50TH ANNIVERSARY GUITAR GALA CONCERT

In honor of Clare Callahan, the pioneering founder of the C-CM guitar program and to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, former and current students gathered on the stage of the Patricia Corbett Theater to pay tribute to the teacher who created the first guitar program in a music school in the United States.

The concert featured over thirty participants.  Among the fifteen selections featuring soloists and ensembles, Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion was given a lovely performance by Amy Brucksch and Julie Goldberg.  Luke Jackson, a former student and now a career professional delivered a technically perfect and emotionally intense interpretation of Giulio Regondi’s Introduction et Caprice, which he followed with Hysteria, a humorous and technical tour de force, by Matthew Bellamy.  The young preparatory student, Diego Godoy, showed great promise with his rendition of Caballos en la Pampa, an Argentinian milonga by José  Luis Merlin.

Altogether, the afternoon offered a nice mix of music  ranging from the 18th century—a Fandango by Santiago de Murcia—to selections by 20th century’s Florence Price and Astor Piazzolla. Original compositions by Wenbin Lyu, Miguel Roig Francoli, Christopher Teves, and program director, Christopher Wilke, rounded out the program.

The C-CM Guitar Orchestra that includes faculty, students, and guest artists, opened and closed he concert, under the direction of Christopher Wilke, with celebratory music played by the entire ensemble.

To further honor Clare Callahan, a scholarship bearing her name has been created.  To donate to the “Clare M. Callahan Classical Guitar Scholarship and Impact Fund,” call 513-556-6781, or e-mail foundation.uc.edu

Rafael de Acha © 2022

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