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.
I looked around for a second guitarist as Jorge Caballero played J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and I wondered how he would later bring out the orchestra in Pictures at an Exhibition. We were not disappointed.
We found out he was only eleven when he first attempted Kazuhiko Yamashita’s arrangement of Pictures and nineteen when he finally understood it enough to play and recorded it publically. Caballero intimated that the multifarious avant-garde sounds were best brought out using classical guitar techniques. Pictures at an Exhibition was a long piece that sounded very short, and he treated us to big orchestral sounds on just a six-string guitar!
Jorge Caballero – January 28, 2017
When one is in the presence of greatness, one should be aware of it. I was certainly so on Saturday evening in the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. From the moment Jorge Caballero sat down and composed himself to present an exquisite rendering of four pieces from the Iberia Suite by Albeniz, my understanding of the capacity of the acoustic guitar was forever altered. With an impassioned performance, Mr. Caballero perceptively communicated the poetic Evocation with its echoes of Spanish fandango and jota song forms. He moved with such ease into El Puerto, a fine Andalusian could have cantered in natural gait to its rhythms. And, El Albaicin and Malaga further bore us through the southern Spanish coast sharing its culture and images. Only absent was the fine wine and food to accompany these masterful pieces.
From J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903, the take away impression was simply stunning, stunning, stunning. To reduce a score written for an instrument with two manuals and five octaves each and impose it onto an instrument with just six strings is nothing less than insane. What’s even more insane is that it actually works, at least in the hands of Mr. Caballero whose command of his instrument is, I’m sure, the envy of many a performer eking out a career in this demanding profession. The rapid fire execution of scales and counterpoint might cause any keyboardist to permanently close the lid on their instrument; but, to conquer its fugal fingering on six strings, well, the only comparison is that both the harpsichord and acoustic guitar are plucked.
Intermission gave listeners time to recover from part one of the program, but nothing could have prepared us for part two. As one of only two guitarists in the world to have mastered Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on six strings, Mr. Caballero made Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue sound like Lesson Book I instruction. All that can be said is the man has skills — many, many gifts and even more skills to back up his inborn, natural ability. I wasn’t expecting to attend a guitar concert and hear all virtuoso compositions originally composed for the keyboard. Guitarists are renowned for their ability to interpret music written for other instruments, but this program presented us with some of the most difficult keyboard music one could tackle and yet there we were transfixed by not only the tremendous aptitude of this performer but by the amazing sound and dynamic of his playing. You would be amazed too, if you were to plug into the Marlow Series. Its reputation attracts the best guitarists this temporal world offers. What a gift to this community, unlike any other. And, Jorge Caballero confirmed for us Saturday just how fortunate we are to be on the receiving end of greatness.
Looking forward to hearing Antigoni Goni from Greece on February 25th at Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda.
A couple with season tickets gave their friends a pair of tickets to experience Rene Izquierdo’s performance and this is what they said after the concert:
Cuban Guitars Rock!
At least one of them truly does.
Rene Izquierdo performed a dazzling array of Cuban and European guitar compositions to a full house last evening at the Westmoreland UCC church. We loved every moment and thank you for the privilege of attending — in second row seats, no less.
Izquierdo introduced virtually every composition he played, providing his audience with helpful background. The printed program added more.
Izquierdo’s mastery of his instrument was notable throughout the evening,
sometimes sounding like a harp, sometimes a harpsichord, sometimes a
dulcimer or a viola. Amazing.
Thank you again,
Steve and Pat
Welcome to the picture gallery for the performance by Rene Izquierdo, classical guitarist from Cuba. This includes photos of the pre-concert lecture by Javier Ferias as well as the Meet-The-Artist Reception.
Where the acoustics happen…