HAVANA hosts Intl. Guitar Festival and Contest

hero-acoustic-guitars-browse-by-shape-taylor-guitarsHAVANA April 18  Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer.
LeoBrouwerProfileYoung interpreters of Europe and Latin America will take part in the competitive stage, to be held at the Jose Marti Memorial, while a series of attractive concerts and recitals will also be part of the Festival, which will be inaugurated on Sunday, 8:30 p.m., at the Covarrubias Hall, with a gala that includes the Savarez duo, Rosa Matos, violinist Anolan Gonzalez and the Sonantas Habaneras Orchestra, conducted by Jesus Ortega, the Granma newspaper reported on Thursday. Starting from Monday, at the same Hall and always in the evenings, there will be presentations by guest artists; the first one by Cubans Marco Tamayo and Jorge Luis Zamora; and the second one, on Tuesday, by U.S. player Hopkinson Smith, specialized in Spanish music for vihuela (early form of guitar) and baroque guitar,baroque guitar French Renaissance lute, Italian music of the early 17 th century and the so called high German baroque. On Wednesday, Uruguayan Alvaro Pierri, with rich discography and a pedagogical work in Europe and the United States, will meet again with the Cuban public.
A flamenco evening will characterize Thursday, with Javier and Jose Antonio Conde and the cooperation of Cuban ballerina and choreographer Irene Rodriguez; while performing on Friday will be German Franz Halasz, winner of the Segovia Prize in 1993 and interpreter of the complete works of exceptional Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu; U.S. pianist Anthony Spiri, of notable reputation in chamber music; and the Nuestro Tiempo instrumental ensemble, directed by maestro Enrique Perez Mesa. On Saturday night, the audience will be able to enjoy the work of two well-known Spanish musicians, Ricardo Gallen and Rafael Aguirre. The cycle of concerts will end on Sunday, April 27, 11:00 a.m., with a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). Prizes will be announced that day, and the winner will play with the NSO as a soloist. The public will also have the opportunity of listening to eminent Cuban guitarist Joaquin Clerch, one of the main interpreters of Leo Brouwer’s work and presently a professor with the Robert Schumann School of High Musical Studies of the German city of Dusseldorf. A guitar fiesta will closet he Festival hat same day, starting from 7:00 p.m. in the gardens of the ALBA Cultural Center. Organizers have announced for the occasion the performances of troubadour Silvio Rodriguez, the Trovarroco Trio, flutist Niurka Gonzalez, and percussionist Oliver Valdes. (acn)