public admiration in the 1990s with her colorful and virtuosic playing, Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni has gone on to an international career, performing throughout Europe, Russia, North and South America and Asia.
Antigoni’s Marlow debut coincides with the release of her beautiful new solo album, ‘Hymn to the Muse’, a recording of works inspired by Greece.
Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
1 Westmoreland Circle,
Bethesda, MD 20816
— We can’t wait. Hope to see you there. —
photo by Simone Scozzari