Photo Gallery: Antigoni Goni, Classical Guitarist, GREECE

Pictures from the night of the Antigoni Goni performance, Saturday, February 25, 2017.



















This immersive weekend – February 25, 2017

Can we rename this weekend February Classical Guitar Immersion weekend?

For classical guitar students and musical aficionados of any age, this weekend is reaching immersion-style proportions, would you agree? Also a great environment for those planning on competing in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in March, eh?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 Master Class @ 6pm
(Free for listeners. Auditors are pre-selected.)

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Master Class with Antigoni Goni, classical guitarist from Greece.

With Levine Music, Silver Spring Campus
Silver Spring Public Library
900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 4pm

Loudoun Youth Guitars @ 4pm Twinbrook Public Library. Free for listeners.
Twinbrook Public Library
202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Direct from Twinbrook Library website:

“Do you enjoy music? Do you love guitars? Loudoun Youth Guitars, formed by talented guitar students from middle to high schools in Loudoun County, will perform pieces from classical to contemporary composers like Handel, Vivaldi, Bizet and Chick Corea.

Conducted by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Croatian Embassy, the National Institutes of Health, the Composer Society of Montgomery County, Loudoun County Public Libraries, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, and other venues.”

More info: http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=112358


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 7pm

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Pre-Concert Lecture by Candice Mowbray (included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8pm

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Classical Guitarist, Antigoni Goni, from Greece
(Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 after the concert

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Meet-The-Artist Reception with Antigoni Goni
(included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Bring your purchased CD or concert program to have it signed by Antigoni. Feel free to share your impressions of her performance and ask questions if you have them.

We encourage you to share! Bring friends or family.

Hope to see you at any or all of these! If you take pictures, tag us on Twitter @marlowguitar or @intlcmusic or Facebook and we’ll share!

Classical Guitarist Antigoni Goni, GREECE

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ANTIGONI GONI, CLASSICAL GUITARIST Photo: Simone Scozzari

The Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni, enjoys a truly international career, having performed throughout Europe, the US and Japan, from Carnegie Hall to the Bolshoi Theater, from Wigmore Hall to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Acropolis (Athens).

Having studied with such great masters as Evangelos Assimakopoulos, John Mills, Julian Bream, Sharon Isbin and Oscar Ghiglia, Goni brings her internationally acclaimed expertise to universities around the world through seminars and master classes. She is Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and Artist-in-Residence for San Francisco Performances. She is also Founder and Artistic Director of the Volterra Project Summer Guitar Institute, an annual international festival in Tuscany. Prior to this she was Founder and Chair of the Guitar Department at Julliard Pre-College Division in New York City.

Goni’s career blossomed in the mid-1990s after she won the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition which resulted in some 65 concerts in North America and a contract with Naxos Records for whom she has recorded three highly respected and successful CDs.

Goni’s most recent CD, Hymn to the Muse, released in 2016 is a recording of works inspired by the Greek culture and heritage, composed and dedicated to her.

The John E. Marlow Guitar Series Premieres Greek Guitarist, Antigoni Goni

 “An eloquent player with a graceful touch and a rich sound”
New York Times

 Performing pieces from her 2016 CD Hymns to the Muse, along with pieces by Tárrega, and Mangoré and Merlin

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm
Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle | Bethesda, MD 20816

Tickets: Adult $28 – http://www.marlowguitar.org

Students (18-22) $14, Under 18 Free with Adult, please call 301.799.4028

Pre-concert lecture at 7:00 pm
FREE “Meet the Artist” reception after concert.

Audience Review: Jorge Caballero, PERU

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Jorge Caballero

I looked around for a second guitarist as Jorge Caballero played J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and I wondered how he would later bring out the orchestra in Pictures at an Exhibition. We were not disappointed. 

We found out he was only eleven when he first attempted Kazuhiko Yamashita’s arrangement of Pictures and nineteen when he finally understood it enough to play and recorded it publically. Caballero intimated that the multifarious avant-garde sounds were best brought out using classical guitar techniques. Pictures at an Exhibition was a long piece that sounded very short, and he treated us to big orchestral sounds on just a six-string guitar!
Mky

Master Class: Jorge Caballero, Peru

‪Jorge Caballero gave a Master Class, co-hosted with Levine School of Music at their Silver Spring campus, in the Silver Spring Library on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Photo Gallery: Classical Guitarist, Jorge Caballero, PERU

Photos from the Jorge Caballero performance, January 28, 2017 -Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

Sound & lighting check
An audience member investigating the guitar
A detail of one of the guitars to be raffled
Miroslav Lončar presents the pre-concert lecture.
Tim Healy and Danielle Cumming
Intermission
Duane and Diane Morse, Frank B and another audience member
Danielle Cumming and João Figueirôa
Danielle Cumming and audience members
Intermission
Post performance questions with the artist, Jorge Caballero


João Figueirôa, Danielle Cumming, Jorge Caballero, Tim Healy

Audience Review: Jorge Caballero, Peru

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When one is in the presence of greatness, one should be aware of it. I was certainly so on Saturday evening in the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. From the moment Jorge Caballero sat down and composed himself to present an exquisite rendering of four pieces from the Iberia Suite by Albeniz, my understanding of the capacity of the acoustic guitar was forever altered. With an impassioned performance, Mr. Caballero perceptively communicated the poetic Evocation with its echoes of Spanish fandango and jota song forms. He moved with such ease into El Puerto, a fine Andalusian could have cantered in natural gait to its rhythms. And, El Albaicin and Malaga further bore us through the southern Spanish coast sharing its culture and images. Only absent was the fine wine and food to accompany these masterful pieces.

From J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903, the take away impression was simply stunning, stunning, stunning. To reduce a score written for an instrument with two manuals and five octaves each and impose it onto an instrument with just six strings is nothing less than insane. What’s even more insane is that it actually works, at least in the hands of Mr. Caballero whose command of his instrument is, I’m sure, the envy of many a performer eking out a career in this demanding profession. The rapid fire execution of scales and counterpoint might cause any keyboardist to permanently close the lid on their instrument; but, to conquer its fugal fingering on six strings, well, the only comparison is that both the harpsichord and acoustic guitar are plucked.

Intermission gave listeners time to recover from part one of the program, but nothing could have prepared us for part two. As one of only two guitarists in the world to have mastered Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on six strings, Mr. Caballero made Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue sound like Lesson Book I instruction. All that can be said is the man has skills — many, many gifts and even more skills to back up his inborn, natural ability. I wasn’t expecting to attend a guitar concert and hear all virtuoso compositions originally composed for the keyboard. Guitarists are renowned for their ability to interpret music written for other instruments, but this program presented us with some of the most difficult keyboard music one could tackle and yet there we were transfixed by not only the tremendous aptitude of this performer but by the amazing sound and dynamic of his playing. You would be amazed too, if you were to plug into the Marlow Series. Its reputation attracts the best guitarists this temporal world offers.   What a gift to this community, unlike any other. And, Jorge Caballero confirmed for us Saturday just how fortunate we are to be on the receiving end of greatness.

Looking forward to hearing Antigoni Goni from Greece on February 25th at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda.

Deborah Drayer