Simon Powis Concert

Last night we hosted Simon Powis at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Lancaster. This was my first attempt to put my Bill Graham hat on and organize a concert and I would say that while there were some things I learned from doing the show, overall it went smoothly and a good time was had by all.

The audience was made up of three main groups:

  • Lancaster residents who read the story in the LNP papers (there is a link here, although I am not sure how long it will remain outside their paywall)
  • Members of the Classical Guitar Society of Lancaster
  • Visiting members of the Classical Guitar Corner, a group who traveled here from Texas, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware to attend the concert. This is Simon’s online school and the students are very enthused.

There were about 50 people in attendance – a tad smaller than I had hoped for, but overall a good turnout, and I am told it was on a par with similar events in New York City (something which went a long way to making me feel good about the audience size).

I will not repost more info on Simon, but simply say that his performance was as good or better than you have seen in various YouTube videos of his playing. His interpretations of the music are personal and very in keeping with the what I imagine are the intentions of the composers.

The program consisted of a diverse selection that spanned music from the Baroque to modern guitar music from South America and Europe. The playlist for the concert is here:

Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

  • Sonata K. 322 (arr. Powis)
  • Sonata K. 208 (arr. Powis)

Armand Coeck (1941)

  • Constellations

J.S Bach (1685–1750)

  • Prelude BWV 999
  • Fugue BWV 1001 (arr. Powis)

Intermission

Roland Dyens (1955 – 2016)

  • Libra Sonatine
  • India, Largo, Fuoco

Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885 – 1944)

  • Vals 3
  • Julia Floria
  • Vals 4

Jose Luis Merlin (1952)

  • Suite del Recuerdo

1. Evocation 

2. Zamba 

3. Chacarera 

4. Carnavalito

5. Joropo

In addition to his excellent playing, Simon also explained some of the history, originals and context of the music so the audience was aware of how the music fit into the canon of music for the guitar.

Here’s to Simon. We will now look forward to our next CLSL concert!

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