Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, Croatia

For the third performance of the 2017-2018 Season:

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We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic (Croatia), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Performance: January 20, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Ana Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Toronto and San Francisco. Recently she has given tours in Korea, Japan, Colombia and Mauritius.

Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.

In addition to her many CDs, Ana’s performance DVDs, “Guitar Artistry in Concert,” featuring the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Barrios, and “Guitar Virtuoso,” featuring Bach, Paganini and Walton, have been released on Mel Bay Publications.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Matt Dunlap

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Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University, Troy State University, Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School, and Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.

Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org
See you there!

Getting ready for the John E. Marlow Guitar Season 2016-2017!

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Dear friends,

You may have already seen one reminder that went out about one of our artists just today. It gave me an excuse to write up a post that describes the entire season.

In case you haven’t visited our Facebook page or our ticket website, this is where you can get your Season tickets: marlowguitar.org and listen to music clip samples.

jv_med_sqJason Vieaux, USA
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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ri_med_sqRene Izquierdo, CUBA
Saturday, November 19, 2016
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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zd_med_sqZoran Dukic, CROATIA
Saturday, January 28, 2017
8pm

Cultural Arts Center Montgomery College
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910

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ag_med_sqAntigoni Goni, GREECE
Saturday, February 25, 2017
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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me_med_sqMargarita Escarpa, SPAIN
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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bg_med_sqSaturday, April 22, 2017
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser, USA

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Soundcheck Photo & Audience Review : Zoran Dukic, Classical Guitarist from Croatia

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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I greatly enjoyed Zoran Dukić’s recital last night. The audience reaction was phenomenal before he even started to play. I don’t ever remember applause that had a performer stand up a second time after a piece at the Westmoreland Church, and on at least four occasions at that! I would rate him among the top 2-3 guitarists who have played at the Church.

Dukić performed with sensitivity and was able to differentiate between melody line and accompanying voices which were much softer. I was particularly impressed where he let the sound of a single note slowly vanish at the end of one of his pieces—into thin air.

It was gratifying to be exposed to the music of Antonio José, both from Larry Snitzler’s excellent lecture and Dukić’s performance of José’s Sonata. Based on that, I’d place him among the best of Spanish composers. I was also impressed with the quality of Dukić’s choice of contemporary composers.

I have never been able to understand foreign artists when they speak at these concerts (except Berta Rojas) and have always thought that surtitles would alleviate the problem. (They have it at operas, why not guitar concerts?) But at least they had mikes. I was expecting an unintelligible foreign accent from Dukić but was pleasantly surprised when he spoke perfect American English! A mike would have helped. Judging from the laughter from the first six rows his humor was understood. Unfortunately I didn’t’ get it from row K.

It was an unforgettable evening.

– Bob Scharf

Ana Vidovic, Croatia, January 26, 2013

Ana Vidovic, Croatia

There was another full house on Saturday, January 26th at the first of the 2013 Marlow Series concerts and Ana Vidovic did not disappoint her attentive audience.

Attendees braved -30 degree temperatures to hear this vibrant talent serenade them with a program that included some of the all time favorites of the classical guitar repertoire. We were fortunate to have Ana back for her third appearance and it was easy to understand how she has claimed international awards such as The Fernando Sor and Francisco Tarrega Competitions when she featured their work on this concert’s list of little jewels. Her selections, too, prove how versatile she is at interpreting a range of styles from Baroque with J.S. Bach’s beautifully mastered BWV 998 to Walton’s Five Bagatelles composed for Julian Bream who commissioned them.

Ana gave us a refreshing order of composers by mixing up the periods a bit so we were not hearing a strict chronology of music. That kind of programming reminds us that, in whichever age an artist composes, fine music is timeless when tested against the backdrop of history.

Ana gave us Turina’s Op. 61 Sonata with its tonally mixed arpeggios, soft, delicate swells, and sensitive, oh so lovely, Andante preceding a rapidly articulated Allegro Vivo. Sor’s Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9 lightened the evening with sweetly, playful cat-and-mouse like runs chasing each other around the neck of the instrument. Tarrega’s pensive Recuerdos de la Alhambra was freshly conceived and brought the listeners forward as it faded to its pianissimo close. And, Albeniz’ Granada with its wonderful dynamic range followed by Asturias showed us how breathtaking this lady’s pianissimos can be.

The second half of the program began with J.S.Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998). As much as one can appreciate the mastery of Spanish composers of the guitar, one can never go wrong with the German J.S.B. The man’s a hands-down genius and hearing this piece so capably handled, even when the Allegro could easily run away with the performer, or vice-versa, was worth the evening alone.

Mangore’s La Catedral, a piece I’d never heard, had a nice ring to it with the opening notes sounding like high, bell tones which descend into the middle range of the instrument followed by a spiritually cast Andante, and ending with a terrific Allegro with arpeggios flying over a repeated drone so meticulously executed. Walton’s Five Bagatelles were the final work of the evening and I couldn’t help thinking of Satie’s Gymnopedies in the Lento with the Sempre espressivo’s quiet roaring after it like a locomotive forging on across an open plain.

We certainly do look forward to having Ana back again. There’s a reason why some performers return over the years, and this one demonstrated clearly why she’s a favorite.

Next concert: Saturday, February 16, 2013. Joao Paulo Figueiroa of Brazil. Please join us.

-Deborah Drayer

Silver Spring, MD