On Friday, November 9, 2012, the Dale Mabry SGA Guitar Series presented its second concert of the 2012-2013 Season. Stephen Robinson played to a very enthusiastic crowd of 260. His program took us on a musical trip around the world beginning with a couple of very nice character pieces by Quique Sinesi, an Argentinian guitarist and composer and were followed by some beloved Spanish compositions by Isaac Albéniz, Asturias and Torre Bermeja. From there he musically touched on Turkey with Carlo Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba, England with John Lennon’s Imagine, Brazil with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Felicidad, landing finally in France with Roland Dyens’ Fuoco. The audience greatly enjoyed our visit from this world renowned virtuoso.
The Guitar Series continued in the 2013 Spring term with Russian virtuoso, Vladimir Gorbach on February 8th. Mr. Gorbach began his concert day with a WUSF radio interview at the University of South Florida to discuss his concert that he was playing that evening at HCC. The concert, with 271 in attendance, contained pieces from his award winning performance at the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America competition where he placed first. This program demonstrated mastery of dazzling technique and musical sensitivity. The highlights of his program include, Suite Collectici Intim, a major guitar work by Vicente Asencio, and one wonders why it’s not played more often. One of the more captivating technical feats of the evening was a variation played with only the left hand in Miguel Llobet’s Variaciones sobre un tema de F. Sor, Op. 15. This performance was so incredible that the audience called him back for a curtain call with a standing ovation. Mr. Gorbach was happy to oblige by playing an encore, which was a technical tour de force. Dr. Richard Long, retired editor of Soundboard Magazine and retired HCC History Professor said it most succinctly when he said “His encore was a luminous resurrection of the Bergamese guitarist Benvenuto Terzi’s Carillon, a delicately beautiful study in harmonics”.
The Dale Mabry SGA Guitar Series will have two more concerts this term. HCC’s very own Professor of Music, Dr. Mark Switzer, will perform on March 1st and world renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux on March 22nd. Both concerts are in the Dale Mabry Student Service Auditorium and begin at 8:00 pm.
For more information about the Dale Mabry SGA Guitar Series, please contact Dr. Mark Switzer firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kathryn Pantelis email@example.com
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