Photo Gallery: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist, SPAIN

Photos from the Margarita Escarpa performance, Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The venue
Amanie Oubrahim, 2017 Beatty Music CompetitionGrand Prize winner : Sound Check
Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from Spain, Sound check
Pre-Concert Lecture: Esperanza Berroco
Esperanza Berroco
Amy Crews Cutts, Executive Director of the Beatty Competition
Amy Crews Cutts wins the Guitar Raffle (guitar from Brian Litz)

From the Meet-The-Artist Reception:

Education and Outreach Director, Joao Figueiroa, Founder, Tim Healy, Margarita Escarpa, BOD Emeritus, Susan Healy, Artistic Director, Danielle Cumming

Margarita Escarpa, SPAIN: March 18, 2017 8pm

me_med_sqSpanish guitarist Margarita Escarpa, a Marlow audience favorite, celebrates her Marlow return with a special program of Spanish and Mexican repertoire.

A winner of international competitions, Margarita combines impressive technique with warm interpretation and musicality.

“ … Escarpa held the audience under her seductive and bewitching spell. She indeed is a musical sorceress.”
The Tribune, Salt Lake City

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ
1 Westmoreland Circle,
Bethesda, MD 20816

Season Tickets available now:
Music Clip:
Individual Tickets will go on sale Thursday, September 15, 2016.

— We can’t wait. Hope to see you there. —
photo supplied by artist

Sponsored by Duane Morse

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


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: and listen to music clip samples.

jv_med_sqJason Vieaux, USA
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Get your Season Tickets Here




ri_med_sqRene Izquierdo, CUBA
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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zd_med_sqZoran Dukic, CROATIA
Saturday, January 28, 2017

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

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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me_med_sqMargarita Escarpa, SPAIN
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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bg_med_sqSaturday, April 22, 2017

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser, USA

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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

©℗  2013 The International Conservatory of Music