Loyola Marymount University has planned a three-day festival dedicated to the guitar, with workshops, master classes and concerts dedicated to flamenco and classical styles of playing Friday through Sunday, March 17th to 19th, at the university’s Murphy Recital Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.
Special guest performers and teachers at the festival include classical and flamenco guitarist, dancer and singer Marija Temo; classical guitarist Paul Galbraith; and winner of the 2004 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition Goran Krivokapic.
Festival events include a concert by Temo at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17th. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $15 for students. On Saturday, March 18th, Krivokapic will teach a master class from 10 a.m. to noon; a Youth Guitar Showcase will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.; a flamenco guitar workshop led by Marija Temo is scheduled for 3 p.m.; a seminar on chamber music with Jim Smith is at 3:30 p.m.; a festival barbecue is at 4:30 p.m.; and the day concludes with a Paul Galbraith concert at 8 p.m. Galbraith concert tickets are $22 for general admission and $15 for students. Admission to all other Saturday events is $5 per individual event.
On Sunday, March 19th, a master class with Paul Galbraith is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the festival concludes with a concert by Krivokapic from 2 to 3 p.m. Krivokapic concert tickets are $22 for general admission and $10 for students; and master class admission is $5.
MARIJA TEMO — Maryland-based musician Temo combines into a single performance her expertise in classical and flamenco guitar, flamenco vocals and dance, and conducting.
She has performed and arranged symphony orchestra pieces in the flamenco style and has performed with her local Baltimore Symphony, along with symphonies in Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Alexandria and Ocean City.
She has been an invited performer/teacher at guitar festivals, including the First World Guitar Congress and the Blossom Music Festival.
Temo combined orchestral music and pure flamenco for a cabaret style performance titled “Fuego IbÈrico.”
Temo was honored by the governor of her home state of Maryland after being selected for the 2000 Maryland State Arts Council’s “Individual Artist Award in Solo Instrument Performance.”
PAUL GALBRAITH — Renowned as a classical guitarist since the 1970s when he was just a child, Scottish-born guitarist Paul Galbraith has been working since the 1980s to expand the “technical limitations” of the guitar. He now plays a custom eight-string Brahms guitar (two strings more than the traditional six-string guitar).
Galbraith says that some of his most ambitious work has been transcribing the music of classical composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, and French Baroque composer Louis Couperin.
“It’s so easy to play transcriptions in a way that merely excites nostalgia for the original version,” Galbraith has said. “The great thing is for the transcription to be convincing to the point, that you feel it was originally conceived for your instrument.”
At the age of 17, Galbraith won the silver medal out of 50 contestants in the Segovia International Guitar Competition in Kent, England.
He later developed a non-traditional guitar-playing posture where the guitar is supported between both legs, thus freeing his right arm.
GORAN KRIVOKAPIC — Yugoslavian-born classical guitarist Goran Krivokapic has won first prize in international guitar competitions, including the Petar Knojovic International Guitar Competition in Belgrade in 1996; and the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany in 2004. He is a frequent performer and lecturer at guitar festivals.
Information, (310) 338-5386.