Past Artists

Jason Vieaux

Jason Viaux

Jason Vieaux
March 12 & 13, 2022

Fort Worth: Sun Mar 13, 2022 7:30pm
Kimbell Art Museum – Renzo Piano Hall
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Dallas: Sat Mar 12, 2022 7:30pm
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NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).”

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York’s 92nd Street Y, as well as performances at Argentina’s Teatro Colon and Oslo, Norway’s Classical Music Fest. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.

Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with include David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.

Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His latest album Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, was released in January 2015. Of his 2014 solo album PlaySoundboard Magazine writes, “If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate,” while Premier Guitar claims, “You’d be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material.”

Vieaux’s previous eleven albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and SoundboardImages of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny (who after hearing this landmark recording declared: “I am flattered to be included in Jason’s musical world”);and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux’s albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSOGramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.

Meng Su

Meng Su
September 25 & 27, 2018

Dallas: Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:30pm
Caruth Auditorium at SMU
6101 Bishop Blvd Dallas, TX 75205
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Fort Worth: Thu Sep 27, 2018 7:30pm
Kimbell Art Museum –
Renzo Piano Pavillion Auditorium
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107   
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Born in the coastal city of Qingdao, in the province of Shandong, China in 1988, Meng Su demonstrated her artistic gifts as an exceptionally talented guitarist from an early age.

Embarking on an exciting guitar career as one of the most outstanding guitarists of her generation, Meng Su began her training in classical guitar with renowned Professor Chen Zhi at the age of nine, where she quickly began attracting attention as a remarkable young talent. Before graduating from the High School of the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2006, Ms. Su had already won many awards, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany.

As a performing artist, she has performed solo, duo, and quartet concerts across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Korea, Japan, and China, in which she has impressed audiences with an ability and artistry that exceeds her years.

Ms. Su performs regularly in chamber music setting, both with orchestras as a soloist, this past season she performed the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre for a chamber music ensemble.

Meng Su obtained her Performer’s Certificate and the Graduate Performer’s Diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA, and is currently continuing her studies with guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco in the chamber music program.

Ms. Su’s discography includes a live CD and DVD release of a 2005 guitar concert in Korea as well as a release of “Four Angels.”

Virginia Luque – Tribute to Andrés Segovia

Virginia Luque

Virginia Luque – Tribute to Andrés Segovia  March 2 & 3, 2017

Fort Worth: Thu Mar 2, 2017 7:30pm
Kimbell Art Museum –
Renzo Piano Pavillion Auditorium

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107   
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Dallas: Fri Mar 3, 2017 7:30pm
Montgomery Arts Theater
Booker T. Washington High School
2501 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
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Virginia Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship.

Ms. Luque has recently recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. She has been awarded First Prize at several international competitions, including the “Manuel de Falla” Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship among other awards.

Concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra and she has premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.

Recitals have included Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick Collection in New York City, and numerous concert halls throughout the United States. She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.

A native of Algeciras (Cadiz), Spain, Ms. Luque began playing the guitar when she was four, started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven. After hearing her play, Ms. Luque was invited by the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia to study privately with him.

She received her Master’s degree in Spain and at Segovia’s suggestion came to America where she also received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.

Ms. Luque’s other pursuits have garnered her a First Prize in the International Competition of Poetry based in Puerto Rico and she has also graduated as “Chef” from the French Culinary Institute of New York.



P R O G R A M

Gigue (In the Style of Weiss)
Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar (1882-1948)

Spanish Dance # 5
Enrique Granados Campiña (1867-1916)

Choro 1
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Waltz Op. 64 # 2
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)

Verano Porteño
Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Taquito militar
Mariano Mores (1918-2016)
(arrangement, Jorge Morel)

                   Intermission

Rumores de la Caleta
Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (1860-1909) 

Granada  

Sangre gitana
Virginia Luque (Timeless) 

Nostalgias de mi tierra
Virginia Luque 

Buleria “La romería”
Virginia Luque

Gran Jota
Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea (1852-1909)   

(Presenter’s note: We used the full names of composers in the program tonight for general interest.) 

 

A Classical Gas
Carlos Barbosa-Lima & Larry Del Casale
November 19 & 20, 2015

Carlos Barbosa-Lima / Larry Del Casale Concert November 19 & 20, 2015

A Classical Gas
Carlos Barbosa-Lima & Larry Del Casale
November 19 & 20, 2015

Fort Worth: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:30pm
Kimbell Art Museum – Renzo Piano Hall
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Dallas: Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:00pm
University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75225
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Celebrating twelve years of performing and recording as a duo, guitar virtuoso’s Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale have been hailed on two continents for going beyond the everyday Classical guitar recital repertoire and transport their listeners into the swing of the Brazilian musical world and beyond.

Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale were first introduced to one another in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1997 by famed Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero a dear friend to both Artists. At this time Mr. Del Casale was preparing a recording of Cordero’s music, the result was the acclaimed CD, Zenobia, and The Music of Ernesto Cordero.

“Carlos and Larry” as the duo is now referred to gave their first performance as a duo at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2003 to a sold out house. The Duo returned again to Weill Hall in 2008 again to a sold out house. Since then Carlos and Larry have performed throughout Europe and the United States at dozens of Festivals and concerts including many club dates.

In 2013 Carlos Barbosa-Lima, along with Larry Del Casale and the Havana String Quartet, released “Beatlerianas” which was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award that same year.

In Concert

Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale differed somewhat from the previous groups. Primarily known as a soloist and arranger, Barbosa-Lima does perform with a backing band on many occasions, but here virtuoso guitarist Del Casale fills that role, and does so with panache and verve. The two-guitar format really lets Barbosa-Lima stretch out as an orchestrator. Rounding out their program was four of Leo Brouwer’s Micropiezas, written when the composer was a teenager, in a very mature and swinging reading. Seen and Heard 

In a duo with Larry Del Casale, always in visual contact with each other, filled magnificent guitar sounds in a homogeneous match to the hall, so with “Sons de Carrilhoes” by Joao Pernambuco. Hot exotic sounds and rhythms created by the drummer Mauro Martins, who presented himself with a hand tambourine and subtly stated the rhythm. Three works by Antonio Carlos Jobim and “Tico Tico” could foam over the mood. Hersbruck Daily, Germany

On Recording                    

All the solo guitar music here is excellent, as one expects from Brouwer. The Micropiezas for two guitars, which the booklet calls a tribute to Milhaud, are delightful tunes, the last of which will be very, very familiar to every listener … and is subjected to well-crafted variations. Earlier in the program we hear three short, excellent guitar solos which paint vivid images in sound.

From Russia With Love
Irina Kulikova
October 1 & 2, 2015

Irina Kulikova

From Russia With Love
Irina Kulikova – October 1 & 2

Fort Worth: Thu Oct 1, 2015 7:30pm
Kimbell Art Museum – Renzo Piano Hall
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Dallas: Fri Oct 2, 2015 8:00pm
University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75225
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With the rare beauty of her tone and her enchanting presence on stage, Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that tell something so special with their instrument, that the public feels the joy, the pain, the longing of the human spirit in a most intense way. Her secret, in life as in music: It’s about the touch. ‘If you take special care of everything and everybody that is dear to you, if you show love and devotion in those little details that make a difference, then you will touch the lives of others in ways you cannot imagine.’

Irina Kulikova tours far afield, with appearances at leading festivals in Europe, North America and Asia and in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Academic Capella in St. Petersburg, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai. She received over 30 awards for her artistry, including 1st prizes at the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany.

Irina Kulikova graduated with distinction at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), the Conservatoire of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and the Gnessins Academy in Moscow (Russia). She recorded four solo CD’s, three of which are distributed worldwide by the Naxos label. Today, Irina Kulikova resides in Los Angeles (USA), Salzburg (Austria) and The Hague (The Netherlands). Her concert career as a solist and with a variety of ensembles and orchestra’s, she combines with a personal dedication to teaching, touching the lives of promising students of all continents.

 

Program

Vals No 4, op.8 Agustin Barrios Mangore ( 1885-1944)  

Fantasia op 30 Fernando Sor ( 1778-1839)   

Toccata en el estilo de Corelli  Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739) 

Grave
Allergo
Despasio
Final  

California Suite  Jose Maria Callardo de Rey ( b.1961) 

Preludio
Allemanda
Sarabanda
Vals   

***** Pause ****** 

Three Lyric Pieces Konstantin Vassiliev ( b.1970)   

Elegie in memoriam S.Rachmaninov
Reminiscence in memoriam A.Barrios
Mogiana in memoriam H.Villa-Lobos 

Swan Princess (dedicated to Irina Kulikova ) Konstantin Vassiliev ( b.1970)  

Old Lime Tree Sergei Rudnev (b.1955)  

Ballade for Beautiful Elene Victor Kozlov (b. 1958)  

Brasil Duo

Brasil DuoBrasil Duo

Fort Worth:
Thu, Apr 16 2015, 7:30pm
Renzo Piano Pavilion
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Dallas:
Fri, Apr 17 2015, 8:00pm
University Park United Methodist Church
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Brasil Guitar Duo, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

An eager advocate for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo premiered a Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati in 2012 with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Giancarlo Guerrero. Recent engagements include concerts with the Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras, Ohio’s Dayton Philharmonic and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

Brasil Guitar Duo strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. The Duo performs a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with the traditional music of its native land (choro, samba, maxixe, and baião).

The Duo’s first CD, in 2007, was Bom Partido, a CAG Records release featuring all Brazilian repertoire. Two critically acclaimed Naxos CDs, released in 2008 and 2009, contain the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Its latest CD, on the Avie label, is a collaboration with flutist Marina Piccinini that features all of J.S. Bach’s sonatas for flute and harpsichord, as arranged by the Duo for flute and two guitars.

Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than fifteen years. The Duo’s primary studies were with Henrique Pinto along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu, and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Master’s degree at the University of Miami, and João Luiz at New York’s Mannes College the New School for Music. Luiz is head of the guitar department at the State University of New York-Purchase, and also teaches guitar at New Jersey City University.

 

PROGRAM

Brasil Guitar Duo — Program and Program Notes — 2014-2015 Season

Jean Philip Rameau, Pieces de Clavecin*
Allemande
L’ Egyptienne
Les Cyclops

David Leisner, Ghosting**

Leo Brouwer, Sonata de Los Viajeros

***INTERMISSION***

Leo Brouwer, Triptico
Allegro
Andantino
Toccata

Egberto Gismonti, Selected Pieces*
A Fala da Paixao
Forro
Don Quixote
Karate
Agua & Vinho
Strawa no Sertao

*arranged by Joao Luiz
** dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo

 

PROGRAM NOTES

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)

– Pièces de Clavecin

Among the most important composers and music theorists of the Baroque era, Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the 18th century’s greatest masters of harpsichord (clavecin) writing in the French School. His modern and sophisticated style took the harpsichord to a new level of prominence by giving that instrument equal attention with others in chamber compositions (the trio sonatas, for example) and developing keyboard technique through virtuosic solo works.

These selections, arranged for two guitars by João Luiz, reflect the composer’s deep musical knowledge. The arrangements bring a new perspective to the compositions by exposing the music’s complexity as two independent instruments are played as one.

 

DAVID LEISNER (b. 1953)

– Ghosting

Ghosting was commissioned for Brasil Guitar Duo by Symphony Space—a multi-disciplinary performing arts center located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City—through the Isaiah Sheffer Fund for New Initiatives.  Its compositional seed was sprouted with some spare musical ideas and a little haiku-like poem of my devising:

the air holds us
presence into
absence, ghosting
afterimage

The work begins and ends with freely floating harmonics, as if tossed about by a capricious wind.  A simple tune in subtly shifting meters becomes the ground for variations that begin quietly and become increasingly lively.  This leads to a brief but spacious chordal passage that evokes a distant carillon, followed by a fragmented version of the original tune. Then comes a little chorale leading to a return of the opening material, now a bit more spectral.

— David Leisner, New York, 2014 

 

LEO BROUWER (b. 1939)

– Sonata de los Viajeros/Triptico

Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer is acknowledged as one of the most important contributors to the modern classical guitar repertoire. His compositions range from solo guitar pieces to symphonic works and allow him to develop a unique voice through various styles. His prolific output as a composer embraces different aesthetics, from avant-garde experimentalism to neo-romantic simplicity. In all of Brouwer’s works there are clear references to the traditional dance rhythms and folks songs of Cuba.

The Triptico, originally written for guitar and string quartet in 1958, is performed here in the composer’s own adaptation for two guitars. Brasil Guitar Duo recorded the four-movement Sonata de los Viajeros (Sonata of Travelers) for the first time in Toronto in June 2014, and is presenting its concert premiere in Fall 2014.

 

EGBERTO GISMONTI (b. 1947)

– Selected Pieces

Brazil’s Egberto Gismonti is considered an important composer of our time as well as a renowned virtuoso on piano and ten-stringed guitar. His compositions capture the essential Brazilian spirit by connecting academic and popular aesthetics with brilliant, powerful melodies. Various Brazilian rhythms, including those of that country’s native cultures and the Frevo, Baiao, Maracatu, Maxixe, and Samba, are a constant element in his work.

This collection of pieces, reflecting a vast range of Brazilian music, was arranged for two guitars by João Luiz under the composer’s supervision.

Denis Azabagic

Denis AzabagicDenis Azabagic, (Bosnia and Herzegovina), is one of the most compelling classical guitarists on the international concert circuit today. He performs concerts around the globe, maintaining a balance between his solo recitals, chamber music with the Cavatina Duo, and engagements as soloist with orchestras.

Critics are raving:

The recital by Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic, was certainly the finest guitar recital that I have heard in a lifetime of concert-going, and one of the best concerts of any kind I have heard.
NC Arts Journal, USA

…And once he started playing his guitar he became ageless. One couldn’t imagine where the man, the instrument and the music separated, if at all.
 Los Angeles Valley Star, USA

Azabagic’s playing is virtually flawless and his technical facility is a joy to see as well as hear; increasingly I hear him mentioned in the same breath as John Williams, and while such comparisons are invidious, this one is not without merit”
Soundboard Magazine, USA

Azabagic’s flawless performances have set a standard for the new generation of guitar players. He has won twenty-four prizes in international competitions and Mel Bay has published a book based on his experience and insides on the subject of competitions.

Azabagic has recorded ten CDs for international labels such as Naxos, Cedille, Opera Tres, Bridge records and Orobroy, as well as two DVD’s for the Mel Bay Company. His recordings and live performances are highly praised by music critics, for his elegant approach to music and his unique way of communicating and reaching the audiences’ hearts.

As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagic has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Traverse Symphony, Monterrey Symphony, L’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, among many others. He has also collaborated with the Casals Quartet, Civitas Ensemble and Music Now members in Chicago.

Azabagic has performed at such venues as Chicago’s Symphony Center, Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Radio France in Paris, Aix en Provence Festival, France, El Palau de la Musica, Valencia-Spain, Savannah on Stage, USA, Omni Foundation, USA, Ravinia Festival, USA, National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China. Azabagic’s performances have been broadcasted live on the Radio (NPR, WFMT) and Television in Asia, Europe and the United States.

His repertoire includes solo and orchestral music from the Baroque era to the present. An active member of the Cavatina Duo, their chamber music repertoire is vast, including many works written expressly for the duo. Azabagic’s love for performing extends to sharing with others the knowledge of music making. He frequently offers master-classes while on tour, teaches at the University of Illinois and is the head of the guitar department at Roosevelt University in Chicago

Denis teachers include Pedrag Stankovic, Vojislav Ivanovic, Darko Petrinjak as well as Jo Hagen.

Highlights of the upcoming season include concerts tours in the US Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Spain, etc.  He will appear with the Cavatina Duo and as a soloist in recitals and with orchestras. They will release a new CD recording with Bridge Records.

For more info visit him at:
www.azabagic.com
wwww.cavatinaduo.com

Denis Azabagic uses D’Addario strings


 Program

Vicente Asencio: Suite Valenciana

Preludi
Cancó
Danca

Alan Thomas: Out of Africa

Call at SunriseMorning Dance
Zenith
Evening Dance
Cradle Song

Dusan Bogdanovic:
Blues and Seven Variations

————-Intermission————-

J.S.Bach: Sonata for solo violin BWV 1001 (arr. by Denis Azabagic)

Adagio
Fuga
Siciliana
Presto

Vojislav Ivanovic: Café pieces                                       

Tear Prelude
Funny Valse
Tango Café
Lullaby for Srdjan
Improvisation and Dance

Vida Guitar Quartet – UK

 

Vida Guitar QuartetVida Guitar Quartet – UK

Fort Worth
7:30pm, Thursday, April 3, 2014
Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium
at the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth

Dallas
8:00pm, Friday, April 4, 2014
University Park United Methodist Church

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The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (Gramophone)

VIDAʼs ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (Classic FM) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic). VIDAʼs seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. Thereʼs only one word for it: magic” (Gramophone).

Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK venues including Kingʼs Place (London), The Sage (Gateshead) and St Georgeʼs (Bristol). They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe and in 2011 VIDA made their US debuts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). VIDA were recently artists in residence at CSU’s Summer Arts program in Monteray Bay CA.

Following on from their acclaimed debut CD, ʻLove, the Magicianʼ (BGS118) VIDA will be releasing their new CD, ʻRhapsodyʼ in 2013 featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. VIDA are D’Addario string classical artists.

“Vida sparkled with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of colour and breathtaking range of dynamics and percussive effects that held the audience spellbound … the visual interplay between them enhancing an already superb performance. These are outstanding musicians, if you can, go hear them play.” Acoustic

“exquisite tonal and dynamic control, super-tight ensemble and unerring musical instinct. Thereʼs only one word for it: magic” Gramophone

”VIDA conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects … they play with technical brilliance and precise ensemble, creating alternately smoky and glittering colours in Fallaʼs El amor brujo that suit the gypsy heart of the music so well.” Classic FM

“Their range of timbres and colouration is so broad that one really does forget that there are four identical instruments. Their dynamic control, which ranges from an almost inaudible pianissimo to ranging fortissimos, is impressive.The Vida Guitar Quartetʼs ensemble throughout is exemplary and seemingly achieved with ease … their blending of tone is remarkably unified. The recording is well balanced and natural, with a warm tone quality and intimate clarity. This is a thoroughly enjoyable disc.” International Record Review

PROGRAM

 

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) (arr. Mark Ashford)

The Miller’s Dance

 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) (arr. Mark Eden)

Simple Symphony

Boisterous Bourrée
Playful Pizzicato
Sentimental Saraband
Frolicsome Finale

George Gershwin (1898-1937) (arr. Chris Stell)

Rhapsody in Blue

Intermission

Adam Gorb (b.1958) (arr. Mark Eden)

Yiddish Dances

Khosidl
Terkische
Doina
Hora
Freylachs

Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) (arr. Mark Ashford)
English Dances Suite No.2

 

Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875) (arr. William Kanengiser)

Carmen Suite

Aragonaise
Habanera
Seguidilla
Toreadors

Mak Grgic´- Slovenia

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Fort Worth
7:30pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Dallas
7:30pm, Friday, November 15, 2013
University Park United Methodist Church

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At 25, Mak GRGIC was recently hailed by the Washington Post as “a lyrical insightful player …as playing with “beauty” and “intelligence,” calling his interpretations nuanced and introspective.” Critic Stephen Brookes proclaimed his performance of Weiss’s Passacaglia in D Major a “high point of the evening” offering “a superb, finely detailed reading that showed Grgic is a guitarist to keep an eye on.”

Mak has been invited to venues worldwide, including the Sandpoint Festival with the Spokane Symphony, the Allegro Guitar Series in Texas, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, in performance with the Assad Brothers and cello super-star Joshua Roman for Strings on Fire, Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD, Pepperdine University as a guest of Christopher Parkening, Portland Classical Guitar, Guitar Festival Mikulov, Piran Music Nights and The Sounds of Six Strings, Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia. As a new Young Artist in Residence at Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, he will appear with JACK Quartet in the premiere of a new work by composer and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, David Crowell, and in recitals with the young, brilliant cellist Jeremiah Campbell.

He has performed at the Grande Auditorium di Espinho, Espinho and Teatro di Fafe, Fafe Municipality in Portugal, Teatro Cervantes de Bejar, Salamanca, Castile-Leon in Spain, International Music Council of the European Broadcasting Union in an all instrument “New Talent” Competition in Bratislava, representing the Republic of Slovenia, and a performance with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Ivo Lipanovic – Gallus Hall, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Dallas Opera with Chamber Orchestra in performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse, the Lancaster Festival in Ohio, where he performed Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, conducted by Gary Sheldon, conductor of the Miami City Ballet. Other dates include performances with the renowned JACK Quartet where they premiered a new guitar quintet by the most distinguished of young Slovenian composers, Nina Senk, as well as the Croatian Chamber Philharmonic in Europe and at the “Musica a 4 Stelle” summer festival in Grado, Italy, the Guitar Festival at William Patterson University in New Jersey, St. Donat’s Church in Zadar, Croatia, and the Atrium of the City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has been reviewed and interviewed around the world by magazines, newspapers and radio stations such as KPBX in Spokane, Washington, UNIVOX and National Radio in Slovenia, National TV and Radio in Croatia, Thüringische Landeszeitung in Germany, Jutarnji List in Croatia, the popular family magazine Jana in Slovenia, Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, Classical Guitar Magazine in the UK and Il Messaggero and Chitarra Classica in Italy and The Washington Post.

He recently recorded music for the film Regrets of White Camellias staring Cybill Shepherd to be released in 2012.

Mak recently took first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy and the Pacific Guitar Festival and Competition 2011 in California, and has been honored with highest prizes at: the Andres Segovia International Competition for young guitarists in Velbert, Germany, the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition in Vienna, Austria, the International Guitar Competition in Arrenzano, Italy, the Anna Amalia Competition for young guitarists in Weimar, Germany, the International Guitarart Festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia and the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Italy.

Born in 1987 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mak follows in a distinguished line of some of today’s finest young guitarists emerging from the Croatian school of guitar. In Zagreb he studied with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. At the moment he is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is also a newly appointed TA at USC at the Thornton School of Music.

Duo Siqueira Lima – Brazil

Duo Siqueira LimaDuo Siqueira Lima – Brazil

Fort Worth
7:30pm Thursday, February 13, 2014
University Christian Church
2720 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109

Dallas
8:00pm Friday, February 14, 2014
University Park United Methodist Church

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The guitar duo of Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima began this work in the end of 2002, one year after having shared the 1st prize as soloists, in the II International Guitar Competition PRO MUSICA/SESC, in Caxias do Sul (RS – Brazil).

Since the beginning, the duo is receiving exceptional critics, having a quickly national and international projection and today is considered one of the most important Brazilian chamber groups.

Having recorded two CDs, being the last one, Lado a Lado (Side by Side), dedicated to the Brazilian music, with their own arrangements of great popular composers themes, like Cesar Camargo Mariano, Dominguinhos, João Bosco, Gilson Peranzzetta, Sivuca, Hermeto Paschoal, Pixinguinha, Pattapio Silva among others.

In November 2007 they had their seventh tour in Europe where “Debut” in the National Concert Hall in Dublin-Ireland and in the Cultural Arts Center in Saint Petersburg-Russia. The Duo international carrier includes concerts in countries like Uruguay, Spain, Italy, England, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, and Russia.

From places and events in Brazil and exterior we can cite the followings: Conversa de Músico Program (TV Senado, Brasilia); II International Guitar Meeting (Tatuí-SP); Municipal Theatre of Araraquara (SP); Pedro II Theatre (Ribeirão Preto-SP); Souza Lima Guitar Festival, Judean Culture Centre and São Paulo Arts Museum – MASP (São Paulo-SP); International Festival Abel Carlevaro (Montevideo-Uruguay); Hondarribia Guitar Festival (Hondarribia – Spain); Festival de Guitare de Lausanne (Lausanne- Switzerland); Palazzina Liberty (Milano-Italy); “Ësterhaze” Castel (where Joseph Haydn lived- Fertöd- Hungary); Congresowa Palace (Warsaw-Poland); Festival of World Cultures, Bank of Ireland and National Concert Hall (Dublin-Ireland), Arts Centre Theatre (Minsk-Belarus); International Musical Festival (Kaluga – Russia); and Jazz Festival (Saint Petersburg – Russia).

The duo has studied with the professor Henrique Pinto, as well as with Paulo Martelli and Fábio Zanon. In the eclectic repertoire of the group, besides original works, we can find transcriptions and arrangements of an immense variety of compositors from the Baroque till the Popular Brazilian Music. This repertory consists of great works like some Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach, Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, as well as pieces from the Choro’s universe, with composers like Pixinguinha, Waldir Azevedo, etc.

For this versatility and serious work, the duo was cited in the Violão Pro magazine (November 2007), as “a great revelation of the Brazilian guitar”.

PROGRAM

I Parte

D. Scarllatti     Sonata K. 133*

G. F. Handel     Chaconne in G*

F. Mendelssohn       Songs Without Words – Op. 53, n. 2*
–  Op. 19, n.4*
– Op. 30, n.2*

J. Rodrigo      Tonadilla
–  Allegro ma non troppo
– Minueto pomposo

Manuel De Falla      La Vida Breve

II Parte

Ary Barroso      Aquarela do Brasil*

Radames Gnatalli/Pixinguinha      Canhoto/Um a Zero*

 H. Villa-Lobos      A Lenda do Caboclo (Arr. João Luiz Rezende Lopes)
Preludio das Bachianas N. 4 (arr. Sergio Abreu)

Astor Piazzolla     Primavera Porteña*

Hugo Fattorusso      Candombe*

Cesar Camargo Mariano     Cristal*

Dominguinhos      Homenagem ao Chiquinho do Acordeom*
Contrato de Separação*

Hermeto Paschoal      Forró Brasil /Feira de Mangaio (Sivuca)*

 *Arr. Duo Siqueira Lima