Posts Tagged ‘2013’

December Meeting

November 24th, 2013

These pieces were played at the December 15 meeting in Warren:

David Starbuck (Lute)
  • Campanella – D. Kellner
  • Passacaille – Silvius Leopold Weiss
  • Suite No. 96: Prelude, Bouree, Sarabande, & Minuet. – “”
Robert Ey
  • Two Airs by Turlough O’Carolan: Blind Mary – Arr. by Toshihide Temma; Sheebeg and Sheemore – Arr. by Glenn Weiser
  • Wild Mountain Thyme – Trad. Arr. by Scott Tennant
Gary Lee
  • Prelude from Sonata No. 5 – Silvius Leopold Weiss
  • Alma Verde – Maximo Diego Pujol


November Meeting

October 27th, 2013

These pieces were played at the November 10 meeting in Hopewell:

Ming Chao
  • Farewell – Sergio Assad
  • Fantasie No. 1, Op. 7 – Fernando Sor
Gad Berger
  • Opus 60, No. 3 – Matteo Carcassi
  • Valse Venezuelano No. 2 – Antonio Lauro
  • Indonesia Pusaka – Arr. by Jubing Kristianto
Gianni Donati
  • Prelude from Suite in D – Silvius Leopold Weiss
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller and others
  • The Girl Next Door – Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane
  • What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss & Bob Thiele, arr. by John Duarte
Jeff Griesemer
  • Gymnopedie I – Eric Satie
  • Because – Dave Clark 5 (arr. J. Griesemer)
  • Koa Wood – Jeff Griesemer
David Starbuck (Lute)
  • Prelude, Sarabande and Minuet from Prelude 96 in G – Silvius Leopold Weiss
Robert Ey
  • Two Airs by Turlough O’Carolan
  1. Blind Mary – Arr. by Toshihide Temma
  2. Sheebeg and Sheemore – Arr. by Glenn Weiser

Guitars from Fred Dilzell’s collection are available: contact Tom Silver for details.

October 5th, 2013

Qualified buyers may contact me at  We are happy to respond with more detail, including price info and photographs, to seriously interested buyers.  Fred considered all of these guitars’ condition as Excellent to near-Mint to actual Mint.  This should be apparent when you examine them.

For those who may not have known Fred, some background.  Fred Dilzell was an accomplished classical and flamenco guitarist living in northern New Jersey until he passed away in March, 2013.  He was well known throughout the Metro NY guitar community, having played guitar for over 45 years.  Many of us knew him for years or decades as members of the NJ Classical Guitar Society, or other societies to which he belonged.  Fred performed both on a semi-professional and professional basis for many of those years, with his career culminating in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut performance (now the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall).

He was an avid collector of fine guitars and everyone knew him as a guitar connoisseur.  He selected his guitars very carefully and  took superb care of his instruments, which is why all of the guitars on the list below are in such great condition – in many cases indistinguishable from new.  The family is now in process of selling the collection, and as Fred had asked me to advise on the sales, appointments to see and play these guitars should be made with me.  I was a friend of Fred and his family all of my adult life, and I have been playing classical guitar for many years.  

The family wishes to avoid the time, expense and possible problems associated with shipping guitars on approval so all guitars will be shown and sold by appointment, at a location in northern New Jersey.  Prospective buyers are welcome and encouraged to bring their teacher or another adviser to examine and play those guitars in which they are interested.

At present there are five classical and two flamenco guitars available for sale as follows:


2003 Liam Romanillos  (Spruce/Brazilian)  The guitars of Liam’s father, Jose Romanillos, have been world famous and in great demand ever since Julian Bream started playing them in the 1970’s.  Bream once said that the best guitar he ever owned was a Romanillos. Liam learned the luthier’s art from his father, and his instruments are in similar demand.  Liam’s guitars, like those of his father, seldom appear on the secondary market.  This is an exquisitely beautiful guitar, and the last one Fred was to purchase.      

2007 Geza Burghardt  (Spruce/Indian Rosewood)  FLAWLESS, a masterpiece.  Burghardt is a Hungarian who builds out of Vancouver, Canada.  He builds few guitars annually, but is highly regarded as a master craftsman throughout the guitar world.  (Also is a world-class expert on French Polish technique.)  Fred prized this instrument greatly, and occasionally brought it out to play for us at guitar society meetings.
2007 Tacchi  (Spruce/Brazilian)  A beautiful piece of craftsmanship by this Florentine master.  This guitar is a “personal” instrument not intended to project in concert halls, and therefore is more suited for a player looking for a high-quality personal guitar than for a concert artist.  

2010 Dominique Delarue (Spruce/African Ebony)  This is a gorgeous instrument by the French master, but action is on the high side.  Luthier Gary Lee has graciously consented to bring the action to a comfortable level.  We expect this to be accomplished in mid-October 2013.   In mint (brand new) condition.
1997 or 1998 John Price  (Spr/African Blackwood)  This guitar is the lowest-priced in the collection, and in near-mint condition.  Is extremely easy to play and is suitable for the player looking for a guitar in the lower-priced range on the quality spectrum.     

1997 Gerundino Fernandez flamenco  (Spruce/Cypress)  I’m no flamenco expert, but Fred certainly was – and he considered this Gerundino and the Lester DeVoe immediately below to be the equals of flamenco’s at much higher price levels.  Some of us were lucky enough to hear Fred play these guitars at society meetings, and wow, what unbelievably thrilling sounds he drew from them!    Both of these makers are well known throughout the flamenco world.  This particular Gerundino has added value because it was built in 1997, before Gerundino retired.  There is no way of knowing for certain if he had a hand in guitars built in his workshop after his retirement in 1999.  Gerundino died in 2006.   

2003 Lester DeVoe flamenco (Spruce/Cypress)  See Gerundino immediately above for comment.

The Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Society Presents CHRISTOPHER LADD, classical guitar

September 29th, 2013


Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd is rapidly becoming known throughout the country as one of the most promising young classical musicians.

Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being…rendered confidently and expressively.
Praised as…an exercise in extremes by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician.
Friday I October 4 I 7:30 pm I Peter Hall
$15 I $10 I Free to Moravian Students with ID
This concert is sponsored in part by The Moravian College Music Institue and The Bethlehem Guitar Festival

October Meeting

September 22nd, 2013

These pieces were played at the October 20 meeting in Wayne:

Ming Chao
  • Farewell – Sergio Assad
  • Fantasie No. 1, Op. 7 – Fernando Sor
Jim Tosone
  • Greensleeves – Traditional, arr. Francis Cutting
  • Bouree from Em Lute Suite, BWV 996 – J.S. Bach
  • Prelude from English Suite, Op. 31 – John Duarte
Jeff Griesemer
  • Airwaves – Jeff Griesemer
  • Because – Dave Clark 5 (arr. J. Griesemer)
  • Here, There and Everywhere – John Lennon and Paul McCartney (arr. J. Griesemer)
  • Clean Getaway – Jeff Griesemer
Gary Lee
  • Prelude from Sonata No. 5 –Sylvius Leopold Weiss
  • Alma Verde –Maximo Diego Pujol
  • Green and Golden –Ralph Towner



“Arias, Songs, and Solos for Voice and Guitar”

September 22nd, 2013


Dominika Zamara (soprano) and Stanley Alexandrowicz (classical guitar)

Internationally renowned artists Dominika Zamara (soprano) and Stanley Alexandrowicz (classical guitar) join forces to perform a recital of arias, songs, and solos for voice and guitar. The program consists of operatic arias from the works of Bellini, Dvorak, Puccini, Pergolesi; songs of Mozart, Rachmaninov, William Walton, and Georges Migot; and works for solo guitar.

October 20 – 4:00 PM
Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Road, Watchung NJ 07069
Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 ($18 for WAC members, $10 for students) at the door.
For more information call (908) 753 0190

October 21 – 7:30 PM
University Lutheran Church
637 Chestnut Street (37 and Chestnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

October 22 – 8:00 PM
TCNJ – Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718  (follow the link “Purchase Tickets” or call (609) 771-2775)


September 16th, 2013

NEW YORK, NY – The renowned Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández will appear in concert on Friday, October 4, 2013, at 8:00 pm, at Engelman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, performing works by J. S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Benjamin Britten, Hanz Werner Henze, and Leo Brouwer. The concert is the first in the 2013-2014 International Artist Series presented by the New York City Classical Guitar Society.

Engelman Recital Hall is located at 55 Lexington Avenue in New York City, with access on East 25th Street between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue. Tickets are available for $27.50 ($22 for students, seniors, and NYCCGS members) at (646) 312-5073 or (866) 811-4111, or online at For further information, please visit

CANCELLED Keith Calmes in Princeton, Sunday, September 15

July 22nd, 2013


Dr. Keith Calmes
a master musician”
-Guitar for the Practicing Musician
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
50 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Featuring premiere performances of Suite by
Czech composer Stepan Rak and an Indian-inspired
piece by Calmes. Also, new music by Maximo Pujol (Homage a Anibal Troilo),
Tim Broege (Two Songs), Kevin Siegfried (Circling the Dawn) and others.
Admission is free, donations accepted to offset costs.

Jersey Shore Guitar Show

July 21st, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Manahawkin/LBI Holiday Inn Ballroom, in Manahawkin, from 11am-6pm. Guitar, Bass, Amps, Effects, Accessories, Live Performances, Clinics & Workshops, Prizes. For more info visit our website

September Meeting

July 21st, 2013

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

David Starbuck (Lute)
  • Campanella – D.Kellner
  • Passacaille in D Major – S.L. Weiss
Tito Cotos
  • Guitar Journey – Tito Cotos
  • Sunday Afternoon – Tito Cotos
Gad Berger
  • Venezuelan Waltz No. 2 — Antonio Lauro
  • Indonesian Pusaka — Ismail Marzuki, arr. by Jubing Kristianto
  • Dreamcatcher —Mike Christiansen
Ming Chao
  • Fantasie No. 1, Opus 7, Largo non tanto – Fernando Sor
Robert Ey
  • Sheebeg and Sheemore – Turlough O’Carolan, arr. by Glenn Weiser
  • Blind Mary – Turlough O’Carolan, arr. by Toshehide Temma