Friday, February 15, 2013

A Dream Tango with Guitarist Lawrence Ferrara 

 Bay Area classical guitarist Lawrence Ferrara performs “Dream Tango” by contemporary American composer Philip Rosheger and other compositions in a Guest Artist concert at Humboldt State on Friday evening, February 15. 

 Currently teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and other Bay Area institutions, Lawrence Ferrara has performed worldwide, including in Spain, Australia and Canada as well as at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. His solo performances have been praised by the New York Times as “subtle, intimate and inherently musical,” and by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “self-effacing purity.” 

 At HSU he will perform works from the Baroque era (Jean-Philippe Rameau), the Spanish Renaissance (Luis de Milan) and by 19th and 20th century composers from Spain and South America. These include “Four Venezuelan Valses” by Antonio Lauro, among the foremost 20th century South American composers for guitar.

 “I selected these pieces because I find the music expressive and easy to communicate—and I enjoy playing them,” Ferrara said. “I also factored in the key changes, style and mood to make the program interesting to listen to.” 

 As evidenced by this program, Ferrara plays a wide repertoire of music. He has also recorded African jazz with drummer S. Kwaku Daddy.

 In addition to his recital, Ferrara will conduct a Master Class at HSU on Saturday morning (Feb. 16) at 10 a.m. in Music Building A, Room 130. It is free and open to the public. 

 Guitarist Lawrence Ferrara performs on Friday, February 15 at 8 p.m. in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Tickets are $8/$3 students and seniors from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. A Guest Artist Concert produced by HSU Music Department.

Media: Tri-City Weekly, Humboldt State Now, Arcata Eye

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