Pro Musica’s Unique Classical Guitar Concert
By Mittie Roger
William Feasley, one of America’s greatest current classical guitarists, will take to the stage in his debut performance in San Miguel de Allende, after gracing the stage of Bellas Artes in Mexico City. As the first guitarist to receive the Peabody Conservatory’s coveted Artist Diploma, Feasley’s skill and tonality is unrivaled. The Washington Post characterized his performance as sounding “in the words of Segovia, like a small orchestra in the variety of colors coaxed from a single guitar.”
Pro Musica Concert Series
The D’Amore Duo
Guitar: William Feasley
Oboe: Emily Tsai
Sat, Nov 8, 5pm
St. Paul’s Church
He has received many prizes and awards, including a gold medal in the PanHellenic Guitar Competition in Athens, the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards, and a Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts in Maryland. Chosen to play for Andrés Segovia at the master’s historic last class at the University of Southern California, Feasley was later featured on the CBS special Eulogy of Segovia.
The concert will include not only the unique and haunting combination of guitar and oboe, but also a foray into classical guitar pieces as only Feasley can play them, performing a delightful mixture of classical music from Bach to Handel and Fernando Sor, as well as contemporary music, and a variety in between. Particularly delightful will be the playful, upbeat rhythms of Ástor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons, a series of tangos dedicated to the changing moods of the year’s seasons, and the delicate lyrical melody of Sir Edward Elgar’s Chanson de Matin.
A unique composition whose name is derived from an old “field holler” that later became a claw banjo standard, The Pateroller Sonata, was written for William Feasley in 2011 by the celebrated American composer Peter Madlem. The piece had its premiere at the Forfest Festival of New Music and Art in Kromnetz, Czech Republic. This unforgettable, eerie sonata echoes back to a historical past in which escaped slaves, hiding from search parties, misnamed their pursuers “paterollers.”
Bach and Handel, Baroque contemporaries, shared a common focus on pitch and rhythm in their compositions, more so than tone color, and for this reason their pieces have attracted many transcribers. Handel, however, had a special affinity for the oboe and wrote many sonatas for this instrument in particular. Although both composers’ works have been transcribed with varying tonal color, the compositions remain popular in their myriad forms due to their classical architecture. Together Feasley and Tsai will explore these compositions and others, in what the Washington Post described as “one of the freshest, most original concerts of the season.
Promusica is also hosting a unique Champagne High Tea Soiree in which the artists will perform privately, in an intimate setting at an elegant San Miguel home. On Sunday, November 9, at 4pm, 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. 500 pesos donation includes the concert, high tea, and champagne, so contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place today.
Tickets for the concert at St. Paul’s on Saturday, November 8, at 5pm are 120/250/350 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 website, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at email@example.com.