Kritzer engages his audiences with a wonderful mix of relevant dialogue, lifting meaning from the music while taking his audiences on a shared musical journey.
Romance for Guitar
The classical guitar speaks the language of love and romance across many cultures. Romance forGuitar includes music from the ballet “The Three Cornered Hat” by Manuel de Falla, where the three main characters of the ballet come alive, where faith and love are challenged and requited. Also on the program is a love song by Puccini called Nessun Dorma, and a tender lullaby that a mother sings to her child in the Afro-Cuban Lullaby. Romance for Guitar also includes Indonesian inspired works that are as charming as they are uplifting, South American works that bring alive the tribal customs of the Brazilian Aborigines and the rain forest they occupy, as well as some of the most crowd pleasing Spanish music from the Segovia repertoire.
Classical Guitar Christmas
This popular program delivers a reflective and intimate look at Christmas. Your audience will be transported to that first Christmas Eve performance, in a small Austrian chapel, of Franz Gruber’s Silent Night. Other great classics such as We Three Kings, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Away in a Manger, and others are included. These popular Christmas carols never sounded go engaging as they do under Kritzer’s hands – all especially arranged and crafted for guitar by Kritzer himself. Also included on the program are Baroque works by J.S. Bach and works by South American composer Augustine Barrios.
The baroque style is uniquely tailored to the articulate voicing of the classical guitar. Where in mostmusic a dominant melody, over a less important accompaniment exists, music from the baroque consists of multiple, equal voices. Under Kritzer’s hands this complex interplay unfolds naturally into a serene beauty.
Featured on this program are arrangements by Baroque specialist Michael Lorimer including J.S. Bach’s 1st Cello Suite and a powerful Tombeau (a musical eulogy) written for a fellow musician who died in the co
mposer’s arms. Also included on the program are charming and crowd pleasing works by S.L. Weiss and the landmark fiddle fugue paired in a new arrangement in the Prelude and Fugue for organ by J.S. Bach.