Audience Review: Antigoni Goni, GREECE

ag_med_sqSaturday, February 25th brought us another international guitarist celeb marking the fourth of just six features on this season’s Marlow Guitar Series. It’s always so nice to travel to foreign lands without having to leave one’s own back yard and Saturday’s adventure to Greece (for much of the program) transported us to a realm of ancient classical poetry updated for modern ears.

Tarrega was a traditional warm up hailing from the Iberian peninsula with Endecha y Oremus and Antigoni Goni, our artist of the evening, put her Andrea Tacchi guitar to good use in her presentation of the work. Wonderful sounding instruments like Spanish and Latin music and for good reason: the maker, a Florentine by birth, began making guitars at the young age of fifteen and sought out the most prominent Latin and Spanish luthiers to establish himself as one of the preeminent craftsman of today. It’s no wonder Tarrega’s work hums and strums so naturally on these fine acoustic instruments. But, that’s to be expected.

What was not anticipated was the application of Ms. Goni’s instrument to the more esoteric work by Dusan Bogdanovic . Carved out of a two thousand year old ancient Greek column, Bogdanovic’s Hymn to the Muse takes its theme from the Seikilos epitaph, the oldest surviving complete musical composition known to date. The Epitaph is inscribed: “I am a portrait in stone. I was put here by Seikilos, where I remain forever, the symbol of timeless remembrance.” And, the poetic text with music is inscribed: “While you live, shine. Have no grief at all. Life exists only for a short while and time demands an end.” This original melody is re-imagined by Bodganovic in a blend of pythagorian and modern dissonant tonality, the setting somewhat haunting yet accessible. It’s about loss and living beyond to one’s own end. Fitting advice from the ancients, as the Greeks so well must have lived it. This work, having been dedicated to Ms. Goni, was a deeply personal interpretation as was her presentation of Mikis Theodorakis’ trio of pieces alternately using the guitar as both a percussion and string instrument. Just goes to show how interesting listening outside the box can be, and Ms. Goni demonstrated that for us on Saturday.

See you next time, when Margarita Escarpa joins Marlow again for what is sure to be a well attended evening. Don’t delay. Buy your tickets today! www.marlowguitar.org

Deborah Drayer

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Antigoni Goni Spotlight: by CultureSpotMC

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Antigoni Goni was interviewed by Peggy McEwan with CultureSpotMC, an online arts calendar.

The link to the story is here: http://www.culturespotmc.com/guitar-heroine/

If you prefer to download the file and print it to read, here is a PDF:  culturespotmc_spotlightantigonigoni

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.