A slight name change…

Dear friends,

You may have heard this already through email or on Facebook or Twitter, but we just wanted to share our decision, again, to let you know we have changed what we call the name of the umbrella organization, the International Conservatory of Music, to:

Marlow Guitar International

The organization has grown a bit and plans to grow a little further, although our mission remains the same as before: Creating Community Through Music : Drawing people together for entertainment, education, and inspiration.

Our logos:

Marlow Guitar International for print
Marlow Guitar International for            social media

All of our individual programs remain the same.

What will happen to the International Conservatory of Music name? Since it does have a history all of its own, Tim Healy will retain the name and may revive it for a project of his own.

[Guest Review] Classical Guitarist, XueFei Yang, China – February 20, 2016

XueFei Yang graced us with her refined sense of style and technique last night for a third performance on the Marlow Series in just five short years. It’s not often we’re visited with such frequency by one performer, but a couple come to mind: Pepe Romero and David Russell, so she’s in excellent, established company on the one to ten scale – and, there’s good reason for it.

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XueFei Yang graced us with her refined sense of style and technique last night for a third performance on the Marlow Series in just five short years. It’s not often we’re visited with such frequency by one performer, but a couple come to mind: Pepe Romero and David Russell, so she’s in excellent, established company on the one to ten scale – and, there’s good reason for it.

I have said before, I will do so again, the international flavor the Marlow series offers provides a steady glimpse into the culture and history of our interconnected world with artists who share their treasures and introduce us to the infinite range of human expression. When Ms. Yang altered the order of her program to ensure her native Chinese heritage did not stand on its own after intermission, it was an illuminating call. There’s clearly a lot more that shines on the classical guitar than the usual mix of Spanish and Latin American composers – like the Welsh composer, yes, I said Welsh, Stephen Goss’ carefully crafted interpretations of the Book of Songs based on ancient Chinese poetry (a tall task for a non-native). Of the six Songs composed out of a universe of 305 poems, the sweetest was Ms. Yang’s admitted favorite, “Pastoral”, with its “wind blowing in the long grass and trees.” There’s something perfect about the pentatonic influence with which Chinese traditional music is infused. Renaissance composers loved the perfection of the perfect fifth and treated it with great reverence, but its influence came from the Far East. You can’t write traditional Chinese music without the pentatonic scale and this Welshman employed it admirably throughout these lovely pieces. This music is well suited for the guitar which sounds more like an Asian instrument then a western one when plucked as sensitively as rendered by Ms. Yang.

Debussy’s La Fille aux Cheveaux de Lin arranged by Julian Bream appropriately followed the Book of Songs hinting at the chinoiserie of Claude’s evolving psyche and by the time de Falla’s Homenaje, pour le tombeau de Debussy brought the first half of the program to a close, Ms. Yang had once again demonstrated how remarkably her delicate digits slide over the frets from one culture to another without a fumble. Both composers would have been impressed.

Granados opened the second half of the concert with Valses Poeticos arranged by Ms. Yang. Granados was not a composer of music for the guitar so if you want to know what this opus should sound like, you might be interested in listening to a recording by Alicia de Larrocha whose passionate playing defines this delightful and alternatingly sentimental work with the fullness it demands. Listen to Alicia and you’ll wonder how anyone else could manage it so well. It’s a difficult one to translate but it was done so with great accomplishment and nerve by Ms. Yang.

The Chinese traditional music was my personal fav on last night’s program. There’s nothing quite as tranquil as listening to the cascading chords of a waterfall in an enchanting garden. This is what it felt like listening to this fluid work as quick and complex as they get but done with the ease of a true professional — so effortless, yet so difficult and astutely realized. Ms. Yang is truly a cut above and the season’s not even over yet!

David Russell on March 12 needs no introduction, so purchase your tickets now, they won’t last long and join us for another remarkable evening unlike any other around this town.

Deborah Drayer

Photos: XueFei Yang, China – February 20, 2016

Sound check!

 


Pre-Concert Lecture with Professor Larry Snitzler



Intermission: Door Prize Give-Away and Guitar Raffle



Meet-The-Artist wine and cheese Reception
 

  





A great Saturday night!

Outreach: Classical Guitarist from Taiwan, Chia-Wei Lin at James Blake High School, Silver Spring, MD

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On November 24, 2015, Chia-Wei Lin performed for students at James Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD as part of our Visiting Artist at School Program.

This program was developed to enhance music education and increase awareness of classical guitar by bringing the very best guitarists to schools in our area.  Chia-Wei Lin performed pieces by Johann Kaspar Mertz and Marek Pasieczny, shared his experience as a young classical guitarist performing in many different countries and told personal stories about his life growing up in Taiwan.

The students were part of electric guitar class, and never had heard a world class guitar player performing so close. The music director enjoyed very much and offered for next time the possibility  to organize a bigger meeting in the main auditorium with all the performing arts students from the school.

Joao Figueiroa

 

Outreach: Marco Socias, Classical Guitarist from Spain – Hagerstown, MD

On Friday October 23, 2015, internationally renowned guitarist Marco Socias visited the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he shared stories and played selections from Spanish guitar repertoire for over 100 attentive students. The mission of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is to provide every student with a rigorous, comprehensive, college preparatory curriculum rooted in intense, pre-professional training in the arts that encourages excellence and success in their personal development as students, artists and cultural leaders. 1

Mr. Socias’ visit supported this mission by showcasing a world-class level of classical guitar performance to an audience of students from various arts disciplines. He shared his expertise about effective practice habits,discussed his lifestyle and extensive travels as a professional performing artist,and offered the opportunity for high school students to engage in a session of questions and answers. In addition to his remarkable musicianship, Mr. Socias’ warm personality and enthusiasm contributed to the positive response from the students, faculty and administration in attendance. For at least one pupil majoring in guitar studies, Mr. Socias’ performance was her first experience hearing live, classical guitar outside of the practice room.

Candice Mowbray

1 Retrieved from http://wcpsmd.com/schools/high-schools/barbara-ingram-school-arts/about, December 9, 2015.

http://wcpsmd.com/news/bisfa-welcome-classical-guitarist-spain

Master Class: Pepe Romero, Spain

The John E. Marlow Guitar Series’s Outreach Coordinator, João Figueirôa, offered a Master Class with Pepe Romero, Spain, February 22, 2015. Thanks to our friends at the Chevy Chase Village Town Hall, Pepe Romero worked with seven students and many enrapt auditors.

All photos taken by João Figueirôa.

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa

Pepe Romero Master Class - Photo: Joao Figueiroa