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.

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Photos: Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic

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Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, Croatia

For the third performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

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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.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

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.

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

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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.

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Matt Dunlap

— Dr. Dunlap will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Ana Vidovic’s performance, January 20, 2018. —

Dunlap Head shot 2017_BW_sm Dr. Matthew Dunlap began playing the guitar at the age of ten. He completed his BM in guitar performance at Kennesaw State University, MM in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a DM in guitar performance at Florida State University where he was a Teaching Assistant to Bruce Holzman from 2003-2005.

During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with world renowned guitar pedagogue, Oscar Ghiglia.

He has received numerous awards including 1st prize in the graduate division of the 2000 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, Peabody Merit Scholarship in 2000, 1st prize in the 2003 Florida MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, a Top Prize at the 2003 Columbus Guitar Symposium, and in October of 2004 he received the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Award from Florida State University. He has performed concerts and conducted masterclasses in Italy, Costa Rica, Canada and numerous venues in the US.

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. His duties have included teaching class guitar, guitar
ensemble, guitar literature, and applied lessons. He has received multiple awards for
teaching and leadership through his tenure as an educator including being a finalist for
teacher of the year, recipient of the Loudoun County Excellence in Education Award, the
Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, and the Tuscarora High School Diamond award for
Excellence.

Dr. Dunlap has been the director of the Tuscarora Guitar Program since it was
established in 2010. His students have participated in workshops and masterclasses with
the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Canadian Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Marco Tamayo,
Julian Gray, Leo Welch, and Jason Vieaux.

In the Spring of 2014 they were featured in the Yale University Guitar Extravaganza and the Peabody Preparatory Fret Festival. The following school year they performed with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at the Washington College Guitar Festival.

SPECIAL: 4-Concert Holiday Series Package

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

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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!

Photos: Meng Su, Classical Guitarist

Sound check! Meng Su, Classical Guitarist

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Pre-Concert Talk: Hart Wells


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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.

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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!