DE Music School Features Guitar Greats

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9On Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm Guitar Greats will highlight The Music School of Delaware’s program in Milford as part of the school’s Music Masters Concert Series featuring faculty, alumni and friends. The concert will be held at Avenue United Methodist Church (UMC), 20 N. Church Street, in Milford.

“I am really looking forward to having our outstanding musicians perform in the beautiful sanctuary at Avenue,” said Kate Inie-Richards, Milford Branch Director for The Music School of Delaware.

Last year, the Music School partnered with Avenue UMC for its concerts and student recitals and the partnership continues to grow as this concert season kicks off. Guitar Greats will feature performances by Music School faculty members Genia Maslov, violin; Matthew Smith, guitar; and the Pegasus Trio, Melinda Bowman, flute, Christopher Braddock, guitar, and Jeanmarie Braddock, violin.  The program will include works by Piazzolla, Carulli and Braddock.

Guitarist Matthew Smith has been teaching and performing for over 10 years and has performed throughout the United States and on both coasts. Studying with world renowned Argentinean guitarist Ernesto Bitetti, Smith is currently a 2014 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship winner and has enjoyed concertizing throughout the Delaware area. He will be performing a piece for guitar duo by Italian composer Fernando Carulli.  As one of Carulli’s most well known duos, it has been used a theme during the 1980’s for a popular British science fiction show called “The adventure game.”  The second piece will be for violin and guitar, it is a series of tangos in four movements called “L’histoire du tango”.  Each movement takes the audience through time from the tangos start in the bordellos at the beginning of the 20th century through present day and its mix jazz and modern idioms.

“I hope that audiences are able to appreciate how guitar can be used in different types of music along with the variety of sounds it can produce,” said Smith. “The guitar is a very intimate instrument, often compared to small orchestra. I want the performance to pull at people’s heart strings.”

Guitarist Christopher Braddock, a music major in classical guitar performance from The University of Delaware has taught with the Delaware music school since 1996. Smith and Braddock will be performing an early 19th century piece by the Italian composer, Ferdinando Carulli. Braddock’s group, Pegasus Trio, will perform three pieces including a trio by Franz Joseph Haydn, a piece written by Braddock himself, and a set of famous Scott Joplin piano rags, arranged for the trio.

“Music like this sometimes has a reputation for being highbrow and unapproachable,” said Braddock. “Indeed, there is some classical music I’m not crazy about either, but I think people will find everything on this program to be fun and accessible.  It’s also nice introducing an audience to composers like Carulli, who aren’t well known to non-guitarists.”

Tickets for Guitar Greats are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Individuals can purchase tickets in advance online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (302) 422-2043. Tickets are also available at the door. To register or learn more about private lessons, classes or ensembles at The Music School of Delaware, families are encouraged to visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org.

“The Music School is very glad to be in Milford.  One of my favorite times of the week is my Wednesday trip downstate to teach here,” said Braddock. “There seems to be a resurgence in the arts taking place here, with galleries opening, tons of theater productions, and great community events happening all the time.  Music definitely has a place during this exciting time in Milford, and our school’s faculty and staff are thrilled to play a part.”