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Classical 101

Mandolins, Lute and Guitar on Next Fretworks

On Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, the next Fretworks will include a mandolin orchestra, the International Mandolin Academy Orchestra.  They are an ensemble made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan, and Canada.  They'll play a Samba by contemporary composer Stefano Squarzino. From Latin America, we'll hear the Guitar Concerto of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.  Sharon Isbin will be featured in her 2004 Warner Classics CD that got great reviews for her performances with the New York Philharmonic, not only for the Villa-Lobos but also for the Rodrigo and Ponce concertos on the recording. Guitarist David Russell will play Spanish music, Valses Poeticos, by Enrique Granados from his CD, "Reflections of Spain."   Lutenist Christopher Wilke, who was in Columbus recently for a performance presented by the Columbus Guitar Society, will play a Baroque lute in music of 18th Century German composer Adolf Hasse. Speaking of the Columbus Guitar Society, they'll be presenting their next  program on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8pm in the Huntington Recital Hall at Capital University in Bexley with  the Plante-Jaques-Bandoneon, guitar Duo, so take note if you enjoy the romantic and exotic sounds of Tangos from South America. If time allows, we'll also hear some Scarlatti arranged for guitar on the next Fretworks.  I hope you can join me Saturday at 7 for an hour of the classical guitar, and this week, the lute and a lot of mandolins as well. Above is an excerpt from a new documentary about American guitarist Sharon Isbin.