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Classical 101

Orchestra in a Box: The Columbus Guitar Societys New Season

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[ADAM: SOME OF THIS IS TEKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE PROGRAM NOTES INCLUDING THEIR TYPOS!] Andres Segovia once said, "The guitar is a small orchestra.  It is polyphonic.  Every string is a different color, a different voice."  Indeed, the classical guitar is a small orchestra in a box.   But within the dimensions of this soundbox with a neck and six strings, is a whole world of musical expression from Renaissance to Contemporary, the only limit being the imagination and skill of the composer and performer. The Columbus Guitar Society begins its new season this weekend.  Every year, this organization brings to Columbus performers of national and international standing.  The concerts are usually held in the Huntington Recital Hall of Capitol University in Bexley.  If you want  a concert experience of a more intimate nature than the symphony or opera but with no less magical music-making, if you don't already know, find out why the "magic-box" of the guitar has been such a beguiling instrument for hundreds of years. Coming in the 2010-2011 season (or click here to download a PDF with the schedule): The prize-winning young French guitar virtuoso Florian Larousse  performs this weekend on Saturday October16th. The Cavatina Duo, with flutist Eugenia Moliner acclaimed as a “brilliant young musicianâ€? by the British Flute Society magazine, and guitarist Denis Azabagic—celebrated as a “virtuoso with flawless techniqueâ€? by Soundboard Magazine perform on the Huntington stage on November 20th, 2010. Diverse guitarist Fredrick Norman spent a decade teaching and performing based in Augsberg, Germany. That setting facilitated his study of the 19th-century master composers, performers, and luthiers, and he brings a stylish recital on February 19, 2011. Internationally recognized as a leading personality in the field of early music, Hopkinson Smith, who was involved in founding the famed ensemble Hesperion XX in the 1970s, has more recently focused on solo music for early plucked instruments, including vihuela, renaissance lute, theorbo, renaissance and baroque guitars, and baroque lute.  He comes to Columbus in a recital cosponsored by Early Music in Columbus in Capital’s Mees Auditorium on  April 1, 2011. Contact the Columbus Guitar Society for more information on these concerts and other activities sponsored by this local group that is dedicated to making the beautiful sounds of the guitar available to audiences in Central Ohio. --John Rittmeyer