A Christmas Pastorale Concert with Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

December 4th, 2016 by bob No comments »


Join us for a Special Holiday Concert Encore Performance!

A Christmas Pastorale:

600 Years of Carols, Chorales,

Preludes, & Pastorales


featuring the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, guitars


Saturday, December 10, 2016

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:  www.VillaMilagroVineyards.com

Stanley Alexandrowicz – Thanksgiving Weekend Guitar Recitals

November 24th, 2016 by bob No comments »

Friday November 25 at 2:00 PM

Saturday November 26 at 4:15 PM

Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., (Route 124)

Madison, New Jersey 07940


 Please join me this Holiday Weekend in Madison NJ, for two concerts featuring the Lovely, Thrilling, Inventive, and Virtuosic music of Internationally Renowned Composer-Conductor Maestro Robert W. Butts! I will be performing his Most Beautiful “Early Morning Suite“ (directly after its highly successful Italian Premiere earlier this month on my Italian tour with “Soprano Extraordinaire” Dominika Zamara!), and other works. Also featured will be vocal selections form Maestro Butts’ operas: “Wilde’s Wild West, Cask of Amontillado, Gesualdo, Mark Twain & The General, and West of the Acropolis. A Great way to celebrate your Thanksgiving, and our “Thanksgiving for Great American Music!”

December Meeting

November 22nd, 2016 by bob No comments »

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 p.m. in Warren.

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Professional Members Concert

November 21st, 2016 by bob No comments »
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 PM
  • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA
  • General Admission — $25; PCGS members — free; Student/Senior –$15.00.

Tickets will be available at the door.


 Acknowledging and appreciating the artists that live in our vicinity is essential to ensuring the longevity of all fields of the arts. The arts flourish not just in distant havens such as Paris, New York, or Tokyo, but also in the homes of our neighbors in Philadelphia. Our talented membership includes guitar builders, composers, instructors, professional performers, and college professors. This annual concert is our homage to the many talented members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

We invite you to join us for the concert and stay for our post concert Holiday Party where you can meet other members and local artists and celebrate the holiday season.

Featuring performances by: Penn-Hanrahan Duo (John Penn & Dan Hanrahan); Jim Hontz; Philip Smith; Matthew Lavanish; Dulcet Guitar Duo (Alex Pollock & Caroline Ck); PCGS Concert Ensemble; Keith Calmes; Kevin J. Cope; Gillead Trio; Brendan Evans



Philadelpha Classical Guitar Society presents Frank A. Wallace November 6

November 4th, 2016 by bob No comments »
The Philadelpha Classical Guitar Society is thrilled to be presenting the phenomenal guitarist and performer Frank A. Wallace this coming Sunday at 3pm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Settlement Music School at our second concert for our 50th Anniversary Season. Frank will be presenting this concert on three fantastic Spanish guitars (Gutierrez, Ramirez, Fleta) with music appropriate to each instrument plus several of his own compositions. We hope to see you there!
More info for our 50th Anniversary Season:
This extraordinary 1910 Manuel Ramirez guitar is featured in concerts and the new CD by Frank Wallace, Four Extraordinary Spanish Guitars: Homenaje a Tárrega by Turina on 1910 Manuel Ramirez guitar

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo Join Famed Folksingers in Concert

October 30th, 2016 by bob No comments »

Celebrate Veterans Day With A Special Sunday Afternoon Concert Featuring:

Sally Rogers And Claudia Schmidt
And Special Guests
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

   Rounder Records and Red House Records recording artists Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt, two of America’s favorite singer-songwriter-story tellers, will join together and bring their musical magic that delights listeners of all ages to the rural Hunterdon countryside at historic Bethlehem Presbyterian Church near Pittstown, New Jersey.

   Both Sally and Claudia have been featured on public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and have been heard at festivals throughout the world.

  Renowned classical guitarists Laura Oltman and Michael Newman will join Sally and Claudia for “Ashokan Farewell” (theme from the Civil War TV series), along with other musical selections to honor America’s veterans.  All the musicians have received awards and recognition for their musical work with children.

   All audience members are invited to a reception to meet the performers following the concert.  Bethlehem Presbyterian Church’s facilities are fully accessible, with a ramp and an elevator.

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 PM

Bethlehem Presbyterian Church

2 Race Street, Pittstown, NJ  08867

Tickets $20; Veterans $10; Students FREE

Information and Tickets: http://www.raritanrivermusic.org/

Stanley Alexandrowicz Concert in Lambertville, October 22

October 19th, 2016 by bob No comments »

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Please join me on Saturday October 22 for my program “Romantic and Contemporary Masters” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lambertville NJ. My recital will feature virtuoso guitar works by 19th Century master guitarist-composers Ivan Padovec, J.K. Mertz, Luigi Legnani, Johann Dubez, and Contemporary compositions by today’s master-composers: Maestro Robert W. Butts, Paul Wilkinson, Kendall Kennison, and Ernst Bacon. Two premieres highlight the program: the NJ Premiere of British composer Paul Wilkinson’s poignant and atmospheric “A Walk on Fort Island,” and the NJ Premiere of Baltimore composer Kendall Kennison’s  phantasmagorical “Guitar Sonata #1”.  “Composer Emeritus” Robert W. Butts’ beautiful and virtuosic “Early Morning Suite” —which will bring the concert to a rousing finale!

Dr. Stanley W. Alexandrowicz – Classical Guitarist

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7:30 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
50 York St, Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-2425

November Meeting

October 17th, 2016 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the November 13 meeting in Wayne:

Jim Tosone

  • Impromptus 3 and 4 – Richard Rodney Bennett

Ming Chao

  • Love light In My Heart – H. M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, arr. Frederic Hand
  • L’Hymne A L’Amour – Marguerite Monnot/Edith Piaf, arr. Roland Dyens
  • Agua e Vinho – Egberto Gismonti, arr. Daniel Wolff

Dane Christopher Wagner

  • Danza del Altiplano – Leo Brouwer
  • Rumores de la Caleta – Isaac Albeniz

David Graessle

  • Julia Florida – Agustin Barrios Mangore
  • Fandaguillo – Joaquin Turina

Gary Lee

  • Sonata No. 37: Prelude, Allemande and Courante – Silvius Leopold Weiss, trans. Gary Lee

Jeff Griesemer

  • Gymnopidie I – Erik Satie
  • Georgia On My Mind – Hoagie Carmichael, arr. Richard Drueding/Jeff Griesemer
  • Sonata K. 69 – Domenico Scarlatti

Robert Ey

  • Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d’oro vedi che per ti moro – Chilesotti
  • Bianco fiore – “
  • Liverpool Handy – Gordon Bok

NYCCGS presents Marcin Dylla

October 13th, 2016 by bob No comments »

This Friday: Marcin Dylla in Concert

“Among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” — The Washington Post

Friday October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm
Symphony Space
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Tickets: $30 / $25 for students, seniors, and NYCCGS members. Join now.


Members: Enter your discount code on the ticketing page and choose the member pricing.
Box office fees apply.

GIULIANI Sonata in C Major, Op. 15
VILLA-LOBOS Five Preludes
SIERRA Sonata para guitarra
PONCE Theme, Variations and Fugue on “Folia de España”
BRITTEN Nocturnal, Op. 70

Rupert Boyd Recording Project

October 13th, 2016 by bob No comments »

Dear Friends:


Laura and I are very excited to go into the studio in two weeks time to record our debut album together as Boyd Meets Girl. Thank you to all the donors who have already made a contribution to this project. We have raised over 50% of the costs, but still need to raise the remainder of the funds. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and we would be most appreciative of contributions of any size (and as they say in the busking world, it doesn’t matter if you donate a little or a lot, so you may as well donate a lot…). This is a very special project for us, and we thank you in advance for considering to help make it a reality.

TO DONATE:  http://www.boydmeetsgirlduo.com/donate.html


My album Fantasías has continued to receive media attention. While Soundboard described the variety and order of the repertoire as “peculiar in the extreme”, American Record Guide called the album “a delightful program of rarely heard works, beautifully performed and arranged in a truly satisfying order”. If anyone has had a chance to listen to the full album, and has any thoughts, I’d love to know what you think.

The album is available for downloadstreaming, and in physical CD format here:http://www.rupertboyd.com/Fantasias.html

All best wishes for the Fall (north) // Spring (south),

Rupert Boyd