Madison Holiday Arts Festival Presents Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz — November 24th and 25th!

November 12th, 2017 by bob No comments »
The Madison Holiday Arts Festival Presents Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz in two recitals performing “The Virtuoso Classical Guitar” — Romantic and Contemporary Virtuoso Masterpieces! Nineteenth Century Works from France, Italy, Croatia, and Vienna, will be followed Contemporary Compositions by some of America’s Greatest Living Composers!
The Formal Recital will be held the beautiful and “sonically wonderful” Grace Church (Saturday, November 25 at 3 PM), and the informal “Cafe Recital” will be presented at the Harvest Bistro (Friday, November 24 @ 1:30 PM)
Saturday, November 25 @ 3 PM 
Grace Episcopal Church – Madison, NJ
4 Madison Ave, Madison, New Jersey 07940
Friday, November 24 @ 1:30 PM
Harvest Bistro 
50 1/ 2 Main St, Madison, NJ 07940 
(973) 822-3644                                    
*(Parking Information Below)*
*Free Parking in the back lot off of Cook Avenue.  There’s a little walkway by Rocco’s Pizzeria which leads out to Main Street.  Make a left (walking) and Harvest Bistro is roughly six or seven storefronts down. 

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in concert with special guests

November 11th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Admission Free, no tickets required

Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, 4th Floor at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Ensemble-in-Residence, Mannes School of Music, College of Performing Arts at The New School

Concert featuring VERY special Mannes guest alumnae and students:

  •  Perri di Christina, mezzo-soprano
  •  Jingyi Hou, violin
  •  Yoonah Kim, clarinet
  •  Lu Liu, violin
  •  Boya Wei, soprano

 Music by

  • Astor Piazzolla
  • Manuel de Falla
  • Robert Schumann
  • Pablo de Sarasate
  • Joaquín Rodrigo
  • Gerardo Matos Rodríguez

Sharon Isbin, guitar with special guest Colin Davin, guitar at 92Y

November 8th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Tickets from $45

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Sharon Isbin’s dazzling technique and lyrical interpretations have made her one of the true masters of classical guitar. She returns to 92Y with a continent-hopping program including selections from Howard Shore’s gorgeous, evocative score for Martin Scorcese’s The Departed and a revisiting of Tan Dun’s Seven Desires for Guitar, with its captivating blend of Chinese and flamenco influences. Isbin gave the world premiere of the work — which Tan Dun composed for her — on the 92Y stage in 2002.

She will be joined by one of the classical guitar world’s rising stars, Colin Davin, who studied with Isbin at Juilliard, and who American Record Guide called “The real thing — a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination.”

The program will also include a selection of Spanish and Latin American classical guitar pieces, making for a concert sure to be filled with brilliance, color and rhythmic fire.

“The Virtuoso Classical Guitar” with Stanley Alexandrowicz

November 8th, 2017 by bob No comments »
Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz will present a concert devoted to Romantic and Contemporary Virtuoso Masterpieces for the classical guitar. Nineteenth Century Virtuoso Guitar works from France, Italy, Croatia, and Vienna, will be followed by Contemporary Compositions by some of America’s Greatest Living Composers! 
(Works by Luigi Legnani, Napoleon Coste, Ivan Padovec, Johann Dubez, and Contemporary American Masters Kendall Kennison, Edward Green, Brian Fennelly, and Maestro Robert W. Butts!)
Thursday, November 30 @ 7:00 pm 
Lawrence Headquarters Branch MCL
2751 Brunswick Pike (Bus. Route One) 
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 
609-989-6920 or e-mail:

Bedlam (lute & voice) concert at 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing

October 28th, 2017 by bob No comments »

A concert of 16th century and early 17th century French and English music with soprano Kayleen Sánchez and lutenist Laudon Schuett. The program will include lute songs and solo lute music.

1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628, November 4, at 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $20 for General Admission; $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary; $5 for School and College students with ID; $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more

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November Meeting

October 16th, 2017 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the November 19 meeting in Short Hills:

Dana Hamilton

  • Prelude — J.S. Bach
  • Alone Together/Yesterday — Hartz & Dietz/Jerome Kern

 Anthony Campanella

  • Auld Lang Syne Medley — arr. Anthony Campanella
  • Waltzing Matilda — “”
  • Horse and Buggy Rag — Bernard Bigo

Elisha Berger

  • Frère Jacques
  • Home on the Range

 Gad Berger

  • Air on a G String — J.S. Bach
  • Un Día de Noviembre — Leo Brouwer
  • Venezuelan Waltz No. 2 — Antonio Lauro

Gad Berger and Ray Butler

  • Andante in G Major — Vivaldi
  • Lute concerto in D — “

Ray Butler

  • Tristerosos — Heitor Villa Lobos
  • Valse No. 3 — Barrios
  • Prelude No. 3 — Heitor Villa Lobos

Andrew Alford

  • Study No. 50 — Frederick Noad
  • Omage to Mangore — Leo Brouwer
  • Omage to Tarrega — “”
  • Alcañiz — Tarrega
  • Study No. 87 — Frederick Noad

Jeff Wilt

  • Evocacion — Jose Luis Marin
  • La Gatica — Antonio Lauro
  • Julia Florida — Barrios

Jeff Griesemer

  • Here, There and Everywhere — The Beatles, arr. Jeff Griesemer
  • Soldier Boy — The Shirelles, Music by Dixon/Greenberg, arr. by Jeff Griesemer
  • Manhã de Carnaval — Luis Bonfá, arr. by Jeff Griesemer

Raul Huaman

  • Northway 87— Raul Huaman
  • Violin Sonata BWV 1001 — Bach (on mandolin)
  • Manhã de Carnaval — Luis Bonfá

Gary Lee

  • Prelude from Sonata No. 5— S.L Weiss (arr. Lee)
  • Largo from 3rd Violin Sonata — S. Bach (arr. Barrueco)
  • Sonata K. 69— Domenico Scarlatti (arr. Abiton)

Robert Ey

  • Hasapikos Horos — Trad. Greek, arr. Allan Alexander
  • Ajde Jano — Trad. Serbian, “”


Stanley Alexandrowicz Solo Guitar Recital at Salon 33

October 11th, 2017 by bob No comments »
“Please join me at my upcoming Solo Recital (22 October, 2017 @ 6:00 pm) — devoted to 19th Century Romantic Virtuoso Guitar Composers – Napoleon Coste, Ivan Padovec, Johann Dubez, and to Contemporary American Masters – Kendall Kennison, Edward Green, Brian Fennelly, and Maestro Robert W. Butts! 
“Meet the Composers” — Several of these Award Winning Composers will be in attendance to speak about their compositions and share their thoughts and insights with the audience!”
“Salon 33” 
Sunday 22 October, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
794 Alexander Road Princeton, NJ 08540 
Suggested Donation $20 per person
For additional information, directions, and to reserve your seat, please contact Salon 33 @ e-mail  or (609) 630-0098

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents Candace Mowbray

October 9th, 2017 by bob No comments »

3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5, 2017

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia

Tickets: General $25; PCGS Member $10; Student/Senior $15

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Regarded by audiences and colleagues for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in music by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the iconic lyricism of Rossini as transcribed by Johann Kaspar Mertz, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as “a beautiful player, so expressive and musical.”

October Meeting

September 17th, 2017 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the October 15 meeting in Wayne:

Jim Tosone

  • Four Ballad Stories — Milan Tesar

Gad Berger

  • Hallelujah — Leonard Cohen, arr. Gad Berger
  • Parade of Skeletons — Keith Calmes
  • Cello Suite, Prelude — J.S. Bach

Dana Hamilton

  • Etude in Tremolo — Alexander Bellow
  • I Remember You — Richard Scherzinger

Ming Chao

  • Lachrimae Pavane — John Dowland
  • Pavana Triste — Antonio Jose
  • Concerto in D Major — Bach/Vivaldi

Mike Topolski

  • Les Barricades Mystérieuses — Francois Couperin, arr. David Russell
  • Prelude — Isaac Albéniz

Jeff Wilt

  • Andantino — Matteo Carcassi
  • Si Ela Perguntar — Dilermando Reis
  • Squares Suspended — Andrew York

Ray Butler

  • Maria Catalina — Antonio Lauro
  • Angustoro — “”
  • Maria — Francisco Tarrega

Andrew Alford

  • Guardame Las Vacas — Luis de Narváez
  • Montemador — Federico Moreno Torroba
  • Alcañiz — “”

Bob Hansen

  • Fantasia — Francesco de Milano
  • Allegro — Mauro Giuliani

Robert Ey

  • Port Lennox — Rory Dall O’Cathain, arr. Glenn Weiser
  • Canon in D — Johann Pachelbel
  • Cantilene Espagnole — Jose Ferrer

Gary Lee

  • Let Go — Benjamin Verdery
  • Long and Winding Road — Beatles, arr., Jerry Willard
  • Kinkachoo I Love You — Phillip Houghton


92Y presents Paco Peña

September 5th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Esencias: The Music of Flamenco — Paco Peña, flamenco guitar with Special Guests

Only NYC Appearance of the Season
 Sat, Oct 21, 2017, 8 pm

Legendary flamenco guitarist and artist Paco Peña earned a Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts for his lifelong commitment to the mastery and innovation of the art of flamenco. The New York Times went on to say, “(Peña) combines rapid-fire flourishes with a colorist’s sense of shading; this listener cannot recall hearing any guitarist with a more assured mastery of his instrument.” In his only NYC appearance of the season, Peña and his brilliant special guests will highlight the power of the guitar alone to reveal the essence of this passionate art form. With 92Y’s rich history of presenting the greatest masters of the guitar, we are thrilled to be welcoming back a maestro. Don’t miss this special event.