Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Frye Art Museum Concert Series, 2018-2019

Mark Wilson
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
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Wilson brings joy and technical finesse to the listener, integrating music from diverse backgrounds and different ages with a compelling story and a wry sense of humor. Wilson has distinguished himself as a unique voice with programs that feature his own transcriptions of the well-known and the obscure. Wilson's compositions for the guitar have appeared throughout the Northwest US and Canada. Wilson has taught at Whatcom Community College, Bellevue College and the Rosewood Guitar. Wilson's CD El Sueño del Camino 2015 was the product of a series of concerts performed along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. His latest CD, Pilgrimages 2018, features music he wrote or arranged for the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle. The inspiration for the music on the CD were his experiences playing along the Camino de Santiago, but the summer of 2015 made him realize the struggles we have in our own country and he wrote two new pilgrimage pieces, one dedicated to the legacy of Martin Luther King and the freedom march, and a more personal one inspired by Chuckanut drive. Wilson's current projects are recording music that he compiled on a tour of Spain last fall and working with Sarah Bassingthwaighte, flute and Stacey Mastrian, soprano in the Ecco Chamber Ensemble. They build concerts around the intersection of art and social change. The trio came together in 2016 with the aim of programming thought-provoking classical music that asks us to consider our common humanity and sheds light on issues of our time. Concerts have focused on homelessness at local and international levels, environmental issues, gun violence and other atrocities, our interaction with technology, and music's profound impact on education and on us as human beings.


Pacific Duo
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
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For over 10 years, the Pacific Duo have excited audiences with programs that explore the subtle colors and rich poetry of the voice and guitar repertoire. Meeting at the Chenango MusicFest in 2005, they have been featured in recital throughout Mexico, including at the Bellas Artes Manuel Ponce Chamber Hall in Mexico City. While their repertoire includes works by well known composers such as de Falla, Argento, and Schubert; the two are passionate advocates for lesser known treasures, as well as for new commissioned works—particularly those of Mexican and Latin American composers. Twice, they were selected as Artists in Residence with the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, which along with a grant from Seattle Pacific University helped to sponsor their recording ON MY PEOPLE. The CD features as the title track a powerful setting of a Holocaust poem by Mexican composer Samuel Zyman. Released on the Origin Classical label, the CD is a collection of Sephardic inspired songs that includes the monumental 19-song cycle The Divan of Moses-Ibn-Ezra by film composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Ladino folk melodies by Catalonian composer Matilda Salvador. Additional new music premieres by the Duo include Songs of the Poets by Bryan Townsend as part of the San Miguel de Allende International Guitar Festival; and 1964, written and dedicated to the Duo by Argentine composer, Alberto Nuñez. The duo has been privileged to have had the support of the Mexican government's Coordinación Nacional de Música y Ópera, which sponsored a recital tour for them of concert halls throughout Mexico City, Guanajuato, and Salamanca. Other concert appearances include recitals at the Festival de Guitarra Internacional del Noreste in Saltillo, Mexico and the Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra in Tijuana, Mexico.


Irina Kulikova
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
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The daughter of a Russian cellist, Irina Kulikova started developing her musical senses at an exceptionally young age. At five, she got her first guitar. At eight, she made her first public performance. By the time she was twelve, Irina Kulikova was a child star playing all across Russia and at festivals in Europe, to be discovered by some of the world's leading guitarists and critics. At fourteen her name appeared in Maurice Summerfield's book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800. Today, Irina Kulikova tours far afield, with appearances at leading festivals in Europe, North America and Asia and in concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Academic Capella in St. Petersburg, Schloss Mirabell in Salzburg, the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, the Musashino Hall in Tokyo and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai. She received over 30 awards for her artistry, including 1st prizes at the highly prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany.Irina Kulikova graduated with distinction at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), the Conservatoire of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and the Gnessins Academy in Moscow (Russia). She recorded four solo CD's, three of which are distributed worldwide by the Naxos label. Irina Kulikova resides in The Hague (The Netherlands), Los Angeles (USA) and Salzburg (Austria). Her concert career as a soloist and with a variety of ensembles and orchestras, she combines with a personal dedication to teaching.


James Kline
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
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Classical guitarist, composer, and innovator of the 19 string arch harp guitar, James Kline is an artist who constantly renews and reinvents himself. As a classical guitarist he studied in Spain under a full scholarship from the Spanish government. There he won a number of international awards, including the Ramirez Prize of Santiago de Compostella and the Tarrega Pize of Benicasim. He holds an ARCM diploma from The Royal College of Music of London and has performed throughout eastern and western Europe as well as the United States and Mexico. He has also gained recognition as a composer and was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in music composition from the Marin Arts Council of California. As a composer, James draws inspiration from a slightly more unusual life experience which includes years working as a commercial fisherman, working as a wilderness guide, extensive travel on four continents, and living among Mexico's Tarahumara Indians. An interest in Renaissance and Baroque music led him to design his own version of the eleven-string arch guitar, an instrument which combines the best qualities of the lute and the guitar. The urge to expand his horizons and dedicate more time to composing led James to cofound the neo Celtic group Bardou with whom he performs regularly. He has again reinvented his instrument to become the world's only player of the 19-string arch harp guitar, a combination of lute, guitar, and Celtic harp. A modern-day troubadour, his performances reflect a wonderful diversity of life experience and musical intrigue and are often punctuated with storytelling.



Ticket Information
Stroll the colorful galleries of one of the Northwest's finest art museums, and then hear a world-class guitarist perform in the Frye Art Museum's intimate recital hall. The SCGS is able to bring these concerts to the Seattle audience through the generous support of the Frye Art Museum, member donations, and grants. The artists are paid, but the admission is FREE! All concerts start at 2:00 PM. Seating in the Frye Auditorium is limited. Tickets are distributed in the Foyer outside the Frye Auditorium beginning at 1 pm. Please note: Tickets go very quickly, so come early to pick up a ticket and then enjoy the exhibitions or have lunch at the fine cafe before the concert. The Frye Art Museum is located at 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019. fryemuseum.org