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2009-2010 Concert Season

Grand Canyon Guitar Society is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 Concert Season at the Coconino Center for the Arts (see map). This year is our “Recession Buster Concert Season”! We believe firmly that music is an antidote to the uncertainty that our society has been facing. Music has the power to transport us away from our daily concerns and offers a glimpse into other realms, if only for a few fleeting moments. We are grateful that you are willing to spend a few hours with our outstanding visiting artists to forget about your troubles and unwind with some excellent musical experiences!

This season’s lineup will be the best yet! Don’t miss the return engagements of Grammy Winner Bill Kanengiser or Carlos Pérez (both still rank near the top of my list of “favorite GCGS concerts”), nor should you miss one of the world’s finest guitar duets (SoloDuo) in March 2010. We are excited to bring you the up and coming young artists you might not know yet- Spain’s Rafael Aguirre plays in November, and Gabriel Bianco (Guitar Foundation of America’s first place winner in 2008) visits from France in January 2010. Guitar legend Michael Lorimer makes his Flagstaff debut in October, and we proudly present local guitar master Tom Sheeley in a holiday time concert in late November.

All concerts are presented in partnership with the Flagstaff Cultural Partners. Thank you for supporting the arts and music in Flagstaff, and we look forward to seeing you again this season!

The full schedule of concerts is:

GCGS and FCP partner with the express purpose of bringing these performers to a quality performance setting that would match their art form. The Coconino Center for the Arts fits the bill.

“In the intimate setting of the theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts,” says John Tannous, Executive Director for Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the CCA, “these performers will truly shine. There is a magic here when artist and performer can connect so closely.”

For more information about the Concert Series, please contact Grand Canyon Guitar Society at (928) 213-0752 or info@CanyonGuitar.org.

Information about each artist is listed below in this document. High quality PHOTOS of artists available upon request.

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William Kanengiser
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $28 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

William Kanengiser

Recognized as one of America’s most brilliant guitarists, William Kanengiser has developed a unique repertoire for his instrument, ranging from dazzling arrangements of Mozart, Handel, and Bartók to his innovative excursions into the music of Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “dizzying execution” and “exceeding vitality and warmth,” Mr. Kanengiser has performed in recital and as guest soloist with orchestras in virtually every major American city, ranging from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, as well as throughout Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Through unusual commissions and a creative approach to transcription, Mr. Kanengiser has won recognition for expanding the repertory beyond the staples of guitar literature. He has performed and recorded works written for him by composers as diverse as Dusan Bogdanovich, Ian Krouse, and Brian Head, and has won consistent praise for his own transcriptions of scores from the traditional repertory, most notably Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A major (featuring the “Rondo Alla Turka”), which he prepared for the Columbia Pictures release, Crossroads, in which he was Ralph Macchio’s guitar double and coach. Many of these arrangements have been published by GSP, Gendai Guitar, and Doberman Editions.

Mr. Kanengiser’s solo recordings are heard exclusively on the GSP label. His first recording, Ronda Alla Turka, won an “INDIE” award for Best Classical Recording. His second solo CD, Echoes from the Old World, features music of the folk traditions of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The third, Caribbean Souvenirs, comprises music from the Caribbean and Mexico. His most recent recording is Classical Cool, a 2003 GSP release, includes jazz-inspired compositions and arrangements for classical guitar. A fifth CD, Groovetune, featuring Mr. Kanengiser’s interpretations of music from fingerstyle masters including Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny, Ozzie Kotani, Michael Hedges, and others, will be released in 2007.

Mr. Kanengiser’s first live studio concert DVD Classical Guitar and Beyond was released in October 2006 by Mel Bay Publications; the album also includes his now-infamous comedy imitation show from the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America Festival. He has also produced two popular Hot Licks instructional videos, recently reissued on DVD, Effortless Classical Guitar and Classical Guitar Mastery. Elsewhere in the media, Mr. Kanengiser for two years hosted his own weekly radio show on KKGO-FM in Los Angeles.

As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser tours extensively throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, and has recorded for the GHA, Delos, and Sony Classical labels. LAGQ currently records exclusively for Telarc. Their 2001 Telarc release, LAGQ: Latin, was nominated for a Grammy, and their follow-up recording LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album of 2004. The latest release, Spin, features an original composition by Mr. Kanengiser for four guitars, “Turn to the Sea.” LAGQ recently released a live concert DVD for Mel Bay Publications, LAGQ LIVE!, and will record a CD of Brazilian music with jazz singer Luciana Souza in 2007.

Beyond his work with LAGQ, Mr. Kanengiser has performed chamber music at festivals and concerts with a wide range of noted artists and ensembles, including the Miami String Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, flutist Marina Piccinini, pianist Mia Chung, violinist Maria Bachmann, and recorder artist Aldo Abreu.

Mr. Kanengiser won First Prize of the 1987 Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as major international competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). The recipient of two Solo Recitalist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, he was also chosen as one of Musical America’s Outstanding Young Artists. A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles since 1983, he has given master classes at conservatories and guitar festivals around the world. Born in Orange, New Jersey, Mr. Kanengiser studied at the University of Southern California, being named Outstanding Graduate of the School of Music upon the completion of both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. His principal teachers were Malcolm Hamilton, Pepe Romero, and James F. Smith.

www.Kanengiser.com

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Michael Lorimer
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20 day of show - call (928) 213-0752
This concert is underwritten by an anonymous donor.

Michael Lorimer

In April 1984, Andrés Segovia said "Michael Lorimer is one of the most talented guitarists and is the one that I appreciate the most." Lorimer was Segovia's favorite of the generation of John Williams and Christopher Parkening. Don't miss this concert!  Lorimer’s program will include Segovia's arrangement of Albéniz's Zambra Granadina. See Segovia teach Lorimer Zambra on YouTube.com. Lorimer’s program will also feature Barrios, Villa-Lobos, and the Mexican composer, García de León, whose exciting music Lorimer has championed. Lorimer has appeared in Israel, the Soviet Union and throughout Europe and North America. Lorimer’s extensive repertoire includes traditional classics, Americana, new music and 17th and 18th century guitar music. In publishing, the “Michael Lorimer Edition” numbers over forty volumes.

Michael Lorimer, a favorite protégé of Andrés Segovia, caught the attention of American audiences in the early 1970s through tours arranged by the great impresario Sol Hurok. His popularity soon extended beyond the shores of America. He was the first American guitarist invited to perform in major cities of the USSR in 1975 and was received with such enthusiasm that he was immediately re-engaged for a 1977 tour. He has appeared in Israel, throughout Europe, on most major North American recital series, and with the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Louisville, New Orleans and San Francisco.

Lorimer's command of an extensive repertoire is unique. His concerts reflect his enthusiasm for music of many periods and styles and often combine traditional classics, Americana, new music and seventeenth and eighteenth century guitar music performed on a Baroque guitar. In addition to concerts, he gives master classes at North American universities and conservatories from coast to coast. He is an engaging spokesman in demand for experimental programs in arts presentation.

In the television field, USA Public Broadcasting (PBS) has presented a special, “The Artistry of Michael Lorimer”, and in publishing, Mel Bay distributes the “Michael Lorimer Edition” which now numbers over twenty volumes.

Away from music, Michael reads ardently on an expanse of subjects: from sciences to arts. In 1973, he played a benefit concert for the Hereditary Disease Foundation and for the past twelve years he has also been involved with the U.S. - Venezuela Huntington's Collaborative Research Project. He is moved by the tragedy of Huntington's disease for family and friends and he is inspired by the courage and cooperation of the wonderful people in Venezuela who for the past 20 years have helped with research to find a cure for Huntington's Disease. Michael has tried to give of himself to make life better for others and that generosity is exemplified here with his contribution of his art to TigerTunes.com, a label that gives 100% of its profits to charity.

“Michael Lorimer is one of the most talented guitarists of these times and is the one that I appreciate the most. He has tamed his guitar well through a fluent and precise technique and his musicianship succeeds in solving arduous problems of interpretation through his intuition and reflection. As a human being he follows the order of the heart rather than the order of the intellect. In this record he has collected three compositions of mine, follies of my youth, except for the one named “Estudio Sin Luz” which I composed after an operation in one of my eyes for displacement of the retina. I am sure that Michael Lorimer will lift these ingenuous pieces from their long sleep and make them joyfully sonorous.”

ANDRÉS SEGOVIA
New York, April 22, 1984

http://www.tigertunes.com/michael_lorimer_biog.html

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Rafael Aguirre Miñarro
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

All tickets purchased within one week of this concert will be available for pickup 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Box Office.

Rafael Aguirre Miñarro

Rafael Aguirre Miñarro, born in Malaga in 1984, began his musical studies at the age of seven in Malaga Conservatory. He was trained by Teresa Garcia de Candido, Manuel Jesus Perez Vela, Miguel Tojar and Javier Chamizo always receiving the best marks. He attended numerous master classes where he met guitarists with worldwide reputation, such as Joaquin Clerch, Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Pavel Steidl, Marco Socias, Roberto Aussel, Costas Cotsiolis, Thomas Müller-Pering, Ricardo Gallen, Alex Garrobe, Alirio Diaz, Ivan Rijos and Jean Maurice Mourat.

When he was 16 years old he made his debut as a soloist with the Young Philharmonic of Malaga performing „Concierto de Aranjuez“, and he gave concerts in well-known concert halls in Morocco and Spain (Teatro Villamarta, Teatro Cervantes, Centre Moulay Rachid of Casablanca, Instituto Cervantes of Tanger). Recently he gave concerts, conducted by Mark-Andreas Schlingensiepen, with the symphony orchestra of the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in the „Tonhalle“ in Düsseldorf and maked his debut in Berlin in the “Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin-Brandenburg“ (Academy of Scientists Berlin Brandenburg) playing in the Leibniz Saal and in the Spanish Embassy.He has played with the Almeria Simphony Orchestra and the Andalusian young Orchestra under the baton of Michael Thomas.

www.rafaelaguirre.com

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Thomas Sheeley
Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 8:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $18 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

All tickets purchased within one week of this concert will be available for pickup 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Box Office.

Thomas Sheeley

Grand Canyon Guitar Society is proud to present Mr. Sheeley in a traditional holiday time concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts. This concert follows the “It’s Elemental” Art Opening in the Center for the Arts’ Gallery space.

Thomas Sheeley has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist. In 1995 he was selected to join the Artistic Ambassador Program of the United States Information Agency and Arts America. Following his acceptance into this program he was featured in a highly successful tour of Latin America which included solo recitals, chamber concerts and master classes.

A student of Manuel Lopez Ramos and Patrick Read, he teaches at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he directs the guitar studies and teaches courses in American Music and Contemporary Music Literature.

http://www.cal.nau.edu/music/faculty/sheeley.asp

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Gabriel Bianco
Friday, January 29, 2010 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

All tickets purchased within one week of this concert will be available for pickup 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Box Office.

Gabriel Bianco

Having performed concerts regularly for the last five years, Gabriel Bianco has earned first prize in international competitions in Austria (Vienna), Germany (Koblenz), France (Ile de Ré and Barbezieux ), Poland (Tychy) and Portugal (Sernancelhe). His most recent win at the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America Competition has earned him the coveted 50-concert tour in the United States, Mexico, and Canada with additional concerts in Brazil, China, and Colombia.

Gabriel Bianco is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. He has already performed in over 30 music festivals across the world in France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, and Thaïland. At the age of 12, he performed for French television (Mezzo), and later appeared on Romanian television (TVR Cultura).

Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel received an early start on the guitar when he began lessons with his father at age 5. A few years later, he began his studies in Paris with Ramon de Herrera at the Conservatoire National de Région, Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris and later at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he received the highest performance distinction under the teaching of Olivier Chassain. Since 2005 Gabriel has studied with French virtuoso Judicael Perroy.

Bianco's first major recording will be released in 2009 by the Naxos label. He plays on Savarez strings.

http://guitarfoundation.org/drupal/tour

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Carlos Pérez
Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

All tickets purchased within one week of this concert will be available for pickup 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Box Office.

Carlos Pérez

Carlos Pérez was born in Santiago in 1976. His interest in guitar playing started at an early age through his father. He studied under Ernesto Quezada at the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile where graduated with top honors.

He was awarded top prizes in major international competitions in Europe and America, winning first prize in: “Alirio Díaz”, Venezuela; “René Bartoli”, France; “Printemps de La Guitare”, Belgium; “Forum Gitarre”, Austria; “Fundacion Guerrero” Spain and “Joaquín Rodrigo Competition” Spain.

He has issued eight CDs, two DVDs, and recorded at several European radios. He has given recitals in more than thirty countries in North, Central, and South America as well as Europe, and has played with orchestras from England, Belgium, the United States, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Chile. His international activity have taken him to play at Berlin Philarmonie (Germany), Auditorio Nacional (Spain), Royal Festival Hall (England), Teatro Monumental (Spain), and other prestigious concert halls.

Carlos has participated in many Guitar and Chamber Music Festivals around the world and is constantly invited to give master classes and lectures at Universities and Schools of Music in Latin America, Europe and USA. He joins the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile as Proffesor since 2008.

Editions Henry Lemoine of France, Productions d’Oz of Canada and Grenzland-Verlag Theo Hüsgen of Germany have published some of his arrangements and compositions.

“Without a doubt, his musical ability is that of legends… Perez is a marvelous artist, fleet of finger, facile but never shallow. He's at home in a variety of styles and brought them all to vivid musical life”.
St. Louis Today, St. Louis- Missouri, USA, 4 de Abril de 2007.

www.CarlosPerez.cl

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SoloDuo
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 7:00PM

Coconino Center for the Arts
Tickets: $28 day of show - call (928) 213-0752

All tickets purchased within one week of this concert will be available for pickup 30 minutes prior to the concert at the Coconino Center for the Arts Box Office.

SoloDuo

Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli - two among the most active and famous Italian guitarists - met in Texas, far away from native Italy, in Autumn 2000. Since then, they have shared a number of ideas, musical projects, and travels all over the world.

In 2002, with violinist Ivan Rabaglia and cellist Enrico Bronzi, they created a chamber music group devoted to the discovery of unknown works from the XIX Century repertoire. A year later, in 2003, they formed a duo that has already performed throughout Europe and North America, and has been acclaimed everywhere as one of the best ensembles ever heard.

Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa's Three Quartets, op. 19, Antoine de Lhoyer's Music for two Guitars, and a selections of Masterworks of the 20th Century (forthcoming), as well as half a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Kookaburra, Stradivarius, Brilliant Records and Mel Bay.

Matteo Mela was born in Imperia in 1971. A student of Renzo Doria Miglietta in his hometown, he moved to Cremona to pursue his studies of musicology at the University. In Cremona he met Giovanni Puddu, who played a major role in his musical education; at the same time, he had the chance to attend the classes of Angelo Gilardino, Alirio Diaz, Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, the Assad brothers. Moreover, he studied chamber music at the Accademia Pianistica di Imola with Dario De Rosa, Alexander Lonquich, and Pier Narciso Masi.

As a member of the Mela-Bandini duo Matteo won - between 1991 and 1998 - the first prize in several prestigious chamber music competitions, such as the Aram (Rome) 1992, the F. Cilea Competition in 1993, the GMI in 1994, the Città di Gubbio, Città di Caltanissetta and Perugia Classico Competitions in 1995. Recently he has been enjoying regular collaboration with Lorenzo Micheli in a number of projects.

Matteo also regularly gives recitals and makes tv and radio appearances across Europe and North America (recent engagements have included performances in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Paris, Hamburg, Cologne, Warsaw, Oslo, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston).

A teacher at the Accademia di Perfezionamento "G. Caccini" in Montopoli Val d’Arno and at the Accademia Musicale Tema in Milan, Matteo has released a CD of Latin American Dances (Quadrivium, with G. Bandini) and the solo CD Italian virtuosos of the nineteenth century (Kookaburra), as well as the Three Quartets, op. 19, by french composer François de Fossa (CD Stradivarius). His forthcoming new CD includes Astor Piazzolla’s complete guitar music, featuring Ivan Rabaglia (violin), Lorenzo Micheli (guitar), Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon) and the Piazzolla String Ensemble.

Hailed by the musical critics as "virtuoso extraordinaire" (Nice Matin, France), "absolutely astonishing" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, USA), "prodigious talent" (Soundboard, USA), "the prince of the guitar" (Suonare, Italy), Lorenzo Micheli is today one of the most important and active Italian guitarists in the world. A student of Paola Coppi in Milan, Frédéric Zigante in Lausanne and Oscar Ghiglia in Siena and Basel, he graduated with full marks from both the Conservatory of Trieste and the Musik-Akademie of Basel.

Since winning the first prize in some of the most important guitar competitions in the world (Gargnano, 1996; Alessandria, 1997; ARAM, Rome 1999; Mauro Giuliani, 1999; Guitar Foundation of America, 1999), Lorenzo Micheli has taken up a busy concert career throughout the world, performing regularly-both as a soloist and with orchestra-in many European countries (Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Germany, the UK, France, Croatia, Finland, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia) and all over the US and Canada, as well as in Africa and Latin America. He gives masterclasses at universities and music festivals throughout North America and Europe, and he has made recordings for radio and TV in three continents. As years go by, he is more and more involved in chamber music projects with friends Matteo Mela (guitar), Ivan Rabaglia (violin) and Enrico Bronzi (cello).

His several recordings, reflecting his leaning towards works written originally for the guitar, include the music of Dionisio Aguado (Stradivarius), a selection of guitar works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Naxos), the Three Quartets, op. 19, by the French composer François de Fossa with Matteo Mela and the members of the Parma String Trio (Stradivarius), the complete works for solo guitar by Miguel Llobet (Naxos), the complete guitar Concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Brilliant), as well as the live video Live at Texas Tech University (Mel Bay).

www.soloduo.it

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