Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents Sharon Isbin

January 18th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Sharon Isbin. Sponsored by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation-Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3PM. $49-39-29

Purchase tickets at or by calling bergenPAC’s Box Office at 201.227.1030.

Sharon Isbin

Acclaimed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” multiple Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls. Winner of the Toronto, Madrid and Munich Competitions, Germany’s Echo Klassik and Guitar Player’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, she has been artistic director/soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and NPR. A frequent guest on All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion, she has been on the cover of over 45 magazines, profiled on CBS Sunday, and featured soloist in Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed. On September 11, 2002, Ms. Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial, at the White House by invitation of President Obama in 2009, and was the only classical artist to perform in the 2010 Grammy Awards. Her PBS television performances include the Billy Joel Gershwin Prize, Tavis Smiley, and the acclaimed one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations across the US and winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award.

Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings—from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion – reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest releases, Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions with rock/jazz guests Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo, have been #1 bestsellers on  Her 2010 Grammy-winning Journey to the New World with guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor spent 63 consecutive weeks on top Billboard charts. She received a Latin Grammy nomination for her Rodrigo Aranjuez disc of concertos with the New York Philharmonic, their only guitar recording.   Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Her American Landscapes is the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti and features works written for her by John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner and Lukas Foss.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Isbin has performed with the Emerson String Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guitar Summit tour with jazz greats Herb Ellis, Stanley Jordan and Michael Hedges, trio recordings with Larry Coryell and Laurindo Almeida, and duo recordings with Carlos Barbosa-Lima. She collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim, and has shared the stage with luminaries from Sting to Aretha Franklin.

Recent highlights include premieres of a concerto written for her by Chris Brubeck and a co-commission by Carnegie Hall for their 125th anniversary and Chicago’s Harris Theater, a 21-city Guitar Passions tour, and tours with opera star Isabel Leonard. Sharon Isbin began guitar studies at nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia and Rosalyn Tureck with whom she collaborated in publishing and recording first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar. She authored the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and directs guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School, which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history.

30 North Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030


25th Annual Long Island Guitar Festival, April 2- 9, 2017 at Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall, LIU Post

January 17th, 2017 by bob No comments »

April 2- 9, 2017 at Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall. LIU Post, Brookville.

Scheduled Performers include: David Leisner, Huy Thanh Nguyen, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Gohar Vardanyan, the Saigon Guitar Quartet and VIDA Guitar Quartet. Scheduled Showcase performers include Arvo Duo (Joenne Dumitrascu, violin and Ming-Jui Liu, guitar).

National High School Classical Guitar Competition

The Festival will again present its National High School Classical Guitar Competition, open to high school students of all 50 states.

Long Island Guitar Festival Guitar Orchestra

The LIGF Guitar Orchestra for high school students and others returns to the Festival in 2017, conducted by Alan Hirsh.

Master Classes for Guitarists and Performers

In 2017 the Long Island Guitar Festival continues its tradition of presenting excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy with master classes scheduled to be given by the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Raphaella Smits, Benjamin Verdery and David Leisner.

Ensemble Showcases

Through its history the Long Island Guitar Festival has featured ensembles representing high schools from the tri-state area and other states including Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.

More information:

Auditions for 2017 NJMEA Honors Guitar Ensemble

January 5th, 2017 by bob No comments »


February 11, 2017 at The College of New Jersey (Music Dept.), 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ

9:00-1:00 pm (snow date Sunday, Feb. 12th @ Bayonne High School,  667 Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ 07002
12:00-3:00 pm)

Audition Requirements for students in grades 9-12

Set Piece: II of Two Lullabies by Kevin J. Cope
Scale Requirement:  E Melodic Minor
Ensemble Excerpt:  see PDF file below
Sight Reading at the audition.

Students will be judged on a point system for correct notes and rhythms, tone quality, musicality: dynamics, phrasing, interpretation and overall quality of preparation for prepared piece, ensemble excerpt, scale and sight reading.

Rehearsal 1: April 1, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 pm at Location:JP Stevens High School, 855 Grove Ave, Edison, NJ 08820
( snow date, Location: Bayonne High School,  667 Avenue A, Bayonne, NJ 07002, April 2nd from 4:00 -7:00 pm)

Rehearsal 2: April 29, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 pm at Location: Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601.

Rehearsal 3:  May 6, 2017 at The College of New Jersey (Music Dept.), 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ 08628 Ewing, NJ 11:00-11:45 am.

Performance  May 6, 2017 @ TCNJ (no snow date)

Ensemble Performance 12:00 pm
Student Showcase 12:30 pm
Guest Artist 1:00 pm

Audition Fee for NJMEA : $10(non refundable) Participation Fee (if selected):  $50.00


Loren C. Fortna, conductor
NJMEA Guitar Festival Directors: Thomas Amoriello & Keith Calmes
Thank you to Kevin J. Cope for providing the set piece for the audition.



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January Meeting

December 27th, 2016 by bob No comments »

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m. in Hopewell Borough.

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:

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 »

These pieces were played at the December 11 meeting in Warren:

Dave Starbuck (mandolin), Jeff Griesemer (mandolin), and Bob Ey (octave mandolin)

  • The Sussex Carol – Trad., adapted from a guitar arrangement by Allan Alexander.

Dave Starbuck

  • Variations on a Theme by Cabezon – Ponce

Idyllwood Trio: Anthony Campanella (guitar); Kris Lamb (baroque flute, recorder, whistle); Roma Blanchet (bar flute, recorder)

  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day; Lo, How a Rose; The Sussex Carol; Auld Lang Syne
  • Greensleeves

Gary Lee

  • Prelude from Sonata No. 5 – Silvius Leopold Weiss
  • Let Go – Benjmin Verdery
  • Tardia Con Lluvia con Cafe – Simone Ianarelli
  • The Water is Wide – Trad., arr. by F. Hand

Kevin Lutke

  • Peccadilloes importune – Erik Satie
  • Two Minor Etudes – K. Lutke

Jeff Griesemer

  • Georgia On My Mind – Hoagie Carmichael, arr. Richard Drueding/Jeff Griesemer
  • Crazy – Willie Nelson
  • Sound of Bells – Joao Pernambuco

Dana Hamilton

  • Romance Antiguo – Anon.

Robert Ey

  • Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d’oro vedi che per ti moro; Bianco Fiore – Chilesotti
  • Scarborough Fair – arr. Debbie Cracknell; The Parting Glass – arr. John Mock

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: