Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society invite you to experience a wealth of talen from around the globe - featuring a new generation of guitar virtuosos - in the 2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series. Join us for exciting programs ranging from vibrant Paraguayan melodies to sparkling baroque cantatas for lute and voice.
Below we've provided sample videos for each of the artists appearing in 2011 at Evanston's own Pick-Staiger hall. For more information on dates and ticket availability, please visit the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Site.
Berta Rojas, guitar
Moving gracefully between classical and folkloric repertoire, Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas has been praised by Guitar International for her "delicate, dynamic, and passionate performances." She has appeared at celebrated venues throughout the world, including sold-out concerts at the South Bank Centre in London and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Creator of the Barrios WorldWideWeb Competition, the world's first online competition for classical guitarists, Rojas is also a professor of guitar at George Washington University and Paraguay's ambassador of tourism. Her program includes selections from her albums Terruño, Cielo, Abierto, and Intimate Barrios.
"This is definitely a guitarist to watch," declares the Washington Post. Polish virtuoso Marcin Dylla has won 19 first-prize awards from prestigious competitions throughout Europe and the United States, including the 2006 International Guitar Competition in Spain and the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Los Angeles. In 2006 he gave the world premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo's newly discovered Toccata (1933). Dylla has appeared with major orchestras and has performed at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival. His 2008 release of works by Rodrigo, Tansman, Maw, and Ponce reached the Naxos Top 10 Bestselling Albums list.
Matteo Mela has released two solo albums and has made recital, television, and radio appearances throughout Europe and North America. Lorenzo Micheli appears regularly as soloist in recital and with orchestras worldwide and has rediscovered and published works by Llobet and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In 2003 they formed SoloDuo, and together they have performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Their recordings include works by de Fossa, de Lhoyer, and Giuliani as well as 19th- and 20th- century music for two guitars. Soundboard magazine describes their playing as "musical and virtuosic in equal measure" and "wonderfully full of life."
Ellen Hargis and Paul O'Dette
Soprano Ellen Gargis is artist-in-residence with Chicago's Newberry Consort and teaches at Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University and the Music Institute of Chicago. Dubbed "the baroque music diva" by the New Yorker magazine, she has also performed with such ensembles as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Washington choral Arts Society, and CBC Radio Orchestra. Leading lutenist Paul O'Dette is director of early music at the Eastman School of Music and artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival. Hail by Toronto's Globe and Mail as "the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument," he has appeared at music festivals worldwide and is featured on more than 130 recordings, garnering five Grammy Award nominations. Hargis and O'Dette present 17th-century cantatas for soprano and theorbo - ranging from humorous to dramatic - by Strozzi, Piccinini, Scarlatti, and Cesti.
Beijing Guitar Duo
Acclaimed for her 2005 live album, Meng Su has won top prizes at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Iserlohn international Guitar Competition. Yameng Wang became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at age 12 and two years later performed at the Paris International Guitar Art Week. These two rising stars met at Beijing's Central Conservatory and have toured worldwide since forming the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2008 at the Peabody Conservatory. Guitar master Sérgio Assad dedicated his Maracaípe to Su and Wang, and it is the title track of the duo's first album.