Scott Kritzer’s December 2014 Calendar

I’ve got another month of active touring with performances in Oregon and Washington including a rare Portland appearance. Please find a list of performances, program and ticket information below. Copy the link in your browser and forward to your friends who live nearby!

Eugene Radio
Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday December 3rd

Tuesday, December 2nd – Performing Live on FM KLCC 89.7 The ‘Q’ with Eric Alan @ 2:30 PDT

Wednesday, December 3rd – Appearing on NewsTalk AM 590 KUGN with Storm Kennedy @ in the 8:00 am hour PDT

Friday, December 5th, 7:30 pm
Works from Ballet, the Baroque and Opera

Raven Frame Works
325 W 4th Av – Eugene, OR

I’ll be performing works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Albeniz, Default, Weiss, Puccini and Schubert. For tickets call 541-342-3067.

Saturday, December 6th, 7:30 pm
Holiday Music for Classical Guitar

Emmaus Lutheran Church
1250 18th Ave – Eugene, OR

I’ll be performing works from my Classical Guitar Christmas CD – listen HERE. For tickets call 541-953-9204.

Monday December 8th, 7:30 pm
Chamber Music Amici – Mozart to Boccherini

Wildish Community Theater
630 Main St – Springfield, OR

I’ll be performing the popular Quintet in D Major including the famous Fandango complete with rasqueados and castanets! For tickets call 541-953-9204. For more information go to this LINK.

Sunday, December 14th, 2:00 pm
Holiday Music for Classical Guitar

Inn at Harbor Village
115 Lake St SE – Ilwaco, WA

I’ll be performing works from my Classical Guitar Christmas CD – listen HERE. To purchase tickets go to TICKETS. For more information go to this LINK. Please note, Portland fans are staying at the Shelburne Inn.

Friday, December 19th 8:00 pm
Scott Kritzer 50 Yr Retrospective Benefit Concert

Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis- Portland, OR

In this retrospective concert celebrating my 50 years of guitar playing I’ll be performing works by Puccini, de Falla, Bach, Weiss and from my Classical Guitar Christmas CD. The concert will benefit the Portland Guitar Society’s Advani Fund. The Society established this fund to help serious students who have financial need to pursue their guitar studies. For tickets go to Eventbrite. For more information go to this LINK.

Arrive early and beginning at 7:45 you’ll be introduced to my student, the very talented 14 year old Michael Hermes, who will preview part of his upcoming Portland premiere slated for the spring of 2015.

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50 Year Retrospective Concert – Benefit for the PGS’s Advani Fund

From performing in London, New York, Frankfurt, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, classical guitarist Scott Kritzer celebrates fifty years of playing the guitar with a rare Portland appearance in a retrospective concert to benefit the Portland Guitar Society’s Advani Fund on Friday, December 19th, 2014, 8:00 PM at the Community Music Center located at 3350 SE Francis in Portland, Oregon.

20141011-_MG_3136Advanced tickets are $15, available at https://scottkritzerconcert.eventbrite.com.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. All tickets are for general admission.

After making his own instrument from a cigar box, a piece of pine and rubber bands, his parents FirstGuitardecided a guitar would be a good Christmas gift. That was in 1964. “The instrument has never really left my hands,” he says. Over the decades following, Kritzer has established himself as one of America’s top classical guitarists with a lineage to the great Andres Segovia. One of Kritzer’s main teachers was a favorite Segovia protege Michael Lorimer. “I am so fortunate to have worked with so many great teachers, especially with Michael. In fact, after a thirty-year hiatus I began working with him again prior to making my recording Romance for Guitar. I also feel fortunate to have been able to sustain a career playing the guitar, and I thought it appropriate to give back to the guitar community.”

ScottKritzer’s December 19th concert will benefit the Portland Guitar Society’s Advani Fund. The late Gulu Advani was a former student of Mr. Kritzer’s and an active member of the Portland Guitar Society. The PGS established the fund in his memory in 1991 with the intent to help serious students of the guitar who have financial need to pursue their studies. Funds are available for lessons, master classes, sheet music or other expenses clearly related to guitar study.

Opening the program will be works featured on his upcoming all-baroque recording; three Scott Kritzer, Guitaristmovements from a Sonata by baroque lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss. He will close the program with a set of works that opened his senior recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1980 from Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat. Also on the December 19th program are works reflecting Kritzer’s interest in working with vocalists, something he’s done nearly all his career.  In between other works by Albeniz and Villa-Lobos, he will be performing his popular arrangement of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and a premiere of his new arrangement Der Leiermann by Franz Schubert. Kritzer will also play a few Christmas carols from his  A Classical Guitar Christmas CD.

Advanced tickets are $15, available at https://scottkritzerconcert.eventbrite.com.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. All tickets are for general admission.

Arrive early and beginning at 7:45 you’ll be introduced to my student, the very talented 14 year old Michael Hermes, who will preview part of his upcoming Portland premiere slated for the spring of 2015.

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Scott Kritzer Arrangements for Classical Guitar – Audio and Musical Samples

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God Rest Ye - Audio Sample

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Christmas Youth – Audio Sample

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Audio Sample 

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We Three Kings of Orient Are – Audio Sample 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Audio Sample

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Silent Night – Audio Sample 

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Joy to the World – Audio Sample

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Der Leiermann Musical Sample (audio not available at this time).

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Nessun Dorma – Audio Sample

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Christmas Concert for the Water Music Festival – Long Beach, WA – December 14th

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

SUNDAY • DECEMBER 14, 2014 • 2-4 • INN AT HARBOUR VILLAGE {Map} • $5 suggested donation at the door
Classical Guitar ChristmasWelcome the holiday season by treating yourself to an exquisite afternoon of music!  I’m back for my 6th appearance with the Water Music Festival in a 20141011-_MG_3072 copyprogram of Christmas Carols and works by Bach, Weiss and Albeniz.  And the award-winning Ilwaco High School show choir will entertain you to start off your festive afternoon.  The Inn at Harbour Village will be the venue and will be decorated beautifully for the holidays.  Enjoy hot and cold beverages and a lovely array of homemade cookies and other sweet treats!  Just $5 suggested donation at the door!  A portion  of the proceeds will help fund educational workshop and performance  opportunities for our local school music programs.
Out of town concert-goers might like to stay at my favorite place the Shelburne Inn located on the Long Beach Peninsula – great dining and wonderful rooms! For reservations call 360-642-2442. Join me for a post concert get together at the Shelburne!
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Performance with Chamber Music Amici – Quintet No 4 in D major by Luigi Boccherini

With it’s final movement (the Fandango) Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet No 4 for string quartet and guitar builds wonderfully, movement to movement, to this crowning finale, complete with rasqueado’s and castanets!

On Monday, December 8th I’ll be performing the Quintet with Eugene’s Chamber Music Amici on their “Mozart and Boccherini” concert to be held at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield, Oregon. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Also on the program is Mozart’s Eb Piano Quintet featuring pianist Victor Steinhart.
Chamber Music Amici’s core musicians include Pilar Bradshaw, violin; Amy Goeser Kolb, oboe; Steven Pologe, cello; Sharon Schuman, violin; and Victor Steinhardt, piano. With the motto, “Creating community through great music,” the mission of Chamber Music Amici is to produce excellent, affordable chamber music concerts which appeal to all ages. “Fandango on.” I say!
Tickets for the December 8th performance can be purchased HERE.

Wildish Community Theater

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Christmas Carol Arrangements for Classical Guitar by Scott Kritzer

Classical Guitar Christmas Sheet Music

It’s always fun to learn and play Christmas music this time of year and so, after numerous requests, I’m making many of the arrangements from my Classical Guitar Christmas recording available in PDF. You can purchase each arrangement individually or as a book of seven Christmas carols.

These popular arrangements for classical guitar are available by going to my STORE. Scroll down to ‘Arrangements’ You can purchase single arrangemetns for $4.95 or choose to order all seven arrangements for $19.95. Within 24 hours you’ll be emailed your music. You can preview excerpts of the written scores and music HERE.

To purchase the Classical Guitar Christmas and other recordings and arrangements please go to my Store.

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Der Leiermann by Franz Schubert for Solo Guitar

With the drone of the hurdy-gurdy as its backdrop this arrangement, the final work from Franz Schubert’s epic work Die Winterreise, gives the classical guitarist a chance to play one of the great works from the Romantic period on solo guitar.

Featured in the 2008 film In Bruges, Der Leiermann is the final work of a major song cycle set to the poetry of Wilhelm Müller. This haunting work reflects the desperation of a street musician (a hurdy-gurdy player) as he plays with stiff fingers, barefoot on the frozen ground. His begging plate is empty and the only attention he garners is from snarling dogs.

Characteristic of Schubert’s Winterriese is the elevation of the accompaniment in equality to the singer.  Der Leiermann’s accompaniment features a repetitive pattern, with slight variations – each answered with a haunting melody that reflects the desperation of Müller’s poem.I made this arrangement after a series of performances with baritone Marc Gremm. I realized that placing both the accompaniment and vocal line together was a natural fit for the deep sound of the classical guitar. The reentrant tuning of the 5th and 6th strings makes this a moderately easy work to learn and perform.

Winterriese was Schubert’s final work and Der Leiermann was edited by the composer just before his death in 1828.

To purchase a copy of this arrangement as well as other arrangements go to my Store and scroll down to Arrangements. Arrangements from my Classical Guitar Christmas are also available there.

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Thursdays @ Three – Live Radio Broadcast from the Studios of KQAC, October 30th

‘Thursdays @ Three’ is an intimate weekly broadcast by radio station All Classical KQAC, in their wonderful new facility on the banks of the Willamette River. ‘Thursdays @ Three’ showcases live music and conversation with host Robert McBride – all in the company of a studio audience. If you want to be part of the studio audience go to Studio Request Form.

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On Thursday October 30th (at 3:00 pm PDT) I’ll be performing works originally for guitar as well as popular arrangements for the instrument including works by Villa-Lobos, Bach, Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz. I’ll be joined by pianist Susan McDaniel and we’ll compare the Spanish work Asturias, played on both its original instrument (piano) and guitar.

‘Thursdays @ Three’ host Robert McBride says “I love to talk with musicians about what they do, so that’s always part of the mix”.

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Robert says “People in the studio audience are encouraged to use social media to share the event, as long as they don’t disturb anyone. We always take pictures and share them on facebook”. The audience is lead into the studio at 2:30 and then greeted by Robert McBride at 2:45. Then it’s live radio, around the world 3:00 pm PDT!

If you can’t make it to the KQAC studio be sure to listen by going to 89.9 FM or if you’re outside the local broadcast range simply go to All Classical and click on the ‘Listen’ button. And while you’re there click on the ‘Donate’ button as well and become a member of this great station where you get commercial free classical music every hour of every day…

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Acoustic Guitar Masters Premiere Performance – Saturday, October 11 – Portland, Oregon

Acoustic Guitar Masters, featuring fingerstyle guitarist Mark Hanson, jazz guitarist Eric Skye, and classical guitarist Scott Kritzer, will be in concert on Saturday, October 11th at Tabor Space located at 5441 SE Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite. (Advanced tickets are suggested).

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in communicating across genres of music. The October 11th concert will bring out the best of these styles when these three standouts from the worlds of classical, jazz and fingerstyle perform music from Miles Davis to Villa-Lobos to Americana ballads.

Also featured on the program will be a new arrangement of the popular Cuban lullaby – sung by mothers to their children – called the Afro Cuban Lullaby played together by Hanson, Kritzer and Sky.

Fingerstyle Master Mark Hanson

Fingerstyle guitarist and author Mark Hanson won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the “Henry Mancini – Pink Guitar” CD. His graceful approach to the guitar defines smooth and belies the intricacies of his masterful fingerstyle playing. An engaging performer, he has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and the late Jerry Garcia. Mark played for the President of the United States in 2009.

Mark has written over two dozen titles on playing guitar, including the best-selling Art of Contemporary Travis Picking. His numerous recordings continue to play on NPR and Martha Stewart Living, even on American Idol! Each summer he runs his own Accent On Music Fingerstyle Guitar Seminar at PSU in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Jazz Guitarist Eric Skye

Eric Skye occupies a unique niche. Most often billed as a jazz guitarist, this original musician plays in an eclectic style by exploring jazz, americana, and blues. His music speaks with a popping melody over an engaging percussive groove. His most recent recording, A Different Kind Of Blue, was officially acknowledged by the Miles Davis estate and chosen by the magazine Acoustic Guitar as one of the top ten albums of 2012. Eric Skye has also been featured in Guitar Player Magaine and his music has been heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

Scott Kritzer displays a consummate commitment to technical excellence and an unparalleled sense of musicality that evokes the lyricism of his teacher’s teacher, Andres Segovia. His appearences have brought him decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike. He has debuted to critical acclaim in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and performed in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. In 1996 he was chosen by Senator Mark O. Hatfield to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Scott’s recordings include Classical Guitar Christmas, Romance for Guitar, as well as his recordings with soprano Janet Chvatal: Songs of the Americas and In The Blue Hour.

In addition to an active performing career, Scott is a highly sought after instructor. Some of his students have gone on to attend such notable institutions as The Juilliard School, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and his alma mater, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His annual Classical Guitar Immersion, held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon, sells out and draws classical guitar aficionados worldwide.

Tickets for the Saturday, October 11th performance are $20 and available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite.

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Water Music Festival with the Miramont Trio – SOLD OUT!

 

Leadbetter Farms

The Miramont Trio (Janet Chvatal – coloratura soprano, Marc Gremm – baritone and Scott Kritzer – classical guitar) will perform for the Water Music Festival’s 30th Season Celebration on Saturday, October 18th at the Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse in Long Beach, Washington. Local fans are invited to come for the weekend. Come stay with us at the Shelburne Inn. Saturday night’s festivities begin at 6 pm. Leadbetter Farms is a fantasy venue with flaming dragons, outdoor sculptures and a lagoon on 600 oceanside acres. The concert is held in the lavishly built lighthouse. Enjoy the Leadbetter Farms sunset before the concert with wine from a no-host bar and wonderful light bites from the area’s best restaurants. Then settle in for an exquisite and highly entertaining evening of music by the Miramont Trio, one of Water Music Festival’s all-time favorite artist ensembles to perform here! The Chvatal/Kritzer Duo’s premier performance was at the Water Music Festival in 1996 and they have been featured many times since. Thier 2014 performance will include opera and chamber works arranged by Kritzer including Bizet’s Habanera (LISTEN), Puccini’s Nessun Dorma  for solo guitar, and works by Andrew Llyod Webber, Schubert, Albeniz and Bach.

American soprano Janet Chvatal made her professional debut on Broadway in THE FANTASTIKS, and her European debut in Vienna as “Christine”in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. German Baritone

The Miramont Trio

Marc Gremm’s first musical performances included the leading role in THE SECRET GARDEN and DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES. Soon after, Mr. Gremm performed the leading role of “Javert” in LES MISERABLES. Guitarist Scott Kritzer’s consummate commitment to technical excellence as the solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality has brought him decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike in concert halls around the world including Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In 1996, he was chosen by then Senator Mark O. Hatfield to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Other artists on the weekends events include the Augustana Jazz Quartet (Friday, October 17th) and the Grammy-Award winning Tingstad and Rumble on Saturday afternoon on the 18th. Those who would like to visit for the weekend can book rooms at the historic Shelburne Inn. Mention the Miramont Trio and receive a 10% discount on your stay! You’ll likely hear some informal performances by the artists at the Shelburne and be treated to fantastic farm to table dining. Also, hang around after the concerts for some late night appetizers and drinks with the artists!

Long Beach

For more information and to purchase tickets go to Water Music Festival.

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