Tim’s Thought For The Day : Beethoven blog

Thought for the day: 

By Tim Healy

So, here’s a story I heard or read about when I was at music school:

Beethoven and Goethe were out for a typical walk, during the day, as was conventional in the old days. As they were walking, the trail narrowed a bit. Approaching them was the Austrian Empress, Maria Ludovica and her entourage, a larger than life figure and an “important person”. Goethe doffed his hat while Beethoven pulled his own hat down deeper over his face, not giving way. Beethoven bawled Goethe out for his subservient behavior. Later, Goethe, who was most aghast, said to him, “Didn’t you see who was coming?” Beethoven’s reply was, “Didn’t she see who was coming?”

Now I don’t know if that’s a true story or just a story, but the thought of it last night remained with me and I got to wondering…

“What was Ludwig Van Beethoven’s nickname, or did he even have one?”

Would he have been so serious that you couldn’t call him Luddy, or Van or Viggie, or the Ludmeister, or the Ludmobile? Would he have been a Cubs fan, rooting for them in this World Series? Would you invite him out for lunch and in the middle of the lunch, say, “Hey, Ludmeister, would you pass me the mustard?” And would he even do it? I think if I did invite him for lunch, at his best choice of a restaurant, it would be a minimum courtesy to pass the condiments, if you know what I mean.

In the cold light of history, we hear that he had a nephew and a wild sister and a fairly imperious father and he was one impressive piano composer and player. We hear that he sold his written works in different countries at the same time, with little regard to international copyright, if there was one.

It must have been incredibly daunting to lose one’s sense of hearing…even more since he was a practicing musician. How frustrating to try to conduct and have to wonder if the players are really in tune, or what? And according to my understanding, his deafness was curable if he were in our time.

But his most famous motif, the beginning of the 5th Symphony, maybe It’s a future looking phrase, “Don’t kid your Self!”

Review, Washington Post: Jason Vieaux

This is a great review in the Washington Post of Jason Vieaux’s concert Saturday night for The John E. Marlow Guitar Series.


Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux, USA

Welcome to the picture gallery for the opening performance of the 23rd John E. Marlow Guitar Season, Jason Vieaux!








A Toast to Tim and Susan Healy by David Kirstein

Written by David Kirstein. Introduction written by Danielle Cumming, Artistic Director in a post on the John E. Marlow Guitar Series Facebook page.

This toast to Tim and Susan by David Kirstein was one of the many wonderful tributes today, celebrating this special community and the achievements of the past 20+ years: 
“I have been asked to say a few words about Tim and Susan.

The first word that came to mind is family. Tim and Susan are the doting parents of the big a growing family that is the John Marlow Guitar series.
22 years and by my count 130 concerts so far featuring the world’s best guitarists:

Berta Rojas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Roland Dyens, Margareta Escarpa, Pepe Romero, Xuefei Yang, David Russell – and these wonderful performers just scratch the surface. 
These artists come as performers and leave as friends – Part of the Marlow series family – eager to return again and again. 

Why – because Tim and Susan embrace them as family and part of our community.
Their achievement is “epic” (which according to my millennial son is way more amazing than awesome.)
The next word I thought of was Fortitude. Can you imagine for one minute working on a project of this magnitude with Regis at your side for 21 years!
And that of course led to the word – Patience – which Susan must be blessed with in abundance – keeping the whole ship afloat with Tim and Regis at the helm.
How we got here today was a lifetime in the making. While most of us Easterners do not immediately associate Wyoming with classical music it was ever present in Tim’s home.
He came to Washington to study with the Jesuits at Georgetown U and met Susan in 1965 under most unusual circumstances. It seems they both lived on a quiet little street in Georgetown when one evening shots rang out. Susan and her roommate stuck their heads out the window only to hear someone aka Tim shout “get back – he still has 2 shots left.” In 1965, only someone from Wyoming would have known that!
Married in 1970 they spent time in Boston. Tim studied at the New England Conservatory of Music where he majored in corny jokes and minored in guitar. Eventually and with great luck for us, they returned to DC around 1980, with ideas about bringing music of all types to the public.  
The sudden and very sad loss of John Marlow, did have a silver lining as the Washington guitar community came together in tribute. Tim, Regis and Wade Dunn said let’s try this again and again and again…
And now we are here today to say thank you Tim and Susan for giving so much so we all can enjoy the mysteries and enchantment of the classical guitar.”

Jason Vieaux performs October 22, 2016

Tickets and program are available on the marlowguitar.org website, as well as a sample music clip.
jv_med_sqGrammy-winner Jason Vieaux “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His latest solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music. Recent and future highlights include performances at the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Ravinia Festival, New York’s 92Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, and many others. He has performed as soloist with nearly 100 orchestras and his passion for new music has fostered premieres by Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, José Luis Merlin, and more. Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well, and has released thirteen albums, most recently Together with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. Vieaux recently recorded Ginastera’s Sonata for Guitar for a Ginastera Centennial album which will be released in fall 2016 on Oberlin Music. His album with bandoneonist Julien Labro will be released in fall 2016 on Azica.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. In 1992 he was the youngest ever winner of the GFA International Guitar Competition. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series.
NPR’s Tiny Desk episode – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf_Lolpumi4
Tickets are available on the marlowguitar.org website for Jason Vieaux’s October 22, 2016 performance.

Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser, USA : April 22, 2017 8pm

bg_med_sqWe conclude with the great fun and sweet melodies of Swing jazz. This fabulous duo of guitar and clarinet will carry us through the Big Band, gypsy jazz and American Songbook eras.

“Smooth-struttin’ jazz and smokey blues…a rare fusion of emotion and intellect.”
– – Montreal Gazette

“A sound so full that it’s hard to believe only two people hold the stage.”
– – Calgary Herald

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
1 Westmoreland Circle,
Bethesda, MD 20816

Season Tickets available now: marlowguitar.org
Music Clip: http://marlowguitar.org/Season23/Music/Billy.wav
Individual Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 15, 2016, which is TODAY!

— We can’t wait. Hope to see you there. —
photo supplied by artist
Sponsored by Shereen Remez

Margarita Escarpa, SPAIN: March 18, 2017 8pm

me_med_sqSpanish guitarist Margarita Escarpa, a Marlow audience favorite, celebrates her Marlow return with a special program of Spanish and Mexican repertoire.

A winner of international competitions, Margarita combines impressive technique with warm interpretation and musicality.

“ … Escarpa held the audience under her seductive and bewitching spell. She indeed is a musical sorceress.”
The Tribune, Salt Lake City

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
1 Westmoreland Circle,
Bethesda, MD 20816

Season Tickets available now: marlowguitar.org
Music Clip: http://marlowguitar.org/Season23/Music/Escarpa.wav
Individual Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 15, 2016.

— We can’t wait. Hope to see you there. —
photo supplied by artist

Sponsored by Duane Morse