Segovia Classical Guitar Series

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Evanston, Illinois, USA
Festival Contact Information

Phone: (01) 847-491-5441

Festival Description

The Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society invite you to experience the guitar in all its variety — from beloved classics and delicate, expressive baroque works to the stirring rhythms of the tango. Celebrate the many facets of guitar virtuosity with this year’s Segovia Classical Guitar Series!

Festival Dates February 4 - April 14, 2012
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Festival Events:

Program 2009 - 2010:
  • Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company: A Compás - In the Rhythm
    Thursday, October 15, 7:30pm
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $32/28/10
    • Guitarist, composer, dramatist, and mentor Paco Peña and his company return to Pick-Staiger with a new program celebrating the power and grace of flamenco music and dance. “A Compás - In the Rhythm” draws the audience into a range of compelling rhythms, from the almost tribal, trance-inducing quality of the alboréa to the razor-sharp complexity of the bulería. The Australian journal The Age declares that Peña and his troupe “exude a powerful magnetism that gleams with vitality.”
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
    Saturday, November 7, 7:30pm
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $26/22/10
    John Dearman, Matt Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant, guitar; Philip Proctor, narrator
    • The Los Angeles Times enthuses, “The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical élan, and questing spirits.” With a nearly 30-year performing history, the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet continue to set the guitar ensemble standard for expression and virtuosity. The quartet’s album LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes earned them a Grammy Award for best classical crossover recording in 2005. Their program at this concert includes Manuel de Falla’s “Danza Ritual del Fuego” from El Amor Brujo, Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite, and The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote, arranged and adapted for the stage by William Kanengiser, with special guest artist Philip Proctor.
  • Eliot Fisk
    Saturday, February 27, 7:30pm
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $24/21/10
    • Eliot Fisk is recognized worldwide for his groundbreaking transcriptions of baroque and classical works as well as his generosity in bringing music to schools, hospitals, prisons, and other unconventional venues. Many of his recordings have made the Billboard charts as bestsellers, and in 2006 he was awarded the Cruz de Isabel la Católica by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his service to the cause of Spanish music. Germany’s Passauer Neue Presse declares, “Fisk brings out melodies and voices as only a Bach or a Paganini might have intended.”
  • The Assads and Friends: De Volta As Raizes (Back to Our Roots)
    Thursday, April 8, 7:30pm
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, $26/22/10
    Sérgio and Odair Assad, guitar; Christiane Karam, vocals; Clarice Assad, piano and vocals; Jamey Haddad, percussion
    • “Their speed, their gorgeous tone, their uncanny musical memories…and their ability to play thousands of notes without a single clinker, click, or buzz are the stuff of guitar gods,” raves the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of the Assad brothers. In a program that returns to their ancestral Lebanese musical roots, Sérgio and Odair Assad perform new settings of ancient and modern Lebanese texts by award-winning songwriter and vocalist Christiane Karam. Joined by internationally renowned percussionist Jamey Haddad and Sérgio’s daughter Clarice Assad, a brilliant musician in her own right, they explore the fascinating rhythmic connections between Middle Eastern and Brazilian music.
  • Oscar Ghiglia and Elena Papandreou with the Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo: La Guitarra!
    Saturday, April 17, 7:30pm
    Lutkin Hall, $20/17/10
    • Composer Manuel de Falla once declared the guitar “the instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities.” In a celebration of the instrument’s versatility, Italian guitarist Oscar Ghiglia and Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou collaborate with Northwestern and DePaul faculty members Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell in a lively and varied program of guitar solos, duos, and trios. Enjoy exciting works by some of today’s most innovative guitarist-composers as well as beloved Spanish and Latin classics by Manuel de Falla, Manuel Ponce, and Joaquin Rodrigo. Don’t miss this convivial exploration of the guitarist’s art.


Practical Info:

  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (PSCH)
    50 Arts Circle Drive
    Evanston, Illinois
  • Lutkin Hall (LH)
    700 University Place
    Evanston, Illinois
  • By phone
    (01) 847-467-4000


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