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Bach to Brazil

KEENE, N.H., 10/26/08 - The KSC Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble will perform their fall recital, “Bach to Brazil,” on Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Guitar Orchestra, directed by José Lezcano, will perform Two Chorales by Bach, Concerto in D by Telemann, and Machado’s Dances from Northeast Brazil. Also on the program is Villa-Lobos’ aria from Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5, arranged by Roland Dyens for five guitars and featuring vocals by KSC senior music education major Melissa White (soprano). The KSC Guitar Orchestra is comprised of nine Keene State students and a few members from the community.

Under the direction of José Lezcano, the KSC Latin American Ensemble will perform music from Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. The ensemble features 28 members and includes panpipes, flutes, violin, and other instrumentation.

Lezcano, a Cuban-born guitarist, composer, educator, and folklorist, has presented programs of traditional and South American guitar repertory and Andean music and his own solo, concerto, and chamber works at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City’s North-South Consonance Series, and major venues and festivals in Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Lezcano has earned numerous awards, including first prize in the MTNA National Guitar Competition, the NH State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, NHMTA Composer of the Year (2002 and 2007), KSC Distinguished Research Award, and a Fulbright Award to Ecuador. He has been teaching guitar, music theory, and Latin American Music at Keene State since 1991.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the concert.

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