About the Open Mic:
- Everyone is welcome! Audience and performers of all levels: beginner to professional: all are warmly received and encouraged.
- Finger picking nylon string styles (leave the Les Paul at home). Soloists and ensembles of any combination.
- 10 minutes maximum per performer, coordinated by a different guest host each month.
- Tropical juice and coffee provided by the SBGS. Fruit, cake and cookies are welcome: please bring enough to display and share.
A frequent visitor to the Bay Area, David Russell is one of the most sought after classical guitarists of our time. The speed and fluidity of his playing is unmatched. His technical brilliance is combined with unrivalled musicality. At age five, Russell moved with his family to the island of Minorca, where his father, an artist and amateur guitarist, introduced him to the music of Andres Segovia and other Spanish masters. In his teens, Russell returned to Great Britain to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London. He went on from there to win numerous international guitar competitions, including the major Spanish guitar prizes: the Ramirez Competition of Santiago de Compostela in 1975, the Andres Segovia Prize of Palma de Mallorca in 1977, the Alicante Prize, and the most prestigious of all, the Francisco Tarrega Competition. Since 1981 he has performed and recorded widely in concerts, recitals and music festivals. He is known for an attractive and outgoing stage presence, a quality that carries over into his frequent stints as a teacher of master classes, for which he is much in demand. The London Royal Academy of Music named him a Fellow in 1997. He won a Grammy in 2004 in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album, Aire Latino.
For tickets go to: –> David Russell Tickets
S.L. WEISS (1686-1750)
– Courente Royale
E. GRIEG (1843-1907)
SEVEN LYRIC PIECES **
– Norwegian dance
– Popular melody
– Norwegian melody
J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
THREE SINFONIAS *
S. ASSAD (1952- )
DAVID’S PORTRAIT (dedicated to David Russell)
A SELECTION OF CELTIC MUSIC
* Transcription: David Russell
** Transcription: Arne Brattland
PRELUDE PERFORMANCE: The South Bay Guitar Society uses prelude performances at the start of our regular concerts to introduce audiences to promising young artists from our local community.
The David Russell concert will be opened with a prelude performance by Jack and Elle Davisson. The prelude performance will begin at 7:30 PM sharp and will last for 10 minutes. David Russell’s performance will begin at 7:40 PM.
Jack and Elle have been playing as a dynamic duo since 2017. Last summer, they placed second at the Guitar Foundation of America Small Ensemble Youth Competition. As solo artists, they have placed in many competitions around the country. Besides their love of classical guitar, this brother-sister team also shares a passion for soccer, Tae Kwon Do, and reading. Jack and Elle live in Palo Alto, California and study with Christopher Mallett at the California Conservatory of Music.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a colorful and upbeat mix of Spanish and South American music with some Russian and Greek influence. Get ready to dance in your seat!
This performance is part of the museum’s program “First Friday with Live Music”.
About Lady Fingers Guitar Duo:
Melody Sheppard is a native Californian. She has been playing guitar since she was 7. She currently teaches guitar and ukelele at SJG School of Music located in Campbell. You can also find Melody playing in the Classical Guitar “Night Owl” Quartet.
Eugenia Teytelman was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. She started playing piano when she was 6, and at the age of 14 she discovered classical guitar and has been playing since then.
The Lady Fingers classical guitar duo have been together for almost four years. They play at various Bay Area public events and private parties.
Iliana Matos has been hailed by critics for her “powerful and intense style.” María Luisa Anido, the Great Lady of Guitar, after hearing Iliana play, wrote to her: “I am impressed by your wonderful guitaristic art, and I am proud to know that a woman (and a Cuban woman!) came to such a degree of artistic perfection.” Iliana Matos graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, where she studied with José Angel Pérez Puente. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the Superior Institute of Havana (her teachers included Rey Guerra, Miguel Bonachea and Jesús Ortega), and received a Special Diploma given to the most outstanding graduate for her artistic creative work. She continued her studies with Gabriel Estarellas at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid and graduated with a Master of Music Degree from de Extremadura University under Ricardo Gallén.
For concert tickets go to: –> Iliana Matos TICKETS Page
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Christopher Mann’s playing has been described as ‘poetic’ and ‘jaw-dropping’. He has been playing since the age of 3, winning his first competition at the age of 7. Since then, he has been performing in Europe and the United States.
Chris earned his performance degrees from the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany under the tutelages of Prof. Martin Rennert and Prof. Thomas Mueller-Pering.
For concert tickets go to: –> Christopher Mann TICKETS Page