Roland Dyens, France

Dear Board and friends,

The guitar world learned today the very sad news that Roland Dyens has passed away. He was a dear friend of the Marlow Series, playing for us 7 times (the very first Marlow concert I ever attended was a performance of his). I had recently been in touch with Roland’s manager Russ about his 2017-18 US tour dates and availability.

Although Roland looked very frail when I saw him last summer in Germany, he had great energy and warmth when he spoke about the Marlow Series, especially of Tim, Susan, Charlotte and David. He said his favorite story was driving with Tim on the highway and hitting a deer. Despite the terrible noise and the cracked windshield Tim’s quiet reaction of “Uh-oh” was to Roland the height of cool.

Roland’s contribution to the guitar world as a performer and composer is beyond measure. He leaves us with hundreds of works that expanded the palette of color possible in classical guitar, blending improvisation with exacting technique. Always free and expressive sounding, his scores reveal great care and detail of instructions so that performers could understand his unique vision for sound.

We have lost a great artist and Marlow friend, but his spirit and music will stay with us. We are so fortunate to have those wonderful performances in our memories.

Danielle Cumming, Artistic Director
The John E. Marlow Guitar Series

PICTURE GALLERY from October 13, 2012

PICTURE from 2010

A single drawing by International Conservatory of Music board member, Neil Doherty, 2010.


Master Class: Jason Vieaux at Montgomery College, Rockville

Sunday, October 23, 2016, the International Conservatory of Music’s Outreach and Education program, in partnership with Montgomery College, Rockville (Maryland), presented Jason Vieaux in a Master Class with 6 registered students and an audience of interested listeners.

Ready to sign up or come listen to our Rene Izquierdo Master Class? Also at Montgomery College, Rockville, Friday, November 18, 2016 5pm.

Be there!

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 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 –
Tickets are available on the website for Jason Vieaux’s October 22, 2016 performance.