January 28, 2020
Guitar Sundays: Live Guitar Performances
at Portsmouth Public Library & Portsmouth Music and Arts Center
Sundays, 3 PM
This year, the Portsmouth Public Library and PMAC (Portsmouth Music and Arts Center), in association with the Boston Classical Guitar Society, will continue their series of live guitar performances called Guitar Sundays, produced and curated by Mitch Shuldman. These free concerts will be held at 3 PM, one Sunday per month, alternating locations between the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library and the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at PMAC.
Drawing from a rich selection of guitar talent from both New Hampshire and the greater Boston area, the series of recitals will highlight the versatility and range of the guitar from classical to jazz to acoustic.
March 1 @ PMAC
David William Ross, Classical Guitar
David Ross is a guitarist/composer living in New England and serves on the faculty of Fitchburg State University, Keene State College, The Vermont Jazz Center, the Concord Community Music School, and Elm City Music. He has done recording work for PARMA Records and works as a session/studio player specializing in new music and improvisation in both chamber and solo settings.
David has a B.M in guitar performance, music theory, and composition from Keene State College where he studied with guitarist/composer José Lezcano. He also holds a M.M and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory; has studied guitar with Scott Tennant at the University of Southern California, and has had frequent lessons with Pépe Romero and Manuel Barrueco. View this event on Facebook!
April 5 @ Portsmouth Public Library
Bokyung Byun, Classical Guitar
Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun enjoys a rising reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. She is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Ms. Falletta herself described Bokyung’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship ...” She has excelled on the competitive circuit, winning first-prize finishes in numerous international guitar festivals and in 2016, was named the recipient of the International Artist Fellowship awarded to outstanding artists by the University of Southern California.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Ms. Byun began playing guitar at the age of six and took the stage for her first solo recital at the age of eleven. Ms. Byun moved to New York City when she was 16 where she entered The Juilliard School. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California. View this event on Facebook!
May 31 @ PMAC
The Hampton Trio, Classical Guitar, Mandolin and Mandola
The Hampton Trio is an ensemble of mandolin, mandola, and classical guitar (Robert Margo, mandola/mandolin, Beverly Davis, guitar, and Mark Davis, guitar/mandolin). Their program is varied and reflects their interest to popularize and add to the existing repertoire for this particular group of instruments. Their programs often include classical guitar duos by Mark and Beverly Davis, and mandolin solos by Robert A. Margo. They are all members of the New American Mandolin Ensemble and have appeared in plucked string music festivals in throughout Europe and the USA. View this event on Facebook!