D’Amore Duo Classical Guitar and Oboe Concert

By Mittie Roger

Promusica is honored to welcome William Feasley, one of America’s leading classical guitarists, to the stage for his debut performance in San Miguel de Allende. After performing at Bellas Artes in Mexico City, he will join us with acclaimed oboeist, Emily Tsai, in the fantastically unique ensemble, the D’Amore Duo. Founded in 1991 to explore the wealth of little known but stunning music created for these instruments, the duo has set the stage ablaze, touring both internationally and domestically with rave reviews. The Washington Post called the Duo a “perfect partnership of sound” and hailed their performance as “one of the most uniquely satisfying concerts of the season.”

Pro Musica Concert Series
Piano: William Feasley
Oboe: Emily Tsai
Sat, Nov 8, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
Calle Cardo
120/250/350 pesos

The duo has released three critically-acclaimed recordings, and performed at many prestigious venues including St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Yale Centre for British Art, the National Cathedral, the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Spanish Institute in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and live on ABC International Radio out of Sydney, Australia. They have also won the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition not once, but twice. Many composers such as Albert Harris, Richard Greene, Stephen Gerber, Jose Manuel Lezcano, and the multi-talented actor/musician Michael Moriarty have specially tailored pieces for the duo.

The concert will include not only the not-to-be-missed, rare, and phenomenal combination of classical guitar and oboe but also solo classical guitar pieces.  The perfectly matched duo will be performing an accessible mixture of classical music, from Bach to Handel and Fernando Sor, contemporary music, and a variety in-between. Particularly enjoyable will be the lively rhythms of Ástor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons and the lyricism of Sir Edward Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.

Feasley, from Roseburg Oregon, was the first guitarist to receive the Peabody Conservatory’s coveted Artist Diploma. He made his debut in 1980 with the San Francisco Ballet performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for Lou Christenson’s ballet, Don Juan. He has inspired and astounded audiences at international guitar festivals in Poland, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Australian, Slovakia, and Peru. A student of Andres Segovia, he played at the master’s historic last class, and was featured in the CBS special Eulogy of Segovia.

The Washington Post described Feasley’s acoustic touch as sounding “in the words of Segovia, like a ‘small orchestra’ in the variety of colors coaxed from a single guitar.” He has released six critically-acclaimed recordings for the Sonora and Center Earth Labels.

Emily Tsai, a musical prodigy, started studying violin at the age of 4 and began playing the oboe at the age of 10. After a performance of Johannes Brahms’ Second Serenade, DMV Classical described Emily as having “a consistently lovely tone and [taking] her melodic twists and turns with stylish assurance.” Emily studied at the Napa Valley Orchestral Institute, Mortizburg Music Festival in Germany, Alba Music Festival in Italy, Sarasota Music Festival, among others where she learned from prominent oboists such as Neil Black, Allan Vogel, Richard Killmer, Werner Herbers, and Randall Ellis. Currently, she plays English Horn in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Want to get up close and personal with this amazing duo? Promusica is also hosting a unique Champagne High Tea Soiree in which the artists will perform privately, in an intimate setting —the drawing room of an elegant San Miguel home.  Sit back and enjoy an English-style high tea with champagne before the concert, and meet the artists.  Seats are limited for this private fundraising event, all at 500 pesos donation to include the concert, high tea and champagne, so contact promusicasma@aol.com to reserve your place today.

Tickets for the concert at St.Paul’s are 120/250 and 350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3 and Libramiento a Dolores 105; and at the concert half an hour before performance time. Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.


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