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Aaron Larget-Caplan in Solo Classical Guitar Concert "Dances, Lullabies and Love Songs, Music of the East and West". at Willits Community Theatre on Saturday, August 31st at 8 pm
Willits Community Theatre
Willits, CA
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Aaron Larget-Caplan in Solo Classical Guitar Concert "Dances, Lullabies and Love Songs, Music of the East and West". at Willits Community Theatre on Saturday, August 31st at 8 pm
Aaron Larget-Caplan in Solo Classical Guitar Concert
at Willits Community Theatre on Saturday, August 31st at 8 pm

Fresh from solo performances in St. Petersburg, Russia; Sicily and Mantova, Italy; Boston-based classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan makes his Willits debut on Saturday, August 31st at 8pm in a solo concert entitled Music of the East and West. This performance will take place at the Willits Community Theater in downtown Willits as part of his Route 101 East-West Tour that has him in Oregon and California (San Francisco, Sacramento, Willits and Chico).

In this one night event, international guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan, whom the Washington Post called "a riveting artist whose musical styling begs immediate attention", will explore the exotic serenades and dances of the Iberian peninsula with Spanish and flamenco masterpieces by Isaac Albéniz, Esteban Sanlucar and Pascual Marquina; the inevitability of life found in the push and pull of the ocean tide by United States composer Kevin Siegfried; re-imaginations of American popular songs and lullabies from the Japan by Toru Takemitsu (collaborator with Akira Kurosawa) and a rarely heard masterwork by Keigo Fujii.

An avid solo and chamber music performer, Aaron's performances combine the traditional expressivity with contemporary passion. A gifted speaker and teacher, Aaron has a unique ability to connect with audience allowing both the traditional and new repertoire come to life.

Of his new solo program 'Music of the East and West', Aaron says, "the seed of the program came from a concert I attended in Cordoba, Spain at a festival in 1998 where I heard the masterpiece 'Legend of Hagaromo' by Keigo Fujii. My mind was made up to learn the 20+ minute work; but as often happens with big dreams, life intervened, and it made me go in new musical directions before I could commit the time to learn it. I wasn't sure how to bridge the Japanese piece into my program until 2006 when I came upon the genius of Toru Takemitsu's arrangements of popular songs. I was so moved by his re-creation of the lullaby 'Summertime' by George Gershwin that I was inspired to begin my New Lullaby Project, which has gone on to include 40 premieres by 36 composers and a CD in 2010. In this program I also include Harold Alen's 'Over the Rainbow'.

As what is 'West' is dependent on where one stands at a given moment, I found myself drawn to include some Spanish pieces, especially as my love of Spanish music has been with me since I was a small child. So much so, that in 2006 I founded ¡Con Fuego! (With Fire!), a Spanish classical music and dance ensemble. For the Willits program I include two popular flamenco solos, 'Panaderos' and 'España Cañi (Paso Doble)' and the famed serenade, 'Granada', by Isaac Albéniz. The opening piece on the program is very close to my heart, having been written for me in 2003 at my request. In a minimalist style, 'Tracing a wheel on water' by Kevin Siegfried is a dance inspired by the rising and falling tides of the Maine coast. The effect is so strong that I have performed it close to 100 times."

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Colorado, Aaron Larget-Caplan was recently appointed to the faculty of The Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts Boston. He discovered the classical guitar at age 16, following a few years of electric guitar that included (or climaxed) with playing along with Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Doors in his bedroom. A lover of history and the idea of self, Aaron quickly made the switch to classical upon being introduced to the instrument in a high school Spanish class. After listening and much practice he graduated from the New England Conservatory having studied with David Leisner and Eliot Fisk. Following the Conservatory Aaron studied for seven years with Russian master pedagogue Dmitry Goryachev and flamenco with Juanito Pascual. Besides guitar, Aaron enjoys organic food and espresso, and searching out hot springs.

You can find more information about Aaron including his recordings, videos and upcoming concerts at www.AaronLC.com


Aaron Larget-Caplan
www.AaronLC.com
Guitar faculty:
Boston Conservatory & University of Massachusetts Boston
NewLullabyProject.com  ConFuegoMusic.com
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Location

Willits Community Theatre (View)
37 West Van Lane
Willits, CA 95490
United States


Categories

Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Craol C.
Redwood Valley, CA United States
Aug 26, 2013 3:41 PM
James C.
Redwood Valley, CA United States
Aug 26, 2013 3:41 PM

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