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“Concerto of the South” by Ponce on Next Fretworks

22, 2013

Mexican composer Manuel Ponce wrote a fine guitar concerto for Andreas Segovia in 1941, using his own original theme and native Mexican rhythms and harmonies. The Concierto del Su by Manuel Ponce will be featured on Fretworks Saturday evening between 7 and 8 p.m.

At 72, Guitarist John Williams Plans to Retire Soon

19, 2013

It’s being reported that Classical guitarist John Williams, who is 72, plans to retire soon. Apparently, he has not made an official announcement yet, but I am a little surprised to hear the news since he is still playing at such a high level.

Dvorak for Mandolins and Schubert for Guitar on Next Fretworks

6, 2013

Fretworks, our weekly program for music for the classical guitar, will feature several unique arrangements for the next broadcast on Saturday evening at 7 pm here on Classical 101. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances have long been popular in their orchestral version, but we have one of them arranged for the Toulouse Mandolin Ensemble [...]

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

26, 2013

Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that’s simply enchanting.

Music from England, France, Germany, and Italy on Next Fretworks

11, 2013

On the next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7, we will feature music from England, France, Germany and Italy as a part of “International Guitar Month.”

Mozart, Mandolins, and Debussy on Next Fretworks

Different types of Mandolins
Different types of Mandolins
March 28, 2013

The next Fretworks broadcast Saturday evening at 7 features Mozart, mandolins, and Debussy in the mix.  We will stray a little from the standard classical guitar repertoire with Fidium Concentus, a mandolin orchestra, playing music of 18th Century German composer Carl Stamitz.

Itzhak Perlman Accompanies – A Tuba? Your Monday Muppet Moment

3, 2013

Itzhak Perlman, a comedian? He was on Sesame Street.

Who’s the next Peter Schickele?

26, 2013

Peter Schickele, whom most of us know better in the rumpled persona of P.D.Q. Bach, has been focusing on his “serious music” of late. With that in mind, The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is hosting a contest for lies.

Next Fretworks: Bach on 8-String Guitar and Dvorak for 4 Mandolins

Paul Galbraith In Practice
Paul Galbraith In Practice
February 9, 2013

This week, we’ll hear Bach played on an unusual 8-string guitar by Paul Galbraith as well as the Modern Mandolin Quartet and guitarist John Williams.

Los Romeros and Music for Baroque Guitar on Next Fretworks

The guitar player (c. 1672, by Vermeer
The guitar player (c. 1672, by Vermeer
January 18, 2013

Saturday evening on Fretworks will feature the great Spanish guitar quartet Los Romeros with music of Vivaldi and Manuel de Falla, and we’ll have music of the 17th century by Francesco Corbetta for Baroque guitar in the mix. Listen at 7 pm on Classical 101.