Chaos Theory is my 2nd studio recording of original pieces. The compositions are purely me living in my world of rhythm and melody. The music was composed between July 2014 and December 2015; each peice written for and on an Ovation classical guitar. The guitar used in the Chaos Theory recording is an Ovation classical cutaway, model 1773AX.
Signals by David Cohen from Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory is six stories. Each story is rooted an individual’s fight for health and security. In the piece that closes the recording, A long Memory of Kindness, my inspiration behind the piece came from a brief period of time with a person that lost the ability of movement from the neck down. Slowly minor movement was visible in one arm. When it was time to move on in the continuum of care the person told me that the goal was to write a letter to say thank you. The person went on to say, “I have a long memory of kindness. When I can, I want to write everyone who has helped me to thank them. People have been so kind.”
A long Memory of Kindness was written to close out Chaos Theory presenting the most fundamental premise; kindness.
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Presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Tickets available at the door
It’s the day of love.
Spend the time with the instrument we all love.
February 14, 2016
Medford Arts Center
Tickets available at the door:
General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10
Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music under renowned lutenist, Paul O’Dette. He now teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. Dr. Wilke has performed widely in both Europe and the U.S. He has done live on-air performances and interviews for WGUC, WNKU and WVXU radio stations where his recordings were also featured. Notable appearances include a performance with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and solo concerts at the European Lute Festival in Fuessen, Germany and the Lute Society of America’s 2010 Festival.
Philadelphia Guitar News is saddened to learn of the passing of one of Philadelphia’s fine classical guitarists Duane Large. In addition to the guitar Duane played many styles of music on the mandolin, lute, piano and percussion instruments. Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Learn more about Duane Large by visiting his website: www.duanelarge.com. Our condolences to his wife and family. A memorial concert is planned for family, friends and fans information: https://www.facebook.com/events/640300262744501/
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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Sunday May 18th – 4 pm
Christ Church Ithan –
536 Conestoga Road
or 610 688-1110
The duo will perform works by Desportes, Ibert, Pujol, Faure, Krouse and Merlin. Free Will Offering.
MICHAEL SIMMONS studied with John Leonard and Peter Segal and has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Oscar Ghiglia. He was the winner of the 1993 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and a finalist at the 1995 National Guitar Summer Workshop Concerto Competition. As a member of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio, Mr. Simmons has performed nationally and internationally, including the 1999 Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico and for the Third Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Panamá 1999. Mr. Simmons is an active solo and ensemble guitarist and performs regularly with flautist Thomas Meany and vocalist Lizette Casals.
Thomas Meany is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he studied with Adeline Tomasone and Loren Lind, later studying with Harold Bennett in New York City. Tom is currently a graduate assistant and a candidate for a Masters of Music from Rowan University He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Summertrio Chamber Music Festival and the Puccini Opera Orchestra in Italy. Thomas has played master classes with leading flautist such as the late Murray Panitz, Chicago Symphony’s Donald Peck, Samuel Baron at New York University and Toshio Takahashi at the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute. In addition to performing regularly with guitarist Michael Simmons and the Walnut Street Chamber Trio Mr.Meany has performed in recital for the Matinee Music Club, the Philadelphia Cultural Council, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Department of Recreation and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT). He has played flute for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra Society, the Haddonfield Symphony, and the Lansdowne Symphony. Mr. Meany is a Certified Suzuki Instructor and has recently received three consecutive scholarships from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He teaches for Instrumental Music Programs and the Settlement Music School. He is the current Vice-President of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. Tom playes a Brannen-Cooper Flute.
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