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Kimbell Art Museum –
Renzo Piano Pavillion Auditorium
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107
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Montgomery Arts Theater
Booker T. Washington High School
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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)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Waltz Op. 64 # 2
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849)
Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Mariano Mores (1918-2016)
(arrangement, Jorge Morel)
Rumores de la Caleta
Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (1860-1909)
Virginia Luque (Timeless)
Nostalgias de mi tierra
Buleria “La romería”
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.)
Thu, Apr 16 2015, 7:30pm
Renzo Piano Pavilion
Fri, Apr 17 2015, 8:00pm
University Park United Methodist Church
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.
Brasil Guitar Duo — Program and Program Notes — 2014-2015 Season
Jean Philip Rameau, Pieces de Clavecin*
David Leisner, Ghosting**
Leo Brouwer, Sonata de Los Viajeros
Leo Brouwer, Triptico
Egberto Gismonti, Selected Pieces*
A Fala da Paixao
Agua & Vinho
Strawa no Sertao
*arranged by Joao Luiz
** dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo
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 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
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, (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.
Denis Azabagic uses D’Addario strings
Vicente Asencio: Suite Valenciana
Alan Thomas: Out of Africa
Call at SunriseMorning Dance
Blues and Seven Variations
J.S.Bach: Sonata for solo violin BWV 1001 (arr. by Denis Azabagic)
Vojislav Ivanovic: Café pieces
Lullaby for Srdjan
Improvisation and Dance