October 2012: Presenting Johannes Möller at Three Stages and Julio Reyes at CSUS Capistrano Hall for Sacramento Guitar Society (SGS)
September 2012: Presented SGS at Westminster Presbyterian's Music at Noon, and guitarist Michael Goldberg at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS
August 2012: Lick Observatory Concert shared with Alex de Grassi
July 2012: Two concerts with Francesca Anderson and attended the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition
June 2012: Presented Bill Kanengiser at Three Stages, received grant from South Sacramento Rotary on behalf of SGS and led the SGS Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors
May 2012: Presented Zaira Meneses at Three Stages and Antony Kakamakov at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS, received grant from Wells Fargo on behalf of SGS and led a guitar workshop at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Elk Grove
April 2012: Presented Phillip Hemmo at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS and had a "big" birthday
March 2012: Presented The San Francisco Guitar Quartet at Three Stages and Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition Youth Division winner Alexander Stroud at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS, and performed with Francesca Anderson for the Looney Tunes Art Exhibition opening at The Gallery at 48 Natoma
February 2012: Presented Arina Burcéva at Three Stages and the Los Angeles Guitar Duo at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS, and hosted the Mark Hanson Fingerstyle Guitar Folsom Workshop
January 2012: Presented composer-guitarist Ross Thompson at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS
December 2011: Performed with Francesca Anderson in Palo Alto at the Themis Computer annual holiday party, and presented the Sacramento Guitar Orchestra at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS
November 2011: Presented Benjamin Biers at Three Stages and Steve Lin at CSUS Capistrano Hall for SGS
October 2011: Presented Jon Mendle at Three Stages and Trio Seven at Christ Community Church for SGS
September 2011: Presented Phùng Tuâń Vũ at Christ Community Church for SGS
August 2011: Lick Observatory Concert shared with Ian Ethan, and also at 48 Natoma in Folsom, plus joining Gordon Rowland and Friends at Westminster Presbyterian's Music at Noon
July 2011: Gave a concert with Francesca Anderson at Zia's Gelateria Artigianale in Placerville and did a solo guitar wedding at Thomas Fogarty Winery in the Bay Area
June 2011: Presented El Dorado Hills luthier Waylin Carpenter for SGS and led the SGS Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors
May 2011: Inaugurated SGS at Three Stages in Folsom with two sold out concerts with Muriel Anderson and Raugi Ebert, and presented Ashland Oregon's David Rogers at Christ Community Church for SGS
April 2011: Led the West Coast Guitar Societies Roundtable and presented Jesse McCann from Oregon and Gohar
Vardanyan from New York in concert, gave an SGS Community Concerts Series concert in Plymouth with Francesca Anderson and presented Daniel Roest and Friends on my birthday at Westminster Presbyterian's Music at Noon
March 2011: Gave a solo concert in Shingle Springs, presented Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition Youth Division winner Wu Love at Christ Community Church for SGS and performed with Francesca Anderson for the The Landscape of Gregory Kondos Art Exhibition opening at The Gallery at 48 Natoma
February 2011: Presented Giacomo Fiore at Christ Community Church for SGS and hosted the Mark Hanson Fingerstyle Guitar Folsom Workshop
January 2011: Presented Matthew Grasso at Christ Community Church for SGS, performed with Francesca Anderson at The Gallery at 48 Natoma and performed with Francesca Anderson for Career Day at Albert Einstein Middle School
December 2010: Performed with Francesca Anderson in Saratoga for the Saratoga Coutry Club Christmas Eve Brunch and in Palo Alto at the Themis Computer annual holiday party, SGS Holiday Party at CSUS Capistrano Hall
November 2010: George Engalnd and Gabe Becker Guitar Duo and the Bekker Pinno-Guitar Duo
October 2010: Presented Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition Youth Division winner Ashwin Krisha at Christ Community Church for SGS
September 2010: Performed with Francesca Anderson at Emeritus Assisted Living in Folsom and Sacramento Guitar Society at Westminster Presbyterian's Music at Noon
August 2010: concert at Luick Observatorywith Tim and Myles Thompson, covered in the previous issue of Legato
The first Friday the month until the Fall of 2011, I was hosting the Acoustic Open Mic at Borders Books and Music in Folsom until they went out of business. We had nothing to do with that -we were very popular!
Have you ever been so busy you completely overlooked something routine?
It has been since the Fall of 2010 that I put together a newsletter. As you can see above, Legato started out as a quarterly newsletter. Open any back issue and you'll see lots was happening. How did the gap between today and the autumn of 2010 happen without a Legato coming out? Too busy. WAAAAAAAY too busy. The combination of teaching and performing and leading the Sacramento Guitar Society and having a family precluded all but the most important other projects.
Nevertheless, I'm on a binge of upgrading and updating the whole website, and it seemed like the obvious thing to do, to summarize the events since the last issue.
"The Three Amigos" was the name on the disk the photographer gave me after shooting trio partners Greg Williams, Sean O'Connor and me in my backyard.
We did a joint concert for the Auburn Community Concerts Association and Placer Arts Council July 12th, 2012. Solos, duos, trios, a full house an standing ovation. Pretty cool.
The program spanned four centuries and included music by Albeniz, Bartholdy, Carulli, Granados, Handel, Monti, Schumann, Tárrega, Telemann, Villa-Lobos and von Weber. Opening the concert was local favorite, violinist Giorgi Khokhobashvili, solo and in duet with me. We did Entr'acte from Carmen by Georges Bizet (1838--1875) and Czardas by Vottirio Monti, (1868-1922). Giorgi hails from Georgia and channeled the full gypsy energy needed.
For many years now, Lick Observatory's Music of the Spheres has presented my Great Guitars!concert at the end of summer. This year's special guest was Alex de Grassi. Those familiar with fingerstyle steel string guitar recognize Alex as an icon of the genre, and he is a tremendous artist. After my set, I brought him up to the stage, where he played his own solid set.
The year before featured Ian Ethan on 18-string Ovation steel-string and African thumb piano. For both concerts my buddy Herb Tanimoto came along and was a tremendous help with logistics. As an avid an knowedgeable astronomy buff, Herb looks forward to each trip. After the concerts, the audience is treated to viewing and lectures by UC astronomers.
I'm going to leave off here and add as I get time, hopefully soon,