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Alfredo Muro performs with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra
March 23, 2012, 11:20 am
Filed under: News

Saturday, March 31st, 2012, at the First Congregational Church of Boulder, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra will present a program featuring Alfredo Muro, an internationally known guitarist. There will also be a special guest appearance by Felicity Muench, who teaches guitar at Colorado State University and Colorado Christian University. This is going to be an outstanding program, and one of the reasons is the lengthy list of composers being performed which I have included below. Certainly, two composers that I’m looking forward to are Luigi Boccherini and Antonio Vivaldi. The Vivaldi being performed is his Concerto in D Major, which, as my memory serves me, was last performed in the Denver Metro area by JoAnn Falletta when she conducted the Denver Chamber Orchestra. It is also been a long time since I have heard a piece by Boccherini for guitar.

I will include a short biographical statement from the website of both of the guest artists:

“Alfredo Muro was born in Lima, Peru. At the age of 10 he began teaching himself to play the guitar, and he progressed rapidly. He was soon awarded a scholarship to study with Maestro José Pepe Torres at his Guitar Academy.

“At age 13, Mr. Muro took the top prize in a nationally televised competition featuring musicians from more than one hundred schools. In 1971, he was the winner in the year-long TV program Trampoline to Fame.

“Mr. Muro continued his studies with two of the greatest Peruvian guitar masters, Octavio Ticona and Carlos Hayre, gaining mastery of harmonic theory and the rich variety of Peruvian folklore. After four years of intense studies he moved to the United States to broaden his musical skills, studying with great masters Manuel Lopez Ramos, Frank Costa, and John Doan.

“Mr. Muro had the honor of representing Peru at the 16th Annual International Guitar Festival–2005 in Lima and for the second time at the 5th Annual International Guitar Festival–2007 in Arequipa. These juried events featured artists from thirteen countries, including Spain, Germany, Sweden, the United States, Argentina, and Japan. In 2008, Mr. Muro was invited to participate at the Entre Cuerdas International Guitar Festival in Chile and at the First International Guitar Festival in Junin de los Andes in Argentina. In April of 2009 he performed in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio do Janeiro, and in July of that year he was featured in three concerts in the cities of Numberg and Berlin, Germany.”

“Felicity Muench began playing the guitar at the age of seven. In 1980, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of New Mexico and in 1982 received a Master of Arts in Music from California State University, Northridge. She has been selected to perform in master classes with world renowned guitarists Andres Segovia, Pepe Romero, John Duarte and Alice Artzt. She is currently the guitar professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Colorado Christian University in Denver.

“Felicity Muench is an active freelance guitarist performing throughout Colorado and the USA in addition to performing with the Silverwood flute & guitar duo and with the Musical Bouquet violin & guitar duo.”

These performers will play works from the following composers: Fernando Sor, Mateo Carcassi, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Stanley Myers, G.F. Haendel, Luigi Boccherini, Anonymous, Isaac Albeniz, Alfredo Muro, Paulinho Nogueira, and Antonio Vivaldi.

The program will begin at 7:30 PM, and more information is available on the website of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.


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