Bach on Banjo plus Concerto for Four Guitars on Fretworks

We’ll ring in the official start of summer on the next Fretworks program with banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck and his arrangement of J. S. Bach’s Prelude from the Violin Partita No. 3, a dazzling piece for any instrument.  For a calmer musical experience,  guitarist David Leisner will have American composer Lou Harrison’s lovely Serenade.

Also for the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, a musical journey to sunny Spain for Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto andaluz, a concerto for 4 guitars and orchestra.  The Romeros, one of the premier guitar quartets in the world, who happen to hail from that country, will be the soloists in a recording with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Neville Marriner.  Angel Romero, one of the founding members of “the royal family of the guitar,” will perform the Suite espanole of Gaspar Sanz, the important 17th century Spanish composer for the guitar.

To complete the hour, a little Gershwin arranged for the Alice Artzt Guitar Trio.  I’ll have their performance of Summertime from Porgy and Bess, and one of the Preludes for piano.

Join me for music of the classical guitar, and a little five-string banjo this week, on Fretworks, Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101.

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