Archive for January, 2017

February Meeting

January 27th, 2017

These pieces were played at the February 19 meeting in Wayne:

Ming Chao

  • Ariel Ramirez – Alfonsina y el Mar (arr. Jorge Cardoso)
  • Scottish Air – Skye Boat Song (arr. David Russell)

Anthony Campanella

  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Flickering Firelight – Arthur Penn arr: Walter Jacobs
  • Ragtime Study – AJ Weidt

Robert Ey

  • Saltarello – Chilesotti
  • The Boys of Blue Hill/Reedsdale Hornpipe – Arr. Gordon Bok
  • Give Me Your Hand – Rory Dhall O’Caithan

Dave Starbuck

  • F. Carulli – Variations on Las Folias Op. 75

Jim Tosone

  • Sor – Op. 35, Nos. 1 & 2
  • Scarlatti – Sonata in A (K. 322)

Gary Lee

  • S.L. Weiss – Prelude from Sonata No. 5
  • J.S. Bach – from Violin Sonata No. 3, III: Largo
  • Domenico Scarlatt – Sonata K. 209

Ray Butler

  • Fantasia X – Alonso Mudarra
  • Natalia – Antonio Lauro

Kevin Lutke

  • PRELUDE & VARIATIONS – Kevin Lutke
    1. Prelude
    2. Variation l
    3. Variation ll
    4. Finale

Jeff Griesemer

  • Georgia On My Mind, Hoagy Carmichael – arranged Drueding/Griesemer;
  • Canción De Cuna – Leo Brouwer;
  • When I’m Sixty Four – Lennon/McCartney, arranged Griesemer.
  • Because – Dave Clark, arr. J. Griesemer

Dana Hamilton

  • Prelude #1 in E minor – H. Villa Lobos
  • Gentle Rain – Louis Bonfa

Peter Villalta

  • Study No. 1, Opus 60 – Fernando Sor

Stanley Alexandrowicz, “ROMANTIC VIRTUOSO GUITAR WORKS,” in Philadelphia

January 24th, 2017
Please join me for my upcoming recital on 1 February at the lovely Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Featured will be “ROMANTIC VIRTUOSO GUITAR WORKS” by the 19th Century’s greatest composer-virtuosi: Ivan Padovec, Napoleon Coste, J.K. Mertz, Johann Dubez & the Philadelphia Premiere of famed American composer and conductor Maestro Robert W. Butts’ “Early Morning Suite!”
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-1267

Guitar Marathon at 92Y

January 20th, 2017

Date: Sat, Feb 25, 2017, 2 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Benjamin Verdery, artistic director; John Schaefer, host; Brasil Guitar Duo; Jorge Caballero; Eden Stell Guitar Duo; Benjamin Verdery; Ana Vidovic

Program includes:

MOZART: Adagio in B minor, K. 540 (arr. B. Verdery)

TAKEMITSU: Selections from 12 Songs for Guitar (transcriptions of pop songs)

VILLA-LOBOS: Aria from Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 (arr. R. Dyens)

POULENC: Suite in C major (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)

MOMPOU: Selections from Cançons i Danses (arr, C. Stell for guitar duo)

Selected songs (arr. B. Verdery):


PRINCE: Kiss (arr. B. Verdery)

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (trans. K. Yamashita for solo guitar)

This all-day event continues with Session 2 at 8 pm.

Separate tickets required for each session.

More Information

Bergen Performing Arts Center Presents Sharon Isbin

January 18th, 2017

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

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


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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