Cameron University Guitar Ensemble closes out fall semester with concert

The Cameron University Guitar Ensemble will close out the Fall 2017 semester with a concert on Tuesday, December 5. Featuring guitarists Trevor Campbell, Hannah Esquer and Samuel Phillips, the concert is set for 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. 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. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Following a solo performance by Campbell of Leo Brouwer’s “Cancion de Cuna,” the ensemble program will begin with Mozart’s “Divertimento No. 2, KV 439b, No. 6” which was originally written for three basset horns. The guitar arrangement is by Klas Krantz.

“This is indeed the students’ favorite work, as Mozart did not write original works for guitar solo or ensemble,” says Dr. Kirsten Underwood, director of the Cameron Guitar Ensemble. “Guitar enthusiasts must play arrangements in order to enjoy the incredible beauty of Mozart’s compositional technique and style.”

Next up is Schubert’s “Marche Militaire,” composed for piano four hands. One of Schubert's most famous melodies, the “Marche Militaire” has been arranged for full orchestra, military bands, and many different combinations of instruments.

“The ensemble will play an arrangement for guitars by Kevin Love,” says Underwood. “This popular and famous work is a joy to hear and for the students to learn.”

The next part of the program will feature music with a Spanish flair.  Arranger/composers Kevin Love and Gunar Ulrich have created exciting works for guitar entitled “Chocolate,” “Tapas for Three,” “Salsa Fiesta” and “Karob-Bean Dance.”  “Serenata Española” from “Impresiones de España, No. 2” by Joaquim Malats follows.

“Malats, a formidable Barcelona Pianist, was one of the first to perform Albeniz’s ‘Iberia,’” Underwood says. “An admired virtuoso in Europe and the United States, Malats composed a lot of salon music, of which the ‘Serenata Española’ is the most popular.”

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November 29, 2017