We’ve had a terrific 17th Season and we were delighted to meet and greet every one of you! We’d love to see you again and offer more terrific classical guitar music – and so, we give you the concert dates of our 18th Season (starting in October 2011). The artists? Stay tuned…
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With the thunderous standing ovations for Berta Rojas’ performance, our 18th season draws to a close. It’s been a wonderful season, filled with great music from around the world. We started in China with XueFei Yang and her world premiere of our Board member and good friend, Dr. Chien-Tai Chen’s new piece, Tango Tomorrow, written expressly for XueFei. Carlos Perez, on the crest of 200 years of Chilean independence, played a lovely program which include Chilean folk songs as arranged by Carlos and dedicated to the brave miners who survived that mining disaster.
After the new year, we welcomed Trio Bolero to our stage and heard the wonderful arrangements of Dr. Miroslav Loncar (guitar) for two guitars and cello in ensemble with Natasa Klasinc-Loncar (guitar) and Rebekah Johnson (cello), and a reactivation of an ensemble from a decade ago. Then Yuri Liberzon, the well traveled guitarist from Siberia arrived and introduced us to music from Eastern Europe. Mark Ashford from England played musical arrangements in a most spectacular fashion in spite of his affliction of Focal Dystonia. And the final performance of Berta to a sold out house.
It’s been another great season and we rejoice that we are lucky enough to be able to do this and get away with it, once again. We are hammering out our contracts for next season and will announce it shortly, possibly by this blog.
Thanks to all of you for making this a highly successful series and we look forward to seeing you again next year. If you didn’t subscribe in the past, consider subscribing in the future. It helps us to know who is coming and how much we can afford to advertise.
If you haven’t seen it already, please see the Washington Post review of Berta Rojas’ Saturday night performance!
It was a wonderful concert – we were glad to see you and to share wonderful music!
Last night’s program, our fifth in this 17th season of the Marlow series, was a brilliant success, by almost any measure. Our Beatty competition Grand Prize winner, Katie Cho, presented two very musical etudes written by two different composers with remarkable grace and poise.
Mark Ashford, the main attraction, brought people to their feet! Playing with personality and charm, he captivated the audience, illustrating a variety of works by Roland Dyens, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos…all requiring the technical mastery of the instrument, suffused with warmth and joy. It’s not without some thought that the image of a young Julian Bream crossed my mind. He did win a Julian Bream award, after all. The audience did jump to their feet at the last with a rousing thank you ovation for such fine playing.
When attending a live performance of an artist you have never heard, you just don’t know what to expect. It’s not like we don’t prepare the audience for the evening, even if it’s a premier performance by a virtually unknown player. After all, we have Professor Larry Snitzler deliver a pre-concert lecture in which he talks about some of the works that will be played or other ancillary works that might shed light on the compositions themselves or the composer. Then, we print up a program, replete with program notes and smiling faces of our friends and patrons.
But when the artist steps upon the stage, all bets are off.
Who would have expected one artist to propose marriage to his girlfriend in the 5th row (She accepted…whew!) and who would have expected the artist to step on her skirt and do a nose dive as she descended the stage at the “pause?” (no damage…whew! Again)
And so it was on Saturday night when Yuri Liberzon, from Siberia, Israel, Baltimore, New Haven and Burlingame, California took the stage in the 4th performance of our 17th season of The Marlow Guitar series. It was clear from the first note that he was “in the zone,” and that we were in for a rare treat. He played virtually without flaws but not without taking risks. He played with warmth and musicality and a care for the notes, like a great chef preparing a marvelous musical banquet. Taking one bow after another, his youth became more apparent and his smile widened at hearing so many congratulatory waves of applause. One encore was all he afforded us, leaving us, as the presenters always recommend, wishing for “just one more.”