33rd Season 2019—2020  The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs,  and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Antigoni Goni - Solo Guitar

Placitas Artists Series Audio Presentation for Sunday, May 24, 2020 From A Live PAS Performance on October 22, 2017 Presented with Permission of the Artist
Program Notes We are proud to present award-winning Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni’s performance today. The program features music by composers, many accomplished guitarists themselves, representing a very global presence relating to their births. All seem to be influenced by Greek folk music and history to create a guitar repertoire featuring Greek inspired motifs. Goni is the perfect interpreter of these musical stories. Her own understanding and love for her native land, its history, and the Greek people, influences her performance of these selections. “Antigoni Goni has it all: beautiful tone, exquisite phrasing, great timbre and dynamic range and an engaging presence.” – Soundboard Magazine. Today’s selections frequently represent “miniatures,” which are musical compositions that are short, but represent a reflection of much deeper insights and emotions. The program begins with compositions by Francisco Tárrega, a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic period. The miniatures that provide an opening to the program are thoughtful pieces representing a dirge and prayer. Rosita, a lively Bohemian polka, follows and lifts the mood of the preludes. Dušan Bogdanović, a Serbian-born American composer and classical guitarist, is a prolific composer and performer. Hymn to the Muse celebrates the poems and music of Ancient Greece, some ascribed to the fragments inscribed on the walls of ancient structures, possibly played in the 1st century CE on a lute. Manos Hadjidakis, born in Xanthi, Greece, is famous for his song Never on Sunday, an Academy Award winner in 1960. This piece, arranged by Tulio Peramo, a leading Cuban composer, is inspired by Hadjidakis’ imaginatively created story of a solitary woman in the big city. Atanas Ourkouzounov, from Sofia, Bulgaria, is a prized guitarist and composer. He composed these miniatures based on themes from Greek and Macedonian folklore. The spirit of Greek, Bulgarian, and Macedonian dance is visible in these selections. Mikis Theodorakis, famous for his scores for Zorba the Greek and Serpico movies, is a Greek songwriter and composer who has written over 1000 songs! These program pieces are two of the eight songs based on verses from stanzas of the poem Epitafios written by Yiannis Ritsos. José L. Merlin, often referred to as a “poet of the guitar,” is an Argentinian guitar virtuoso and composer. Today he provides us with South American folk dance forms and melodies as the basis for thoughtful and emotional memories, his and his peoples. Please Click Here to Access the Program and Concert Pieces