It’s the day of love.
Spend the time with the instrument we all love.
February 14, 2016
Medford Arts Center
Congratulations to John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey in winning 1st place in this years Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition Senior Division ages 15-18. John’s placement in first position earns him $1,000 lots of guitar strings and a full paid scholarship and airfare to Montana’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival.
John has studied with David Cohen (this sites creator) and Keith Calmes of Wall, NJ. John is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of David Starobin. In 2011 John entered his first competition in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Annual Guitar Competition taking home 1st place in his division. In the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition John preformed Prelude #2 -Villa-Lobos and Think Fast and Open Up Your Ears- Bryan Johanson for the 1st round and the 2nd round performed Sevilla, Albeniz, Open Up Your Ears-Johanson and Minuetto from Opus 31- Matiegka.
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Philadelphia Guitar Artists Concert & Holiday Party
Sunday, May 11 at 3:00pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $15; Kids 12 & under/PCGS Members FREE
Professional Members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and local artists present a panoply of styles and talents. Performers will include Joseph Mayes, Tom Amoriello & Eileen Cooper, Ross Mann, Behdad Moghadassi, Keith Calmes, James Hontz, and Brendan Evans.
This concert has been rescheduled after being cancelled due to inclement weather in December.
The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities.
During the process of writing the music for what would be my first CD release I had to take into consideration being a sole proprietor in music that I might be producing a very costly set of individually wrapped coasters. At the time I had the resources of Temple University’s Business Research Lab at my disposal. So I embarked on a research project for myself that would allow me to find the answers to the questions-who is listening to classical music and where do they get their information?
The findings gave me answers I didn’t expect. In the background information regarding the sustainability of classical music, the image came to mind of a flowers blooming process. On one side is a leaf of classical music that delivers the experience expectations of the aging core audience. The leaf opposite is the music delivered to the audience that is looking to expand their experiences with new music. The bud coming up in the center is the music that will fit the needs of both audiences as well as having an appeal to an audience who usually do not participate in the experience of classical music. The flower resulting from the bud is the music that reaches beyond the many challenges classical music faces in order for it to survive as a vital presenting force.
The images from my research returned when I received a copy of the recording Asbury Lanes, a collaboration between Dutch composer Chiel Meijering and classical guitarist Keith Calmes of Wall NJ. The two are onto something with their sound. It is the bud developing between the leaves of classical music that reminded me of the Russian Five. Only Chiel Meijering and Keith Calmes didn’t start working together to change the course or give identity to a structure.
The music is from a highly creative period for both Meijering and Calmes that resulted in the release of eight recordings in 2012. Asbury Lanes is the release that can be equated to the beauty the eye beholds when the flower fully blooms. In addition to his work with Meijering, Calmes has released a solo classical guitar recording -All We Know is Now. This new music composed for and on the guitar is the experience that can draw in the younger demographic, many of whom grew up in the 1960’s listening to a lot of rock & roll and don’t relate to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. All We Know is Now was a year in the making and offers the listener a cohesive progression of pieces where Calmes guides his guests through an intricate melodic and rhythmic experience through his masterful guitar playing.
There is another release on the way resulting from the collaboration between Meijering and Calmes – Ladies Collection: trios and quartets for electric and acoustic guitar. Although not released at this point the experience has started with the anticipation. I know my experience expectations will be met when I take the journey. I am reminded of a scene from Cecil B. DeMille’s Moses where a woman in her daily toil looks up and upon seeing the messenger exclaims, Moses!