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.


Photos: Classical Guitarist Marco Socias, Spain

Spanish guitarist Marco Socías endeared himself to the John E. Marlow Guitar audience in 2012 with a flawless concert featuring beautiful renditions of Spanish compositions. We welcomed back this remarkable artist in November.

“Marco Socías’ music breathes sweetness and sensitivity. His easy command makes the public forget the traditional difficulties of the instrument. Marco Socías is not a guitar virtuoso. He is even more: a virtuoso of music itself.”
El Sol

Gift Ideas: Tim Healy mentions these classical guitar CDs

In response to a query from Anne Midgette, [The Washington Post blog, “Classical Beat”], “Gift list: What does a person who “likes classical music” really like?”, Tim Healy replies:

“Hi Anne,

If you can figure out what it means to listen to classical music, you will go to the head of the class.

Classical means to some the music around the time of Mozart in the “classical time.” Or it might mean “I appreciate the finer things but can’t articulate it any better than in general terms.”  Or it might mean “I appreciate whatever wallpaper music I hear that doesn’t have words.”  (…recognizing that commercial music producers are looking at a kind of Pavlovian marketing that suggests that people tend to groove to music in a particular key and at a particular wave range.)

I have read that Muzak and others re-score and replay a lot of elevator and supermarket music to reflect that tonality, usually one octave higher than the music was generally written.) Possibly this is paranoia, memo to check Snopes hoax.

Anyway, we (ICM: The John E. Marlow Guitar Series) get a fair number of guitar CDs ourselves and listen to many of them each season for our artistic selection committee.

We have recently enjoyed John Feeley’s CD of “The Immigrant’s Song” presenting classical guitar music arrangements of works mentioned in the writings of James Joyce (catching both the literary and the musical in the same cd), a new CD by the Duo Amaral called, “Textura”, a CD called “Merengue” by Grammy nominated Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and an old two CD set by Roland Dyens called, “Chanson francaises, volumes 1 and 2” which feature Roland’s delightful arrangements of music made famous by Edith Piaf, and other great French contemporary Trouveres.

If these don’t thrill the 30 year old who loves classical music, she could sample 18 different cuts of music we have produced this year taken live from our classical guitar series, in the CD topically called, “Marlow Guitar Series Favorites” including performances by Carlos Perez (Chile) Marco Socias (Spain), Ana Vidovic (Croatia) Margarita Escarpa (Spain) and many others.  Or she may be way more profound than I am giving her credit for.

Thanks for the opportunity to share.”

– A note: These are just some suggestions of CDs by Tim Healy, selected in order to answer the question (see the original blog post for the specific two-part question). There are, of course, many more wonderful classical music CDs, the entirety of which are not possible to mention here.

NEW: Marlow Guitar Series Favorites CD

JEMGS_CDPoster2.inddMarlow Guitar Series Favorites CD

“Fresh off the presses and still warm” as they say, the CDs had been delivered to us by their project manager and International Conservatory of Music Board Member Duane Morse just minutes before audience members began to arrive. If you  attended the March 16th, 2013 David Russell concert and wandered by our packed CD & Raffle Ticket table, you may have seen either our poster or the actual Marlow Guitar Series Favorites CD.

Thanks to the help of our volunteers, Debbie and Patrick Mezzetta, who manage the CD & Raffle Ticket table, we made the CDs available to the public for the first time. Many in our audience took advantage of it.

Thanks to our first buyer, who purchased one even before the CDs had arrived at the venue!

The CD features recordings of a selection of artists that have performed for the John E. Marlow Guitar Series over the years. It is a celebration of the wonderful performances that we have had. We are happy to share them with you.

This CD is available for sale at future concerts. We have one left this season, April 13, 2013.

An excerpt from the Introduction inside the booklet: 

Now in its 19th season, the John E. Marlow Guitar Series is the Washington, D.C. area’s premier presenter of the classical guitar in all of its facets.  This CD features some of our favorite performers from the series, with particular emphasis on up-and-coming artists.  All of them have graciously allowed us to include these recordings of their performances to help promote and raise funds to continue the Marlow Guitar Series.   We thank them for their support and ask that you, the listener, respect their generosity by not making or distributing unauthorized copies of this CD or these performances.

Track List:

1.     John Marlow (5:01):  Prelude from Violin Sonata No. 1 (J.S. Bach) (1-22-75)

2.     Ana Vidovic (3:39):  Allegro from Sonatina (Torroba) (11-22-03)

3.     Duo Amaral (4:11):  Suplica from Saggio (Amaral) (1-21-12)

4.     Marco Socias (3:00):  Tonadilla from Three Spanish Pieces (Pujol) (11-10-12)

5.     Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick (5:11):  Wolverine Blues (Morton) (2-24-07)

6.     Frank Vignola (The Frank & Joe Show) (3:24):  Stardust (Carmichael) (5-6-05)

7.     Mark Ashford (5:20):  Capricorn (Dyens) (3-19-11)

8.     Yuri Liberzon (4:04):  Allegro from Sonata Op. 61 (Turina) (2-19-11)

9.     Ricardo Marlow (4:26):  Mi Copita de Jerez (Tanguillo) (1-25-02)

10.  Frank Vignola & Hot Club USA (6:39):  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Fields & McHue) (3-16-02)

11.  Pearl Django (2:59):  The Conversation (Leppanen) (4-24-10)*

12.  Margarita Escarpa (4:55):  Tristorosa (Villa-Lobos) (3-28-09)

13.  Carlos Pérez (2:44): Maria Carolina (Lauro) (10-23-10)

14.  Rupert Boyd (4:32):  Torre Bermeja from Piezas Characteristicas (Albeniz) (1-30-10)

15.  Roland Dyens (3:36):  Take the “A” Train (Strayhorn & Ellington) (10-19-02)

16.  George Vassilev (3:59):  Cantabile from Suite for Guitar “Koyunbaba,” Op. 19 (Domeniconi) (11-20-04)

17.  Anabel Montesinos & Marco Tamayo (3:56): The Fool on the Hill (Lennon & McCartney, arr. Brouwer) (11-17-07)

18.  Cem Duruöz (4:54):  Milonga del Angel (Piazzolla) (2-21-09)

*Studio recording

Total running time:  76:34

The John E. Marlow Guitar Series is presented by The International Conservatory of Music, a Section 501(c)(3) organization,
7001 Delaware St. Chevy Chase, MD 20815  www.marlowguitar.org

©℗  2013 The International Conservatory of Music

Marco Socias, November 10, 2012

“A delight;” one word may mean little if it was mine describing the artistry of Marco Socias.

But it was Joaquin Rodrigo who spoke it. The famous composer’s succinct admiration for his fellow Spanish guitarist was confirmed by a full house audience on November 10th, 2012 at the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ.

Socias’ interpreted a program which demonstrated his mastery of the classical guitar. Having been born in Venezuela,  his encore,  “El Marabino,” (Antonio Lauro) elicited deep emotions from me. All in all, I hope Marco Socias returns in the not too distant future.

Gonzalo T. Palacios, Ph.D.




In the days to come, we will post a few pictures from both performances of Roland Dyens, France (L) and Marco Socias, Spain (R). In the meantime, please see what we have available on the John E. Marlow Guitar Series Facebook Page.

Music Clip: Marco Socias, Spain

Music Clip: Marco Socias, Spain – Performing on November 10th at 8pm.

Listen to a music clip for Marco Socias, performing Saturday, November 10, 2012