Classical Guitarist, Meng Su, China

For the second performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Meng Su (China), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and United States giving solo, duo, trio, and quartet concerts, and playing with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra.

Meng gave her Carnegie Hall debut with Yameng Wang, her duo partner in the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2010, which launched the duo’s international
concert career. This season will take them to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and China.

Meng’s debut duo CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. In July 2016, Meng released her first solo album Meng.

Born in Qingdao, China, Meng began studying the guitar at the age of 5. She showed her talents from an early age and won first prize in numerous international competitions, including the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany, and the Parkening International Guitar Competition.

In 2006, Meng came to the US to study with the world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and earned her Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diplomas at Peabody Conservatory.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Hart Wells

Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA, Hart Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr.
Glenn Caluda. (…more…)

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Pre-Concert Speaker, Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

— Bryan McCann ,speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk at the Richard Miller performance, October 21, 2017. —

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. His books include Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004) and Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2014). He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of Rio de Janeiro.

Marlow Serenade: Candice Mowbray

Marlow Serenade
October 8, 2017: Candice Mowbray

Our second Marlow Serenade. Don’t miss out on the next one – sign up for the next announcement: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

 Program

La Vie En Rose         Edith Piaf (1915-1963) and Louis Guglielmi (1916-1991)
arr. J. Raymond

Manha de Carnival                                                       Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001)
arr. B. Powell

Vals pour Atom                                                        Laurent Boutros (b. 1964)

Gnossienne, no. 1                                                           Erik Satie (1866-1925)
arr. R. Dyens

Etude, no. 2                                                                 Ida Presti (1924-1967)
Danse rythmique

Reverie                                                             Alexandre Lagoya (1929-1999)

Fantaisie Elegiaque, Op. 59                                    Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
I. Introduction: Andante largo
II. Marche funebre: Andante moderato

Song for the Rainforest                                               Glenn Caluda (b. 1948)

 

As mentioned above, we will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

 

The first Marlow Serenade…

Introducing the Marlow Serenade series, a set of delightful house concerts featuring still yet more classical guitars.

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We will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/tEz9H

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

And now for some pictures from our first Marlow Serenade, featuring Chris Moy, provided by Amy Crews Cutts (host, member of the Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Beatty Music Competition).

Amy’s words, as posted on Facebook:

“The first Marlow Serenade performance was beautiful and fun and 🎶! So wonderful to see Chris Moy again. He won the 2007 Senior division and came back in 2008 to win the Beatty Competition Grand Prize. He is now a professional as well as a graduate student furthering his studies in Basel, Switzerland. Thank you to all who attended this event and those that have supported Marlow Guitar International (International Conservatory of Music) and the Beatty Competition!”

 

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.