Memorial Service for George Schindler

February 15th, 2018 by bob No comments »

A memorial service for George E. Schindler, Jr. will be held on Saturday, February 24, at 5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

George was a leader in our Society, organizing and hosting meetings in his homes in New Providence and, later, Montgomery. He was active over several decades. In addition to the usual repertoire, George was fond of playing arrangements of music from composers not traditionally associated with classical guitar, such as Jerome Kern, Victor Herbert, Henry Mancini, and George Gershwin.

Gad Berger will be representing the New Jersey Classical Guitar Society at the service, playing some of the music that George enjoyed and performed. Members are invited to attend.


George E. Schindler Jr., a passionate hiker, backpacker, and environmentalist, died on February 9 in Princeton, N.J., at Acorn Glen Assisted Living. He was 94. The probable cause of death was pneumonia.

Mr. Schindler was born in 1923 in Carnegie, Pa., son of George E. Schindler Sr. and Stella Victoria Cox. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the tail end of World War II; his military specialty was meteorology. Before enlisting, he had patched together the resources to study chemical engineering at Carnegie Tech for two years; afterwards, thanks to his army training and the GI Bill, he pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina and then at the University of Chicago, from which institution he was awarded a B.S. in Meteorology. His interests having shifted to English literature, he earned his M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. During those early years, he taught himself to play the classical guitar. A lifelong lover of literature, Mr. Schindler was extremely well read, favoring the works of George Bernard Shaw and Charles Dickens. He himself wrote two unpublished novels.

He married Faith Sayre in 1946, and the couple had three daughters. The family lived for many years in New Providence, N.J. In his thirty-one years with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Mr. Schindler edited a technical journal at the Bell Labs facility in Murray Hill, N.J., during the glory years of that company. In the four years preceding his retirement, he was department head in charge of a multivolume history project as well as of the Bell Laboratory archives.

George Schindler was never happier than when outdoors, whether camping, backpacking, or canoeing. He mapped trails and led hikes all over the country. His love of hiking grew into a deep commitment to preserving the natural landscape. He was instrumental in blocking a proposed dam at Tocks Island on the Delaware River, a dam that would have destroyed the nearby lake known as Sunfish Pond as well as spoiling the beauty of the Delaware’s free flow. As forestry coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club and member of the board of directors of the NJ Audubon Society, his efforts contributed to the passage of the New Jersey Natural Areas Systems Act in 1975. Among the many other environmental causes for which he fought tirelessly were the preservation of the Pine Barrens and the protection of the Great Swamp from the incursion of a proposed jetport.

Well into his retirement, he made three trips to Alaska. He volunteered at the Lyons VA Hospital where his father spent the last few years of his life. Mr. Schindler’s wife died in 1999. He had been her loving caregiver during her long illness. He leaves his sister, Judy Reams of Walnut Creek, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Jeri Schindler of Klamath Falls, Ore.; his three daughters, Karen Baart of Brookline, Mass., Heather Lovett of Hopewell, N.J., and Sarah Schindler of New York, N.Y.; his two grandsons, Frank Lovett and Nathaniel Lovett; and two great-grandchildren. His younger brother, John Robert Schindler, died in 2009.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club ( or the Environmental Defense Fund (

Concert Artists Guild Presents Jiji

January 29th, 2018 by bob No comments »

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
7:30 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Tickets: $25 General; $15 Students
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Guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned her First Prize at the 2016 CAG Competition. She will perform works by Steve Reich, J. S. Bach, Ginastera, and Leo Brouwer, as well as a new work for electric guitar and electronics by Gulli Björnsson.

Guitarist Jorge Caballero Debuts at 92Y

January 29th, 2018 by bob No comments »


February 10, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Kaufmann Concert Hall
Tickets from $45
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Art of the Guitar
Jorge Caballero, guitar (92Y recital debut)

BACH: Partita, BWV 1013
ALBÉNIZ: Five Pieces from Iberia
JORGE CABALLERO: Midsummer Love Serenade (world premiere)
 Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

*All arrangements for solo guitar by the artist

Called “A masterly classical guitarist” by the New York Times, Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award.  Born in Peru, Caballero has toured extensively throughout the world, and has been featured with such ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany and the Great Performers Series in Washington, D.C. among others.  In his 92Y debut recital, Caballero presents a program of music spanning the eras from Bach to Rimsky-Korsakov to Albéniz and a world premiere of a work he composed himself, written as a love song for his wife, and which encrypts the letters of her name in musical pitches.

February Meeting

January 22nd, 2018 by bob No comments »

Our next meeting will be on Sunday, February 18, at 4:00 p.m. in Warren.

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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Annual January Lasagna Meeting

December 15th, 2017 by bob No comments »

We came. We Played. We ate Lasagna.

Performances by: David Starbuck; The Crossing Consort; Andrew Alford & Ray Butler; Gad Berger; Gary Lee; Ray Butler; Robert Ey; Robert Hansen; and Andrew Alford.

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