Memories from the concert!
Memories from the concert!
— Announcing a cameo performance by Carlos Olivares, the 2018 Grand Prize Winner of the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition, at our April 21, 2018 concert. —
Carlos Olivares has been playing the classical guitar for almost five years. He is a junior in the Potomac Falls Artist Ensemble under the direction of Hart Wells. He is now in his third year as a member of the PFHS Guitar Quartet and has performed at the Appalachian GuitarFest and the Peabody Conservatory. Carlos is also a member of the Loudoun Youth Guitars, a select student ensemble directed by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, with whom he also studies privately. With the group, he has performed at the National Institutes of Health, the Croatian Embassy, and the Kennedy Center. Carlos has participated in master classes with Elliott Frank, Matt Palmer, and Julian Gray. He has also won prizes in both the Aguado Guitar Competition and the Beatty Competition. Carlos enjoys playing golf as well and is on the PFHS golf team.
– 2018 Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar program
For the sixth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Pepe Romero (Spain) perform.
Performance: April 21, 2018, 8pm.
To call Pepe Romero a superb guitarist is to understate the case… Mr. Romero is an exceptional musician.
– The New York Times
Celebrated worldwide for his dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, concert guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his recitals, performances with orchestra and with the world famous Los Romeros Quartet.
Born in 1944 in Malaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of “The Royal Family of the Guitar” – the Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only teacher. Mr. Romero’s first professional performance occurred in a shared concert with his father in Sevilla’s Teatro Lope de Vega when Pepe was seven years old. After relocating to America, Celedonio Romero formed the Romeros Quartet with his three sons: Celine, Pepe and Angel. Their many performances solidified them as the leading guitar ensemble in the world.
Although best known for his classical guitar performances, Mr. Romero’s passion for the traditional flamenco music of Andalucia has never wavered. His first recording, ‘Flamenco Fenomeno’ for Contemporary Records, was made when he was only 15. Since then, Mr. Romero has made more than 50 recordings among which are over 20 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in–the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Mariner and Iona Brown, as well as collaborations with numerous renowned artists and ensembles.
Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the “Premio Andalucia de Musica” the highest recognition given by his native land for his contributions to the arts. In February 2000, King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Mr. Romero and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Catolica”. The following year “Los Romeros: Royal Family of the Guitar,” a biographical documentary was made by PBS Television.
Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music on April 21, 2018, 8pm. Get tickets here: marlowguitar.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Jonathan Palevsky
— Seth Kibel will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Rhythm Future Quartet performance, March 24, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org —
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.
Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. One song from that album, “New Waltz,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).
Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Candice Mowbray
Intermission and Raffle Selection
“Meet-The-Artist” Wine & Cheese Reception
Performance: February 24, 2018, 8pm.
— Dr. Candice Mowbray will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Lukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance, February 24, 2018, 8pm. Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org —
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.