Sun26Feb20173 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hartka & Lezcano Cello-Guitar Duo, From Bach to Brazil
Cellist Rebecca Hartka and guitarist José Lezcano will present works by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali and Cuban composer Eduardo Martin, selections from Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs, and Lezcano’s own Sonata for Cello and Guitar (2015), in an eclectic language liberally inflected with Cuban, Jazz, and Tango rhythms and melodic gestures. Also included will be Bach's First Cello Suite and the Chaconne from the D minor violin partita, arranged for solo guitar. The program is helping to raise funds (with the Boston Cello Society) for a high quality student cello for a Cuban music school.
Hartka and Lezcano have collaborated since 2014 in venues such as the Longy School of Music, the Arts Block, North Hall Arts Festival, and Keene State College. In March 2017 the duo will perform and give master classes in Havana, Cuba through the invitation of UNEAC. Their first recording of music by Latin American Composers will be released in fall 2017.
Jose Manuel Lezcano is a twice Grammy-nominated composer and guitarist, who has composed many works for solo guitar, guitar in chamber music, and concertos for solo guitar and guitar with wind instruments. Hailed by Fanfare as “an excellent guitarist as well as an imaginative composer,” his works have been performed and/or recorded by numerous leading musicians, including Maestra Joanne Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. He has performed his concerti with North-South Consonance of New York, Orquesta Nacional del Peru, Orquesta Nacional and Orquesta Juvenil (Ecuador), Orquesta de Tolima (Colombia); and Rodrigo’s “Aranjuez” with Portsmouth & Granite State Symphonies (NH). His works are published by Alry and Mundoarts.
A frequent performer on New England concert series, Jose has appeared on Electric Earth, Portland Chamber Music, Wisteria Chamber Music, Claremont Summer Concerts, Monadnock Bass Hall, and Apple Hill. Recent international appearances include the Havana Identidades International Festival where he premiered his second Double Concerto for Flute, Guitar and Strings with Ivan Valiente conducting the Orquesta Solistas de la Habana, and the NYC premiere of “Postcards” for flute and piano at the Spectrum Composers Now Festival. In June 2013, Jose was Artist in Residence at the Studios of Key West and composed Key West Suite on commission for the Amaral Duo. Recent commissions include “Mojito, Guitarra, Flauta, Habano, y Cuerdas,” premiered in 2014 at Music in Miami.
As Professor of Music at Keene State College, Jose coordinates the guitar program, conducts the Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble, and teaches a thriving studio of talented young guitarists. He was honored by KSC with its award for “Distinguished Faculty Research and Scholarship,” and received a 2016 Ewing Award from the Keene Sentinel.
Rebecca Hartka, Cellist
Cellist Rebecca Hartka has concertized for over a decade in venues throughout the U.S. as well as Italy, Vietnam, and Thailand. Hartka's playing was described by the Hanoi Times as "... magical and eloquent." Committed to building bridges through performance and transcending classical music stereotypes, Hartka has performed in nontraditional venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass., the Hampshire County Jail, numerous coffee houses and private homes, and such prestigious venues as the American Embassy in Hanoi. According to the Boston Musical Intelligencer, her 2014 release, Light & Shadow: Sonatas of Rachmaninov and Poulenc with pianist Alys Terrien-Queen, "take this rich Russian music to new heights," and "ranks comfortably alongside several impressive readings by other major cellists." In 2013-14 Hartka was artist faculty in Arcidosso, Italy, for the Interharmony International Music Festival. She has appeared recently as a solo recitalist in the Frederick Historical Piano Collection Concert Series, Boston French Cultural Center, Wistaria Chamber Music Society Concerts at 7, Classics in the Woods, North Quabbin Center for the Arts Series, Community Connections Concert Series, and Columbia Universities St Lukes Concert Series. Her debut CD, Folkfire, with pianist Azusa Komiyama, released in October 2010, received critical acclaim as well as National Public Radio play, including a feature on Paul Elisha's Performance Place. As a Deans Scholar Hartka earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music Degree at Boston University College of Fine Arts, and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory. She has studied with Andor Toth, Michael Reynolds, Rhonda Rider, and Leslie Parnas.