Fantastic article on Trio Bolero in Gazette!

There was a lovely article on the Trio Bolero in the Gazette today.  Take a look here.
Marlow Guitar will be presenting the Trio Bolero this Saturday, January 29th, at 8pm at the Westmoreland United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD.  Click here to buy tickets.

Just a reminder, if you come early, we have a Pre-Concert Lecture by Larry Snitzler at 7:15pm.  If you stay a little after the concert, there is a chance to meet the artists and other concert-goers at our free wine-and-cheese reception.

We hope to see you there!

Holiday Special – Comfort and Joy Holiday Series

Searching for a holiday gift for the musically inclined?  Consider the Comfort and Joy Holiday Series from Marlow Guitar!  This holiday special features the remaining four concerts of the 2010-2011 Season in one package, at the price of $84 (a 20% savings).  It’s a great deal!  This offer ends on December 18th, so get one now!  It’s already December 2!

Click on the words “Holiday Special” on the Marlow Guitar website!


Music Scholarship Competition

A note especially for our younger audience members:

The Beatty Music Scholarship Competition (run by a sister organization to the Marlow Guitar Series) will be starting up in March ’11.  See their UPDATED website for the application and music to download – available now!

Carlos Perez Concert Review

As always, we welcome your own thoughts and comments on the evening!  Please feel free to add your comments here!

The recital of Carlos Perez, Chile which we presented on Nov 13 at Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ has occurred.  Let me comment on the evening:

Around 6:30 pm, we entered the Church a bit tentatively, as we had been told that the furnace was being completely re-built and we were worried that it would be too cold.  It wasn’t.

Carlos came to the stage and began immediately with a Cello suite by J.S. Bach.  It was lyrical and colorful and delightful.  The program continued apace with the wonderful, virtuosic playing which we have come to associate with Carlos.  His dizzying speed was never carelessly thrown in but always used to good effect.   The reviewer from the Washington Post had the following to say:

Guitarist Carlos Perez
The six-concert Marlow Guitar Series at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda draws capacity audiences. Saturday’s revelatory performance by classical guitarist Carlos Perez proved no exception.

Fresh from a Carnegie Hall début, he is an expressive, impassioned player with astonishing technical prowess. These qualities stood him in good stead through most of the evening, which he dedicated to his native Chile’s bicentennial and the recent rescue of trapped miners in that country.

His most persuasive playing came in the second half of the program with 20th-century works by Venezuelan Antonio Lauro and Spain’s Joaquin Rodrigo. In three pieces by Lauro, Perez underscored the slightly Viennese lilt of the “Vals Venezolano,” caressed the “Romanza” with pure poetry speaking of ancient modal melodiousness, and raced through the “Pasaje Aragueno,” missing none of its Spanish fandango undercurrents.

Rodrigo’s “Elogio de la Guitarra” brought the absolute peak of the evening, Perez showering on it a lofty degree of imaginative coloring, dramatic twists and sheer virtuosity. Four Chilean folk songs arranged by the guitarist ended the concert on a melodious, contemplative note.

But the Bach Suite, BWV 1010 (originally for cello and transcribed by Perez), was unconvincing. Except in the freshly paced Gigue, the composer’s signature metrical and harmonic pulse was lost in the performer’s aimless subjectivity with plodding tempos and exaggerated ritardandos at every cadence.

The fabled Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia used to play in the vast openness of Washington’s Lisner Auditorium without audio enhancement. It would be interesting to hear Perez with no sound system.

— Cecelia Porter

I know that this review will offer Carlos some savory phrases for his career, so for this review we are surely grateful.

Tim Healy, Nov. 17, 2010


Carlos Perez’ concert review

Fresh from this morning’s Washington Post Style section – See page 2 for the review of Carlos Perez’ concert!

Coming up!

We are busy preparing for the Carlos Perez concert tomorrow night (Saturday, November 13th, 2010) at 8pm, Westmoreland United Church of Christ, Bethesda, MD!

If you come early, swing by to hear the pre-concert lecture by Larry Snitzler.  He lends a rich understanding to the music to which we, the audience, are about to hear.

And if you choose to buy a CD, would like it signed or just wish to meet the Artist, come by the free Wine and Cheese Reception after the performance! Sparkling water also available.

At the Reception, the International Conservatory of Music (the parent organization for The John E. Marlow Guitar Series) will continue to present the 30th Anniversary display.

We will also have a flier for the Silent Auction for one-piece: A Guitar Armoire, a custom-made, fine walnut cabinet with ebony knobs, designed to hold up to 5 guitars.  Perfect for someone who owns more than one guitar.

See you there!

Carlos Perez’ Master Class – Sunday, Nov. 14th, 2010

Carlos Perez will be having a Master Class on Sunday, November 14th.  Thanks to Larry Snitzler, (whom you may know from our pre-concert lectures) and the George Mason University School of Music, this is free and open for auditors!

Sunday, November 14th, 12:30pm

Choral Room (A 323)
DeLaski Performing Arts Building,
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
(directions provided by and to George Mason University)

questions: or call: 301-654-6403