Pre-Concert Speaker, Hart Wells

Hart Wells

— Hart Wells will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Meng Su’s performance, November 18, 2017. —

Originally from Kings Mountain, NC, William Hart Wells’ initial classical guitar studies were under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University. A North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholarship recipient, Wells graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor’s in Music Education and began teaching K-5 general music at Granite Falls Elementary School in Granite Falls, NC and directing the guitar program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC.

In 2004, Wells accepted a teaching position with Loudoun County Public Schools and has since served as the Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA. With an annual enrollment of approx. 120 guitar students, the program at PFHS continues to be at the forefront of pre-college guitar education.

In 2013, 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. Mr. Wells has performed in masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Eduardo Fernandez, Jason Vieaux, Bruce Holzman, Julian Gray, Matteo Mela, Stanley Yates, Raphaella Smits, Andrew Zohn, among others. In 2015, Mr. Wells appeared on a cd produced by Les Productions d’Oz celebrating the solo and ensemble compositions
of noted performer, educator, and composer, Miroslav Loncar. Wells recorded the composition entitled “Lullaby with Variations” that he commissioned from the composer in late 2012.

Mr. Wells also is an active member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Virginia Music Educator Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Aguado Guitar Concerts of Sterling, VA.

Classical Guitarist, Richard Miller, Brazil

We kicked off our 2017-2018 Classical Guitar Season with a celebration of bossa nova!

For the first performance, we invited you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear Classical guitarist, Richard Miller (Brazil) perform. He was joined by special guests Débora Watts (voice) & our very own, João Figueirôa (classical guitar).

You may have heard Richard Miller perform in last year’s partnership with Montgomery County, MD Public Library as part of our Education and Outreach series.

RIchard Miller, BRAZIL

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, inspired by Brazil, on October 21, 2017, 8pm. Find tickets here:

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Richard Miller’s recent concerts include special performances for Pope Francis and President Obama. He has played at Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and Merkin Hall; as well
as jazz clubs in New York City and Washington DC. As a teacher, he has given workshops at Texas Southern University, University of Florida, Georgetown University and NYU, among many others.

Hailed as “an ambassador of Brazilian music” by The Washington
Post, João Paulo Figueirôa is a foremost interpreter of music from Brazil, performing solo and with orchestra throughout the US and South America in guitar festivals, on television and radio. João is Executive Director of Marlow Guitar International, and head of Guitar at The Catholic University of America.

Born in Saquarema, a small beach town north of Rio, Débora Watts grew up believing she was going to be a scientist, but left Organic Chemistry to explore life outside the lab. After traveling from Peru to India, Débora moved to New York City, where she heard Brazilian music performed at the legendary “Cafe Wha?” and realized that her true dream was to be a singer.

Débora performs samba, Latin jazz, and bossa nova, and has recently recorded her second CD, of original compositions.

-from our Program

(Photos to come)

Pre-Concert Talk given by: Brian McCann

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of
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Pre-Concert Speaker, Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

— Bryan McCann ,speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk at the Richard Miller performance, October 21, 2017. —

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. His books include Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004) and Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2014). He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of Rio de Janeiro.