The tenth anniversary season of Guitar Plus presents a very special concert, co-sponsored by the New York City Classical Guitar Society’s International Artists Series. On Friday, December 5, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, David Leisner and friends will perform a program of “Serenades and Premieres”. The program includes two New York Premieres by Pierre Jalbert (Sonatine for violin and guitar) and Vivian Fine (Canciones y Danzas for flute, cello and guitar), as well as two large-scale Serenades from the early 19th-century by Beethoven (Serenade, op. 8, arr. Matiegka, for violin, viola and guitar) and Diabelli Serenata Concertante, op. 105 for flute, viola and guitar). Jalbert is an extraordinarily gifted mid-career composer of orchestral and chamber music, who teaches at Rice University. Fine (1913-2000) was a prolific composer of orchestral and chamber music, quite well-known in her day, but like so many women composers of her time, vastly underrrated. The program is rounded out by the two large works by Beethoven and Diabelli. Wenzeslaus Matiegka’s period arrangement of the Beethoven Serenade is little-known, and it is lovely to have this delightful piece in the guitar chamber music repertoire. Diabelli’s dramatic piece is also rarely performed and is a fun way to end the program. Leisner’s illustrious collaborators on this exciting program are three extraordinary, very highly respected chamber musicians: flutist Tara O’Connor, violinist Jesse Mills, violist Mark Holloway and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.
December 5, 2017, 7:30 pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York
“Serenades and Premieres”
Beethoven Serenade, op. 8
Fine Canciones y Danzas
Diabelli, Serenata Concertante, op. 105
Tara O’Connor, flute
Jesse Mills, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
David Leisner, guitar
Guitar Plus is a series of concerts in New York City devoted to chamber music with guitar and other instruments, curated by Artistic Director, David Leisner. In past seasons, Guitar Plus has presented a mix of the new with the old, often featuring either premieres or music that has been unduly neglected. Composers whose works have been premiered on the series include Steve Mackey, Carlos Rivera, Clarice Assad, Alan Thomas, Akemi Naito, Paul Lansky, William Bland, George Crumb, David Del Tredici, Peter Sculthorpe, and David Leisner. Past performers presented included Philippe Quint and Soovin Kim, violin, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Cavatina Duo (Eugenia Moliner, flute, and Denis Azabagic, guitar), Tara O’Connor, flute, Courtenay Budd, soprano, William Ferguson, tenor, Crazy Jane (Patrick Mason, baritone, Daniel Druckman, percussion, David Starobin, guitar), Yolanda Kondonassis, harp, Enso String Quartet, Thomas Meglioranza, baritone, Arc Duo (Heather Holden, flute, and Bradley Colten, guitar), Jon Klibonoff, piano, Zuill Bailey and Jillian Blythe, cello, Samuel Zagnit, bass, Manhattan School of Music orchestral ensemble, Rufus Müller, tenor, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Brasil Guitar Duo, Michael Kelly, baritone, and Emanuele Segre, Fabio Zanon, Benjamin Verdery, Robert Belinic, Oren Fader, Daniel Lippel, Bradley Colten and David Leisner, guitar.