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February 13, 2005

UMBC Presents Guitarist Stephen Marchionda in Concert

Stephen MarchiondaThe UMBC Department of Music presents a masterclass and concert by renowned guitarist Stephen Marchionda on Saturday, February 26. The masterclass will be held at 3 pm, Fine Arts Recital Hall, with the concert to follow at 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

His program will include the regional premiere of the Tango from Sophie's Choice by Nicholas Maw, as well as Maw's monumental work for solo guitar, Music of Memory, and works by John Dowland and Joaqu�n Rodrigo.

Stephen Marchionda has emerged as a unique presence on the international concert scene. His performances are characterized by flair, technical facility and musical individuality. The American Record Guide says, “...he turns in vibrant performances...energetic and vital, with a great sense of momentum and flow...cohesive and highly charged.” He has recently been featured in New York City at Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall (the Aranjuez Series), where Soundboard magazine wrote that “imbued with depth and passion, Marchionda played engagingly and with a sense of drama...deftly played.” He has appeared at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, the Cleveland and San Diego Museums of Art, the Cleveland Institute, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and numerous universities.

A strong advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Marchionda is top prize winner at several international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America's International Solo, the Segovia International, and the Manuel de Falla. A graduate of Yale University's School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was affiliated with the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1991, where he received classes with the celebrated guitarist Julian Bream, who called him a “strong, spirited performer.”

Admission to the concert is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID. Tickets are available online through MissionTix at or by calling 410-752-8950. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door (cash or check only). Admission to the masterclass is free.

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Posted by dwinds1 at February 13, 2005 12:00 AM