Archive for April, 2016

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016, Saturday, April 30

April 29th, 2016

Newman Oltman lupos Naprstek Benavides-Galvaz



  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    Galvez-Benavides Classical Violin and Guitar Duo
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m.
    Discussion and presentation of Lubos Naprstek’s line
    of guitars
  • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo Master Class
  • 8:00-9:30 p.m.
    Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in Concert

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016 takes place in the Shea Center for Performing Arts. All
events are held in Shea 101 Recital Hall located in the music department.

Contact Information
For information, contact the William Paterson Music Department at 973.720.2315 or William
Paterson guitar faculty:
Professor Gabriel Handy, 646.382.
Professor Seth Himmelhoch, 201.928.1641

May Meeting

April 25th, 2016

These pieces were played at the May 22 meeting in Warren:

David Starbuck (lute)

  • Prelude & Allemande from Suite #14 (London Manuscript) – S.L. Weiss

Ming Chao

  • Aria from Goldberg Variations – JS Bach
  • Valseana from Aquarelle – Sergio Assad

Robert Ey

  • April Come She Will – Paul Simon, arr. Jim Bosse
  • Dreamcatcher – Mike Christiansen

Jeff Griesemer

  • Sound of Bells – Joao Pernambuco
  • Cancion de Cuna – Leo Brouwer

Gary Lee

  • Julia Florida – Augustin Barrios
  • Prelude in D minor (Moscow Manuscript) – S.L. Weiss
  • Sonata K. 69 – Domenico Scarlatti, arr. Gerard Arbiton

Issam Alhabbal

  • Sinfonia from Partita No. 2 – J.S. Bach, arr. Tristan Manoukian
  • Etude No. 11 – J.S. Bach

David Starbuck (mandolin) and Robert Ey (octave mandolin/guitar)

  • St. Anthony and the Fishes – John Goodin
  • Jenny Pluck Pears – John Playford

Stanley Alexandrowicz & Dominika Zamara, April 20 at Grunin Center

April 18th, 2016


Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please join internationally renowned “soprano extraordinaire” Dominika Zamara and myself for a recital of arias, songs, and guitar solos this Wednesday at beautiful Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College, New jersey!
Featured will be:
1) Romantic lieder by Croatia’s greatest 19th Century composer-guitarist Ivan Padovec (as recorded on our recent world-premiere CD “Ivan Padovec: Works for Guitar and Soprano” – Sheva Collection Recordings, Italy).
2) Solo works of the Romantic era’s greatest guitar virtuosi: Napoleon Coste (France), Johann Kaspar Mertz (Hungary), Johann Dubez (Vienna).
3) Contemporary composer-conductor Maestro Robert W. Butts’ beautiful, touching, and virtuosic “Early Morning Suite” (dedicated, premiered, and soon-to-be-recorded by today’s performer).
4) Famous operatic arias by Vincenzo Bellini (Casta Diva – from the opera “Norma”), Antonín Dvořák (Song to the Moon – from the opera “Rusalka”), and Georges Bizet (Habanera – from the opera “Carmen”) will top off the performance!
Wednesday 20 April, 2016 @ 1:00 PM
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts – Gallery
Address: 1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: (732) 255-0500
(follow the link: Dominika Zamara)
Hope to see you there!
Stanley & Dominika

Mertz in meinem Herzen – The music of Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)

April 8th, 2016

Mertz in meinem Herzen is a program of solo guitar works of the nineteenth-century Hungarian guitarist-composer Johann Kaspar Mertz.  The works in the program range from quaint, artful character pieces to dazzling opera fantasies.  All of which comprise a riveting collection of virtuosic nineteenth-century salon music.  Please, join me for a wonderful evening of nineteenth-century guitar music.

Find the three April concert dates by using the links below. Stay up to date with my concert schedule by subscribing to my Facebook page.  I hope to see you soon.  Take care!

Loren C. Fortna

April 9 – Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series

April 22 – Reformed Church of Metuchen

April 30 – First United Methodist Church of Scotch Plains

April Meeting

April 7th, 2016

These pieces were played at the April 24 meeting in Hopewell:

Ming Chao

  • Aria from Goldberg Variations – J.S. Bach
  • Canone alla Sesta (Variation 18) – J.S. Bach

Robert Ey

  • Vaghe belleze…– Chilesotti
  • Bianco fiore – “
  • Saltarello– “
  • Se io m’accorgo ben mio d’un altro amante – “
  • Dreamcatcher – Mike Christiansen

Issam Alhabbal

  • Prelude from Lute Suite No. 1 – J.S. Bach
  • Etude No. 11 – J.S. Bach