Pepe Romero, Classical Guitarist, Spain

For the sixth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Pepe Romero (Spain) perform.

Performance: April 21, 2018, 8pm.
Tickets: MarlowGuitar.org

To call Pepe Romero a superb guitarist is to understate the case… Mr. Romero is an exceptional musician.
The New York Times

Celebrated worldwide for his dazzling virtuosity, compelling interpretations and flawless technique, concert guitarist Pepe Romero is constantly in demand for his recitals, performances with orchestra and with the world famous Los Romeros Quartet.

Born in 1944 in Malaga, Spain, Pepe Romero is the second son of “The Royal Family of the Guitar” – the Romeros. His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his only teacher. Mr. Romero’s first professional performance occurred in a shared concert with his father in Sevilla’s Teatro Lope de Vega when Pepe was seven years old. After relocating to America, Celedonio Romero formed the Romeros Quartet with his three sons: Celine, Pepe and Angel. Their many performances solidified them as the leading guitar ensemble in the world.

Although best known for his classical guitar performances, Mr. Romero’s passion for the traditional flamenco music of Andalucia has never wavered. His first recording, ‘Flamenco Fenomeno’ for Contemporary Records, was made when he was only 15. Since then, Mr. Romero has made more than 50 recordings among which are over 20 concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in–the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Mariner and Iona Brown, as well as collaborations with numerous renowned artists and ensembles.

Pepe Romero holds an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. In June 1996, he received the “Premio Andalucia de Musica” the highest recognition given by his native land for his contributions to the arts. In February 2000, King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Mr. Romero and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Catolica”. The following year “Los Romeros: Royal Family of the Guitar,” a biographical documentary was made by PBS Television.

Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music on April 21, 2018, 8pm. Get tickets here: marlowguitar.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Jonathan Palevsky

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. (more at link)

Audience Reflections: Margarita Escarpa, Classical Guitarist from SPAIN

ME_Med_SQMargarita Escarpa performance March 18, 2017

by Deborah Drayer

The John E. Marlow Series had nearly a full house on Saturday as Margarita Escarpa graced Westmoreland Congregational Church with its magnificent acoustics and a program of Spanish and Mexican music punctuated by Wolfgang Lendle’ stunning take on Caprice No.24 by Paganini. We often hear Spanish music from guitarists of varying nationalities, but hearing it direct from this genuinely accomplished Spaniard was an extra special treat. While many of us are more familiar with the likes of Rodrigo, Albeniz, Ponce, Tarrega and Piazzolla however, it was the Variations Capricieuses d’apres Paganini that demanded the most technically of Margarita even as some variations leaned into the humorous for effect.

The Lendle Paganini arranges the original thematic material for solo violin for the modern acoustic guitar, introducing fingering Paganini himself might have found challenging had he been a guitarist. Scales and arpeggios fly off the strings with enormous effect but only if both of the artist’s hands are up to it. Fortunately for the assembled, Ms. Escarpa had no difficulty meeting the challenge and any less calloused player would have walked away with a box of band aids in their pockets. But, Margarita needed no first aid and came back for the second half of the program with fingertips intact and serenaded us with habaneras and tangos by Tarrega, Sainz de la Maza and Piazzolla, as well as Ponce’s now rarely performed Variations sur “Folia de Espanaet Fuge.

Margarita was the last of our classical guitarists on this season’s program but Billy Novick and Guy Van Duser will end the season on an upbeat swing-jazz note you won’t want to miss. So make a calendar note for April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at WCC on the Westmoreland Circle.

Minor edits provided by ICM.

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: marlowguitar.org
Music Clip: http://marlowguitar.org/Season23/Music/Escarpa.wav
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!

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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: marlowguitar.org and listen to music clip samples.

jv_med_sqJason Vieaux, USA
Saturday, October 22, 2016
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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ri_med_sqRene Izquierdo, CUBA
Saturday, November 19, 2016
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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zd_med_sqZoran Dukic, CROATIA
Saturday, January 28, 2017
8pm

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
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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me_med_sqMargarita Escarpa, SPAIN
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

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bg_med_sqSaturday, April 22, 2017
8pm

Westmoreland Congregational Church
1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816

Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser, USA

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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

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