On Friday, September 21, The Dale Mabry SGA Guitar Series held its first concert of the 2012-2013 season. Nearly 300 people attended this concert featuring French guitarist Gaëlle Solal. Ms. Solal lived up to her billing as “a guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity” in this phenomenal concert. It is easy to understand how such a young artist performed with such ease, aplomb, and audience rapport when you consider that she is the recipient of three gold medals in European music competitions and is the veteran of performances all over the world including venues in Germany, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Spain, France, Gabon, India, Iceland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Japan, and all over the USA.
She played an interesting mixture of mostly contemporary music by Maurice Ohana, a composer whose music is very heavily influenced by Mediterranean folk music, as well as Brazilian composers Guinga, Nazareth, Gismonti, and Garoto. The music of traditional favorite Isaac Albéniz was also included. At the end of her 60-minute presentation, the audience brought Ms. Solal back on stage for a curtain call and an encore, Num pagode em Planaltina by Marco Pereira, another contemporary Brazilian composer.
The next guitar concert for this season will feature Stephen Robinson on Friday, November 9, 2012 in Dale Mabry’s Student Auditorium at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices are as follows: HCC students are admitted free with their Hawkcard ID; children under 12 are admitted free; all others are $10. For more information on the Dale Mabry SGA Guitar Series, please contact artistic directors Dr. Mark Switzer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathryn Pantelis (email@example.com).
Article Written By: Mark Switzer and Kathryn Pantelis