Be our guest in our welcoming JCCSF atrium and be transported to the cities and countryside of Spain. Experience the flavor and feel the beauty and the rhythm of the land. The guitar music of Spain today and yesterday, with the urban and rural influences served as inspiration in the works of many artists. Legendary flamenco, and Andalusian expressions found in the music will be performed and the influences of the regional styles of folk, and contemporary popular music will carry you away.
Pieces among others, will include Malagueña by Enesto Lecuona, Granada by Isaac Albeniz, and Asturias (Leyenda) by Isaac Albeniz.
Immediately preceding the concert, get the feel for the place where the music originates through a docent lecture on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s current Sargent and Spain exhibit.
Distinguished as a performer and teacher, Lawrence Ferrara has performed major recitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles and at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic, the San Francisco Conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble. His playing was described by The New York Times as “subtle, intimate and inherently musical.” The San Francisco Chronicle commented, “Ferrara has an exceptional style, pure and sweet, rhythmically precise yet supple … playing everything with elegant grace and a notably serious feeling for introspection.” Mr. Ferrara has served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts. He was full-time professor at City College of San Francisco, a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, and a studio guitar teacher, ensemble director, and pedagogy teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has the distinction of being the first guitarist to receive a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ferrara currently teaches guitar at San Francisco State University, and at the Spindrift School of Performing Arts in Pacifica.
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