Cameron University Guitar Ensemble to present winter concert

The Cameron University Guitar Ensemble will present a winter concert featuring the works of Bach, Poulenc and Koji Kondo along with Argentinian and Sephardic folk tunes and a Christmas medley on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Featured guitarists are Trevor Campbell and Hannah Esquer, Lawton; Tyler Farmer, Geronimo; Samuel Phillips, Sallisaw; and Wesley Stafford, Gulfport, Miss. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students/senior citizens/military. Cameron University faculty, staff and students are admitted at no charge with CU I.D. Seating is limited to 80 patrons.

“The program will be made up of works by contrasting composers, forming a diverse and eclectic concert,” says Dr. Kirsten Underwood, who directs the Cameron Guitar Ensemble. “We will also highlight several solos as well as a new composition by Samuel Phillips, one of the members of the ensemble.”

The concert will open with Bach’s “Suite No. 2,” written for transverse flute, violin, viola and basso continuo and arranged for guitar ensemble. Stafford will be featured on the principal guitar part. The ensemble will play the Rondeau, Sarabande, Bourée I and II, Polonaise, Minuet and Badinerie movements.

Francis Poulenc’s neo-classical “Suite Française” will feature Farmer on the principal part. Composed in 1935 to serve as incidental music for Édouard Bourdet's play “Margot,” this piece features humorous marches, a Pavane and a Sicilienne.

“This piece was originally written for wind instruments, drum and harpsichord,” says Underwood. “The ensemble has enjoyed the challenge involved in creating tone colors that will attempt to match those of the original composition.”

The “Suite Française” will be followed by two solo performances. Esquer will play Andrew York’s “Home”  and Stafford will play “Caprice” by Luigi Legnan.

The concert will move into folk music with arrangements of the traditional Sephardic song “A La Una Nací Yo,” and the Argentinian vidala “Noche de Luna.”  Sephardic music was that created by a Jewish ethnic community originally living in the Iberian peninsula.  A vidala is a folk song, one of many folk forms that originate in Argentina.

In the spirit of the approaching holiday season, the ensemble will highlight a set of carols, including “Deck the Halls,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “We Three Kings.”

The holiday set will be followed by a performance of “Electric Guitar Quartet,” a new piece written by Phillips, a composition major who will introduce his composition process before performing.

The final group of works is also contemporary.  The ensemble members have chosen “Yesterday” by Lennon and McCartney; “Speak Softly Love,” the theme from “The Godfather” by Nino Rota; and “Super Mario Brothers,” the video game theme by Koji Kondo

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

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PR 16-182

November 17, 2016