Guitar Sundays

August 14, 2019

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.

September 8 @ PMAC
Adam Levin, Classical Guitar

Adam Levin is a native of Chicago’s North Shore. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance, Psychology, and Pre-Med. He completed his master’s degree in guitar performance at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk. Levin is a professor of guitar at the University of Rhode Island and also teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Adam is an avid chamber musician. He has performed with orchestras, string quartet, and various instrumental and vocal duo combinations. His primary chamber ensemble, Duo Sonidos, has expanded the repertoire for violin and guitar through new commissions.

From 2008-2011, Levin was honored as a Fulbright Scholar as well as grant awards from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Fellowship to research contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire. This three-year residency resulted in a major collaboration with 30 Spanish composers spanning four generations, who each wrote works commissioned by and dedicated to Levin. He has released four recordings on the Naxos label focusing on these new commissioned works of 21st Century Spanish guitar music.
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October 13 @ Portsmouth Public Library
Carl Straussner, Classical Guitar
Carl Straussner is a Classical Guitarist, Composer, and Audio Engineer originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Performance and Composition from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance under Eliot Fisk at The New England Conservatory. He is both a soloist and an avid chamber musician who regularly performs concerts in the United States and South Africa. He is a recognized composer writing music for guitar but also composing music for animated films, as well as directing and producing radio documentaries.
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November 3 @ PMAC
David Newsam, Classical Guitar and Margaret Herlehy, Oboe

Margaret Herlehy is an active chamber musician and performer. She is a resident artist in music at UNH and performs with the UNH faculty trio Sospiri. David Newsam, guitar, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston but also completed his studies in the Modern American Music program at Longy School of Music. David currently works as an assistant professor in the guitar department at Berklee where he has taught since 1989. He is also employed as a senior lecturer in music at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where he teaches guitar and jazz improvisation. David created the jazz guitar program at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches, directs the UNH Jazz Guitar Ensemble and coaches jazz ensembles. Their recently released album, Café 1930, explores the oboe as a lead voice in the popular instrumental music of South America including Brazilian Choro, Classical Tango and Samba.
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December 1 @ Portsmouth Public Library
TJ Wheeler, Blues/Jazz Guitar
TJ Wheeler is a treasure of American Roots music performing a gumbo of Blues, Jazz, and Ragtime on a wide variety of instruments. He has been a staple around the Seacoast for over 30+ years when we used to run into one another in the early days of Press Room. His reputation as a blues artist and educator has spread far and wide. His workshop/concert, residency program Hope, Heroes and the Blues has been performed for over 450,000 students throughout the world. Tj brings these musical genres to life in his inspirational & interactive performances and education programs. Students from schools K -12, universities, and all ages audiences at Blues, Jazz & Folk music festivals around the world have been enlightened by TJ’s knowledge of the history & stories behind the music as they are about his talented and passionate performances.
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Guitar Sundays