Archive for category Classical Guitar Concerts Indianapolis

In review. Erol Ozsever, Fishers, IN, April 25, 2011

Mr. Erol Ozsever will be performing at 7:00pm in the Hamilton East Public Library. Admission is free.

Mr Ozsever offers a recording on his website for purchase.

Erol’s website states “Erol Ozsever (b.1985) is a classical guitarist from Fishers, Indiana. In 2007 he graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Recording Industry Management. In 2009 he graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance with a minor in Early Music.  He has performed in master classes with a number of world-renowned performers including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Adam Holzman, and Adam del Monte.

In 2004 he was selected as a national finalist in the American String Teachers Association solo competition. He also took 2nd prize at the 2005-2007 Beethoven Club Young Artists’ Competition. In 2007 he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in guitar performance from Middle Tennessee State University.  In 2008 he was awarded the top prize for graduate strings in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale.  In 2009 he was awarded 1st prize at the Rosario Guitar Competition in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2010 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Competition in the performance of the music of Spain and Latin America at Indiana University, which was open to singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles.

Erol is currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana to attend the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University to study guitar with EMI recording artist Ernesto Bitetti. He is also the founder and co-director of the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition.”

I believe it is safe to say that everyone enjoyed the recital.  Erol was entertaining, informative and presented the music in a thoughtful manner (explaining much about each piece before performing)His performance was nearly flawless; the hall had a few distractions with small children present and shuffling of programs but this didn’t seem to distract Erol.  The selections were intense, musical treats, such as “Un Sueno en la Floresta” where Erol demonstrated an excellent tremolo technique on this masterpiece.  Good luck at IU this semester Erol!


Federico Mompou (1893-1987)

Cancion (from Cancion y Danza no. 6)

Augustin Barrios Mangore (1888-1944)

Vals No. 4, from Opus 8

Un Sueno en la Floresta

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

Milonga del Angel

La Muerte del Andel

Jorge Morel (b. 1931)

Danza in E minor

Sergio Assad (b. 1952)

i. Divertimento

ii. Valseana

iii. Preludio e Toccatina


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Petar Jankovic & The Petar Jankovic Ensamble

Mr Petar Jankovic,  Bloomington Indiana resident, Professor of Guitar at Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University has been very busy.  In 2008, he released his third CD entitled ‘Leyenda’ and has since created a guitar-led, string quartet called the Petar Jankovic Ensamble.  It is also interesting that the quartet is sponsored by Strings By Mail, a fantastic online retailer focusing on the needs of the classical guitarist.  I am a big fan of Strings By Mail and now, of the Petar Jankovic Ensamble.  I hope to see them performing very soon!

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Indiana Society for the Classical Guitar, Open Stage, May 1st

Sunday afternoon is a great time to join a few classical guitar players and enjoy some great music at this, the Indiana Society for the Classical Guitar’s open stage.  Bring your guitar or just your open mind to enjoy some beautiful, hand-crafted music.  There will be a guitar ensemble; so if you play, please bring a guitar.  You will be welcome to perform a few pieces, as well.

Where: Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church

Time: 2:00 pm

Check out the ISCG Facebook page, as well.

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In Review, Rafael Aguirre in Concert, Indianapolis, March 31, 2011

Rafael Aguirre was a joy to watch and meet.  The young man, who flew in from Germany the day of the performance, seemed fresh and energetic as he performed.

The program started with the Asturias which set the romantic mood for the first set.  Next, Mendelssohn’s famous Gondola song with its deceptively difficult fingerings and swaying beat, made for a really nice relaxed mood.  The Schumann ‘Kinderzenen’ is a piece comprised of small movements; each movement as described by the author’s perspective of being a child.  Some pieces, very fast.  Others, slow.  Everything in between.   Really an interesting choice for the program.  Ending the first set, Gran Jota.  Tarrega lights up the room with dynamic fireworks; Rafael nailed it and crowd went wild (for a classical guitar concert).

The Second half of music included more modern repertoire but did not compromise the overall romantic, impressionistic, emotional content of the program.  The Gershwin preludes were exquisite.  My mind fails for the names of each.  The Toccata by Rodrigo is a piece he wrote before the famous ‘Aranjuez’ concerto.  Rodrigo was struggling financially and as Rafael described, the Tocatta tone is somewhat dark and introspective as was Rodrigo’s life at that time.  Claire de lune remained in my head all night after the concert.  It’s just a wonderful piece of music and great to hear the guitar.  Rafael finished with the de Falla’s ‘La vida breve’ and seemed to save the best performance for last.

Overall, just another outstanding guitarist presented by the Indiana Society for the Classical Guitar.  And, a wonderful opportunity for me to meet Mr Aguirre and be entertained and inspired by his performance and his warm and optimistic personality.


Issac Albeniz (1860-1909)


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Song Without Words Op. 16 No. 6, ‘Venetian Boat Song’

Robert Shumann (1810-1856)

Kinderszenen Opus 15

Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)

Gran Jota


George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Three Preludes

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Clair De Lune

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Danza de “La vida breve”

Rafael also played an encore piece from a very popular science fiction movie series…  use the FORCE and imagine what he played.


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In review, Chaconne Klaverenga, Attica IN, April 7, 2011

Ms Klaverenga is Indiana’s darling guitarist.  Only nineteen, and on the verge of deciding which university program to attend, the future seems very bright for young Chaconne.  This will be a great opportunity to see Ms Klaverenga, and her interpretations of many guitar masterpieces.  Her repertoire and technique is already world-class.  So, those of us who can attend this concert will not be disappointed.

WhereHarrison HillsCountry Club

When:7:30, Dinner 6:00

Cost: The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is $7.50 for adults.  There is no charge for students.  There will be a meal served before the concert at 6:00 p.m.  Cost for the meal is $12.50.  Meal reservations may be made by calling 765-762-2695 by April 5th.




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Samuel Lawson, Indy, IN, Sundays 12-2 pm

Samuel Lawson brings his classical guitar comprehension, every Sunday at Barcelona Tapas.  Grab a bottle of Vino and a few tapas and enjoy the music!

Barcelona Tapas


Sam Says “Weekly Wednesday night performances at Barcelona Tapas have ended, but that’s not “The End.” Look for me in September for Sunday Brunch! (12-2pm)”

Sam, it’s time to get some videos up!


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