Pre-Concert Speaker: Jonathan Palevsky

— Jonathan Palevsky will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Pepe Romero performance, April 21st, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. On WBJC he is the host of the WBJC Opera preview, the music review program Face the Music, Music in Maryland, and is co-host of Word on Wine.

His current off air obsessions include skiing, playing guitar and being the host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. In May, Jonathan and WBJC on-air personality and Operations Manager Kati Harrison celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Seth Kibel

— Seth Kibel will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Rhythm Future Quartet performance, March 24, 2018 at 8pm.  Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org  —

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Alexandria Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.

Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, No Words — Instrumental Jazz & Klezmer by Seth Kibel, was released in 2015 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. One song from that album, “New Waltz,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).

 

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Candice Mowbray

— Dr. Candice Mowbray will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Lukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance, February 24, 2018, 8pm.  Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org  —

MowbrayPromoStripes_BW Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in music by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor’s Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.

Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Dr. Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Kreykenbohm Lecture Series and Maryland Symphony Orchestra “Let’s Talk Music” Series. She has been a featured soloist with the National String Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Satori Chamber Ensemble and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two dedicated arrangements.

A sought-after collaborator, Mowbray is highly active as a chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing in The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.

Mowbray was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine’s, “Letter from New York” and her lectures have been described as “enthusiastic” and “insightful” in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call. Her recent solo CD, ‘Reverie’, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured on radio shows such as The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album features an evocative program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions including rarely recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Private lessons with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas, greatly informed her playing. Also influential were lessons and masterclasses with many distinguished performing artists including Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol, Victor Villadangos and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys writing about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to Maryland” in Bravo! Magazine.

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Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Matt Dunlap

— Dr. Dunlap will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Ana Vidovic’s performance, January 20, 2018. —

Dunlap Head shot 2017_BW_sm Dr. Matthew Dunlap began playing the guitar at the age of ten. He completed his BM in guitar performance at Kennesaw State University, MM in guitar performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a DM in guitar performance at Florida State University where he was a Teaching Assistant to Bruce Holzman from 2003-2005.

During the summers of 2004 and 2005, he studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with world renowned guitar pedagogue, Oscar Ghiglia.

He has received numerous awards including 1st prize in the graduate division of the 2000 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship, Peabody Merit Scholarship in 2000, 1st prize in the 2003 Florida MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, a Top Prize at the 2003 Columbus Guitar Symposium, and in October of 2004 he received the Promising Artist of the 21st Century Award from Florida State University. He has performed concerts and conducted masterclasses in Italy, Costa Rica, Canada and numerous venues in the US.

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. His duties have included teaching class guitar, guitar
ensemble, guitar literature, and applied lessons. He has received multiple awards for
teaching and leadership through his tenure as an educator including being a finalist for
teacher of the year, recipient of the Loudoun County Excellence in Education Award, the
Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, and the Tuscarora High School Diamond award for
Excellence.

Dr. Dunlap has been the director of the Tuscarora Guitar Program since it was
established in 2010. His students have participated in workshops and masterclasses with
the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Canadian Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic, Marco Tamayo,
Julian Gray, Leo Welch, and Jason Vieaux.

In the Spring of 2014 they were featured in the Yale University Guitar Extravaganza and the Peabody Preparatory Fret Festival. The following school year they performed with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at the Washington College Guitar Festival.

Pre-Concert Speaker, Hart Wells

Hart Wells

— Hart Wells will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Meng Su’s performance, November 18, 2017. —

Originally from Kings Mountain, NC, William Hart Wells’ initial classical guitar studies were under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University. A North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholarship recipient, Wells graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor’s in Music Education and began teaching K-5 general music at Granite Falls Elementary School in Granite Falls, NC and directing the guitar program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, NC.

In 2004, Wells accepted a teaching position with Loudoun County Public Schools and has since served as the Director of Guitar for Potomac Falls High School (PFHS) in Sterling, VA. With an annual enrollment of approx. 120 guitar students, the program at PFHS continues to be at the forefront of pre-college guitar education.

In 2013, Wells completed his Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying under the direction of Dr. Glenn Caluda. Mr. Wells has performed in masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Eduardo Fernandez, Jason Vieaux, Bruce Holzman, Julian Gray, Matteo Mela, Stanley Yates, Raphaella Smits, Andrew Zohn, among others. In 2015, Mr. Wells appeared on a cd produced by Les Productions d’Oz celebrating the solo and ensemble compositions
of noted performer, educator, and composer, Miroslav Loncar. Wells recorded the composition entitled “Lullaby with Variations” that he commissioned from the composer in late 2012.

Mr. Wells also is an active member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Virginia Music Educator Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Aguado Guitar Concerts of Sterling, VA.

Pre-Concert Speaker, Bryan McCann

Bryan McCann

— Bryan McCann ,speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk at the Richard Miller performance, October 21, 2017. —

Bryan McCann is Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. His books include Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (Duke, 2004) and Hard Times in the Marvelous City: From Dictatorship to Democracy in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Duke, 2014). He has written extensively about Brazilian music, particularly the samba and choro traditions of Rio de Janeiro.

This immersive weekend – February 25, 2017

Can we rename this weekend February Classical Guitar Immersion weekend?

For classical guitar students and musical aficionados of any age, this weekend is reaching immersion-style proportions, would you agree? Also a great environment for those planning on competing in the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in March, eh?

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 Master Class @ 6pm
(Free for listeners. Auditors are pre-selected.)

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Master Class with Antigoni Goni, classical guitarist from Greece.

With Levine Music, Silver Spring Campus
Silver Spring Public Library
900 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 @ 4pm

Loudoun Youth Guitars @ 4pm Twinbrook Public Library. Free for listeners.
Twinbrook Public Library
202 Meadow Hall Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

Direct from Twinbrook Library website:

“Do you enjoy music? Do you love guitars? Loudoun Youth Guitars, formed by talented guitar students from middle to high schools in Loudoun County, will perform pieces from classical to contemporary composers like Handel, Vivaldi, Bizet and Chick Corea.

Conducted by Dr. Miroslav Loncar, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Croatian Embassy, the National Institutes of Health, the Composer Society of Montgomery County, Loudoun County Public Libraries, Salisbury University, Shepherd University, and other venues.”

More info: http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=112358


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 7pm

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Pre-Concert Lecture by Candice Mowbray (included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8pm

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Classical Guitarist, Antigoni Goni, from Greece
(Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 after the concert

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Meet-The-Artist Reception with Antigoni Goni
(included in your Antigoni Goni concert ticket: Get your ticket here: marlowguitar.org)

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Bring your purchased CD or concert program to have it signed by Antigoni. Feel free to share your impressions of her performance and ask questions if you have them.

We encourage you to share! Bring friends or family.

Hope to see you at any or all of these! If you take pictures, tag us on Twitter @marlowguitar or @intlcmusic or Facebook and we’ll share!