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.

September Meeting

June 26th, 2017 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the September 17 meeting in Hopewell Borough:

Andrew Alford

  • Fantasia X — Alonso de Mudarra
  • Etude Opus 60, No. 24 Andantino con espressione — Matteo Carcassi
  • Gnossienne No.1 — Eric Satie

Ray Butler

  • Tristorosa — Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Vals No. 3 — Augustin Barrios Mangore

Gary Lee

  • Tarde de Lluvia con Cafe — Simone Iannarelli
  • Sunday Morning Overcast — Andrew York
  • Nuevos Estudios Sencillos No. 9 — Leo Brouwer

Bob Hansen

  • Gavottes — J.S. Bach

Robert Ey

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


Stanley Alexandrowicz Solo Guitar Recital — Thursday 6 July, 2017, 8:00 PM

June 18th, 2017 by bob No comments »
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please join me at my upcoming Holiday Solo Recital (6 July, 2017 @ 8:00 pm) — devoted to 19th Century Romantic Virtuoso Guitar Composers – Luigi Legnani, Napoleon Coste, Johann Dubez, and to Contemporary American Masters – Ernst Bacon, Brian Fennelly, Kendall Kennison, and Maestro Robert W. Butts! Kendall and Robert will be in attendance to introduce and speak about their compositions (“Sonata No. 1 for Solo Guitar,” and “Early Morning Suite respectively”). The recital will take place in the “sonically magnificent” 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing New Jersey! 
1867 Sanctuary Classical Concert Series 
Thursday 6 July, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
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17th Annual New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes

May 30th, 2017 by bob No comments »

Sharon Isbin, Manuel Barrueco, Elias Barreiro, Beijing Guitar Duo, Rene Izquierdo, Elina Chekan, Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Duo Cantabile, Mariano Aguirre, Vladislav Blaha, Gohar Vardanyan, Roberto Fabbri and Yenne Lee.

June 26 – July 1. Registration deadline is June 1.

For further information, see

June Meeting

May 22nd, 2017 by bob No comments »

Annual Picnic in Hopewell Borough.

May Meeting

April 27th, 2017 by bob No comments »

These pieces were played at the May 21 meeting in Warren:

Andrew Alford 

  • Manzanares el Real from Castles of Spain — Torroba

Andrew Alford and Deblina Mukherjee

  • Opus 120, No. 7 — Carulli

Deblina Mukherjee

  • Opus 35, No. 17 — Fernando Sor

Kevin Lutke

  • Be Thou My Vision/Hymn — arr., Kevin Lutke
  • Suite  in Em, Part 3 — Kevin Lutke

Gary Lee

  • Sonata No. 37, Prelude, Allemande & Courante — S.L. Weiss
  • The Water is Wide — Trad., arr. Frederic Hand

Ray Butler

  • Maria Carolina — Antonio Lauro
  • Angustora — “”

Bob Ey

  • Saltarello — Chilesotti
  • Ajde Jano — Trad. Macedonian, arr. Allan Alexander
  • Dreamcatcher — Mike Christiansen


Sérgio & Odair Assad at 92Y

April 21st, 2017 by bob No comments »

Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall

Price: from $40.00

“A kind of wizardry lies within the playing of Sérgio and Odair Assad … they produce a supple, flawless unified sound.” — The New York Times

The Washington Post has called the Assad Brothers “the best two-guitar team in existence,” and 92Y has been proud to be the duo’s artistic home in New York City. Returning after their 50th anniversary concert two years ago, they close 92Y’s classical concert season in Kaufmann Hall with a program that demonstrates their versatility and virtuosity.

Sérgio Assad, guitar
Odair Assad, guitar

SOR: Fantasia, Op. 54
ALBENIZ: “Cordoba,” from Cantos de España, Op. 232
ALBENIZ: “El Puerto,” from Iberia
RODRIGO: Tonadilla for guitar duo
DYENS: Excerpts from Côté Nord
VILLA-LOBOS: A Lenda do Caboclo (arr. S. Assad)
VILLA-LOBOS: Chôros No. 5, “Alma Brasileira” (arr. S. Assad)
GNATTALI: Excerpts from Suite Retratos
JACOMINO (“CANHOTO”): Abismo de Rosas
POWELL: Tempo Feliz

Join us for a free pre-concert talk one hour before every performance with your ticket, led by Benjamin Verdery, Art of the Guitar artistic director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music.

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WPU Guitarfest 2017 Master Class with Paul Galbraith

April 19th, 2017 by bob No comments »
Dear guitar students and teachers,
We are very excited to have Mr. Paul Galbraith teaching a master class at our festival this year on April 29th.  We have openings for performers in the master class and we hope to fill those openings as soon as possible.
We are accepting audition recordings in video or audio form on disc sent to me by mail at:
Seth Himmelhoch
542 Sagamore Ave.
Teaneck, Nj 07666
Or you can send a me link to your audition recording on a hosting site such as YouTube or SoundCloud by email:
Audition recordings must be submitted by Sunday, April 23rd.
The masterclass is being held from 11AM to 1PM on Saturday, April 29th.  The location is Shea Center recital hall (room 101), William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ.
The fee is $75 for chosen participants and this includes admission to the other events at Guitarfest.
If you have any questions, please email me at the above address or call or text my mobile phone, 201-486-7744.
Thank you for your interest in Guitarfest 2017!


Seth Himmelhoch