Cameron University Guitar Ensemble set for December concert

The Cameron University Guitar Ensemble will take the stage on Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in McCutcheon Recital Hall. Directed by Dr. Kirsten Underwood, the ensemble is made up of Cameron music majors Damian Alvarado, Trevor Campbell and Hannah Esquer, all of Lawton. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and middle/high school. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU ID.

“We have planned an eclectic program that will appeal to audience members of all ages,” says Underwood.

The concert will begin with an arrangement of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” from the Cantata “Heart and mouth and deed and life.” Composed in 1723 during Bach’s first year as the director of church music in Leipzig, the full cantata was part of his first cantata cycle there.

Next the ensemble will perform an arrangement for three guitars of Haydn’s “London” Trio, H. IV, No. 1.  This is one of four trios originally written for two flutes and cello.

The ensemble will play another classical favorite, the Andante movement from Mozart’s” Piano Concerto No. 21,” in a guitar arrangement. The music might be familiar. It has been nicknamed “Elvira Madigan,” because of its use in the 1967 Swedish film of that name.

“Mozart’s melody was profound as part of the piano concerto, and the audience to this concert will enjoy its immense beauty,” Underwood says.

The ensemble will next present a lively work that is one of their favorite pieces, Mateo Albéniz’s “Sonata in D,” arranged for guitars by Kevin Love.

Next in the repertoire are two pieces that Underwood describes as “quite atmospheric,”  Edward Elgar’s “Salut D’Amour” and A. Barrios Mangoré’s “Junto a Tu Corazón,” both arranged for guitars by Kevin Love.  Elgar presented “Salut D’Amour” to his fiancée Caroline Roberts as an engagement gift. Due to her fluency in German, he called it “Liebesgruss (Love’s Greeting).” Mangoré was a Paraguayan virtuoso classical guitarist and composer. His “Junto a Tu Corazón” was originally published as a waltz for solo guitar and recorded by the composer in 1928.

Another favorite of the ensemble is “Soukous Couscous” by contemporary composer Gunar Ulrich. The versatile Australian composes and performs in Classical, Flamenco, Folk, Jazz, Modern, and World music styles.

Of “Soukous Couscous,” Underwood says, “This is an energetic exploration of a vibrant melody and recurring harmonic progression, certainly not a passacaglia, but a close modern relative.”

To round out the concert, ensemble member Trevor Campbell has arranged several Beatles songs for the enjoyment of both his colleagues and the audience. 

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November 27, 2018