|Classical guitarist performs at Museum|
Classical guitarist Stephen Marchionda will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, UND campus.
Marchionda is emerging on the international concert scene as a performer who combines the expressive, colorist playing of the past with a modern technique, flair, imagination and scholarship. “...He turns in vibrant performances...energetic and vital, with a great sense of momentum and flow... cohesive and highly charged,” according to the American Record Guide. In highly acclaimed performances he has recently been featured at London's Wigmore Hall and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (Aranjuez Series), where Soundboard Magazine wrote that “Imbued with depth and passion, Marchionda played engagingly and with a sense of drama...deftly played.” Elsewhere in the United States and Europe he has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Centre, Frick Collection, Aspen, Cheltenham and Les Soirees Des Junies Music Festivals; Lincoln Center, Trinity and St. Paul Churches (New York) BBC Radio 3, National Radio of Spain, U.S. National Public Radio, the Royal Opera House, Oxford, Columbia, Yale, MIT and George Washington Universities and the inaugural concert at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, (Royal Academy of Music - London), as well as in Rome, Madrid, Granada, Athens, and Copenhagen.
Being strongly committed to promoting contemporary music, Stephen has premiered many works, including those written for him by renowned composers such as Nicholas Maw's "Music of Memory" and Tango from "Sophie’s Choice," and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s "Today Too" (premiered with tenor Philip Langridge and flutist Sebastian Bell, written for the trio) Recently he premiered his arrangement for guitar and tenor of Henry Purcell's incidental music to Thomas d’Urfey’s play "A Fool’s Preferment."
He is a graduate of Yale University's School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was a protégé of famed pedagogue Ricardo Iznaola. He was affiliated with the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1991, where he received classes with the celebrated guitarist Julian Bream. He has won many international prizes, including the Guitar Foundation of America's International Solo, the Segovia International, and the Manuel de Falla.
This presentation is underwritten by Bremer Bank and is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program by Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Tickets at the door per concert are non-members, $15; members, $13; and student and military, $5. Free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by calling 777-4195.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 701 777-4195