Outreach Photos: Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser at Einstein High School

April 24, 2017

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Audience Reflections: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from SPAIN

ME_Med_SQMargarita Escarpa performance March 18, 2017

by Deborah Drayer

The John E. Marlow Series had nearly a full house on Saturday as Margarita Escarpa graced Westmoreland Congregational Church with its magnificent acoustics and a program of Spanish and Mexican music punctuated by Wolfgang Lendle’ stunning take on Caprice No.24 by Paganini. We often hear Spanish music from guitarists of varying nationalities, but hearing it direct from this genuinely accomplished Spaniard was an extra special treat. While many of us are more familiar with the likes of Rodrigo, Albeniz, Ponce, Tarrega and Piazzolla however, it was the Variations Capricieuses d’apres Paganini that demanded the most technically of Margarita even as some variations leaned into the humorous for effect.

The Lendle Paganini arranges the original thematic material for solo violin for the modern acoustic guitar, introducing fingering Paganini himself might have found challenging had he been a guitarist. Scales and arpeggios fly off the strings with enormous effect but only if both of the artist’s hands are up to it. Fortunately for the assembled, Ms. Escarpa had no difficulty meeting the challenge and any less calloused player would have walked away with a box of band aids in their pockets. But, Margarita needed no first aid and came back for the second half of the program with fingertips intact and serenaded us with habaneras and tangos by Tarrega, Sainz de la Maza and Piazzolla, as well as Ponce’s now rarely performed Variations sur “Folia de Espanaet Fuge.

Margarita was the last of our classical guitarists on this season’s program but Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser will end the season on an upbeat swing-jazz note you won’t want to miss. So make a calendar note for April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at WCC on the Westmoreland Circle.

Minor edits provided by ICM.

Photo Gallery: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist, SPAIN

Photos from the Margarita Escarpa performance, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The venue
Amanie Oubrahim, 2017 Beatty Music CompetitionGrand Prize winner : Sound Check
Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from Spain, Sound check
Pre-Concert Lecture: Esperanza Berroco
Esperanza Berroco
Amy Crews Cutts, Executive Director of the Beatty Competition
Amy Crews Cutts wins the Guitar Raffle (guitar from Brian Litz)

From the Meet-The-Artist Reception:









Education and Outreach Director, Joao Figueiroa, Founder, Tim Healy, Margarita Escarpa, BOD Emeritus, Susan Healy, Artistic Director, Danielle Cumming

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.



















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.