Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents Celil Refik Kaya

January 16th, 2018 by bob No comments »

Sunday, February 11, 2018

3:00 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

Admission: General $25.00; PCGS Member $10.00 Student/Senior $15.00

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Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil Refik Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States, highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Boston Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Indiana International Guitar Compeition and Boston Guitar Competition. In 2017 He has been awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizettti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul.

“The Genesis of Fantasy” — Stanley Alexandrowicz at 1867 Sanctuary

January 16th, 2018 by bob No comments »
Saturday February 3rd @ 8:00 pm
1867 Sanctuary 
101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
Tel: 609-392-6409 or E-mail:
“The Genesis of Fantasy” — Internationally Acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz performs an evening of virtuoso guitar works spanning four centuries. Beginning with the masterful “Ouverture de la Grotte de Versailles (de Lully)” by Robert de Visee (court guitarist to Louis XIV), his program will feature masterworks by the 19th Century’s greatest composer-guitarists: Napoleon Coste (France), J. K. Mertz (Hungary), and Johann Dubez (Vienna). Contemporary compositions by some of America’s greatest living composers dominate the second half of the program, and include Ernst Bacon’s tuneful “Americana—Hymn-tune Suite,” Edward Green’s powerful “Genesis—Variations for Guitar,” Brian Fennelly’s urbane “Maverick Prelude and Tango,” and conclude with Eric Sessler’s fantasy-work “Bombadiliana” — based on Tolkien! 

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Presents Behdad Moghaddasi

January 3rd, 2018 by bob No comments »

Sunday, January 7, 3:00 p.m.

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia PA 19147

Admission: General,$25.00; PCGS Member, $10; Student/Senior, $15.00

Iranian guitarist and composer, Behdad Moghaddasi, is the former chair of the guitar program at Theran Azad University, before immigrating the United States in 2000. Mr. Moghaddasi is the first Iranian solo guitarist to ever step on stage with Iranian Symphony Orchestras to perform Concerto de Aranjuez. He has also performed several solo concerts throughout the United States Canada,Germany, and England. Mr. Moghaddasi has been hailed as an innovator when it comes to composing music for classical guitar.

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January Meeting

December 15th, 2017 by bob No comments »

The Annual Lasagna Meeting will be in Hopewell Borough at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018.

Newman-Oltman Guitar Duo Saturday, December 9, Christmas Pastorale 6:00pm

November 26th, 2017 by bob No comments »
A Christmas Pastorale:
600 Years of Carols, Chorales, 
Preludes, & Pastorales
featuring the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo
Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, guitars
Saturday, December 9, 2017
6:00 PM doors open for wine tasting (and ordering optional food plates and wine)
7:00 PM music begins
Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 Riegelsville – Warren Glen Road (Route 627)
Finesville (Riegelsville), New Jersey 08865
Seating is limited.  For ticket information visit:

December Meeting

November 20th, 2017 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the December 10 meeting in Wayne:

Anthony Campanella

  • Little Stone Rag — Patrick Molou
  • Flickering Firelight — Arthur Penn & Walter Jacobs
  • Jag Rag — Bernard Bigo


Kevin Lutke

  • Prelude & Variations — Kevin Lutke
  1. Prelude
  2. Variation I
  3. Variation II
  4. Variation III
  5. Finale
  • Untitled ( Kevin Lutke )


Gad Berger

  • Adelita — Tarrega
  • Jerusalem of Gold — Music and Lyrics by Naomi Shemer arr. by John H. Clarke
  • Cavetina — Stanley Meyers
  • Dreamcatcher — Mike Christiansen


Ming Chao

  • Fantasia No. 7 — John Dowland


Gary Lee, Candy Lee, & Roberta Wallis

  • Gesu Bambino — Pietro Yon, arr. Roberta Wallis


Gary Lee, guitar & Candace Lee, piano

  • The Last Song — Clarice Assad (arr. Lee)
  • Christmas Time is Here — Vince Guaraldi (arr. Lee)
  • Prayer — Frederic Hand


Jim Tosone

  • Hallelujah — Leonard Cohen, arr. Gad Berger
  • Georgia on My Mind — Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Jim Tosone
  • Fantasia No. 5 — Francesco da Milano


Robert & Irene Ey

  • The Holly and the Ivy — arr., Frederick Noad
  • All Through the Night — ‘’


Gary Lee

  • Lesley’s Song — Frederic Hand


Madison Holiday Arts Festival Presents Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz — November 24th and 25th!

November 12th, 2017 by bob No comments »
The Madison Holiday Arts Festival Presents Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz in two recitals performing “The Virtuoso Classical Guitar” — Romantic and Contemporary Virtuoso Masterpieces! Nineteenth Century Works from France, Italy, Croatia, and Vienna, will be followed Contemporary Compositions by some of America’s Greatest Living Composers!
The Formal Recital will be held the beautiful and “sonically wonderful” Grace Church (Saturday, November 25 at 3 PM), and the informal “Cafe Recital” will be presented at the Harvest Bistro (Friday, November 24 @ 1:30 PM)
Saturday, November 25 @ 3 PM 
Grace Episcopal Church – Madison, NJ
4 Madison Ave, Madison, New Jersey 07940
Friday, November 24 @ 1:30 PM
Harvest Bistro 
50 1/ 2 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940 
(973) 822-3644                                    
*(Parking Information Below)*
*Free Parking in the back lot off of Cook Avenue.  There’s a little walkway by Rocco’s Pizzeria which leads out to Main Street.  Make a left (walking) and Harvest Bistro is roughly six or seven storefronts down. 

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in concert with special guests

November 11th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Admission Free, no tickets required

Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, 4th Floor at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Ensemble-in-Residence, Mannes School of Music, College of Performing Arts at The New School

Concert featuring VERY special Mannes guest alumnae and students:

  •  Perri di Christina, mezzo-soprano
  •  Jingyi Hou, violin
  •  Yoonah Kim, clarinet
  •  Lu Liu, violin
  •  Boya Wei, soprano

 Music by

  • Astor Piazzolla
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Robert Schumann
  • Pablo de Sarasate
  • Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Gerardo Matos Rodríguez

Sharon Isbin, guitar with special guest Colin Davin, guitar at 92Y

November 8th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Tickets from $45

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Sharon Isbin’s dazzling technique and lyrical interpretations have made her one of the true masters of classical guitar. She returns to 92Y with a continent-hopping program including selections from Howard Shore’s gorgeous, evocative score for Martin Scorcese’s The Departed and a revisiting of Tan Dun’s Seven Desires for Guitar, with its captivating blend of Chinese and flamenco influences. Isbin gave the world premiere of the work — which Tan Dun composed for her — on the 92Y stage in 2002.

She will be joined by one of the classical guitar world’s rising stars, Colin Davin, who studied with Isbin at Juilliard, and who American Record Guide called “The real thing — a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination.”

The program will also include a selection of Spanish and Latin American classical guitar pieces, making for a concert sure to be filled with brilliance, color and rhythmic fire.

“The Virtuoso Classical Guitar” with Stanley Alexandrowicz

November 8th, 2017 by bob No comments »
Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will present a concert devoted to Romantic and Contemporary Virtuoso Masterpieces for the classical guitar. Nineteenth Century Virtuoso Guitar works from France, Italy, Croatia, and Vienna, will be followed by Contemporary Compositions by some of America’s Greatest Living Composers! 
(Works by Luigi Legnani, Napoleon Coste, Ivan Padovec, Johann Dubez, and Contemporary American Masters Kendall Kennison, Edward Green, Brian Fennelly, and Maestro Robert W. Butts!)
Thursday, November 30 @ 7:00 pm 
Lawrence Headquarters Branch MCL
2751 Brunswick Pike (Bus. Route One) 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 
609-989-6920 or e-mail: