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NYCCGS December Newsletter

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December Member Event: Alice Artzt
Presentation: The Presti Technique

Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 7:00 PM
Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center (8th Floor)
311 West 43rd St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (map)
New York City

Our December meeting will feature a special presentation by acclaimed guitarist and teacher Alice Artzt on The Presti Technique. The presentation will be followed by open playing time, so bring your guitar, or just come and listen. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests .

About the presentation

Ida Presti has been called the greatest guitarist of the 20th century, and possibly of all time. She was only 43 at the time of her death, and was mostly known for playing in duo with her husband, Alexandre Lagoya. This limited exposure, and the small number of concert tours she did in the U.S. and elsewhere meant she was far less well known than she deserved to be, and left only a small number of students to carry on some of the secrets of her amazing virtuosic technique. Thus, the "Presti right hand technique" has often been misunderstood, and often very wrongly described.

Alice Artzt was lucky to have been one of Ida Presti's students during the last few years of her life, and she will analyze and discuss the Presti technique, and what it accomplishes or makes much easier. Alice feels strongly that, had she not adopted this right hand technique, she would never have succeeded as well as she did in her concert career, no matter how hard she might have practiced. Alice will also discuss various aspects of the physiology of the hand and arm, and why some habits that many guitarists fall into can actually cause some quite dangerous problems if pursued intensely.

About the presenter

Concert guitarist and recording artist Alice Artzt, whom Guitar international Magazine has called "America's best player," made her solo concert debut in London in 1969. Since then, critics in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas have unanimously acclaimed her performances as a soloist and in concertos with orchestra. As a duo and trio, she has also performed widely in Europe, North and South America, and Africa with a number of other well known musicians, among them harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, British guitarist Raymond Burley, Irish guitarist John Feeley, American guitarist Gregg Nestor, Swiss guitarists Michel Rutscho and Daniel Zimmermann, and Brazilian guitarist Paulo Martelli.

She studied guitar with Julian Bream, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya, and composition with Darius Milhaud at Aspen, Colorado, and at Columbia University, where she recieved a degree in musicology.

Alice Artzt has made 13 solo records (LP or CD), and one with The Alice Artzt Guitar Trio: American Music of the Stage and Screen. She has written two books on guitar technique: The Art of Practicing and Rhythmic Mastery, as well as many articles on music in various magazines, and has taught for the past 45 years in private lessons and in master classes all over the world. She has appeared on TV and radio throughout the world, and has been on the juries of many international guitar competitions (CAG, GFA, Toronto, Segovia NYU, Rodrigo, and Alessandria). Presently, she teaches privately in Princeton, NJ.

NYCCGS Concert Series tickets are on sale now

The New York City Classical Guitar Society's 2011-12 Concert Series features four amazing performers, each with his own distinctive and virtuosic style. Tickets are on sale now — follow the links below to order, or call 646-312-5073 or 866-811-4111. All concerts take place at the beautiful Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center at Lexington Ave. and East 25th Street, an intimate and acoustically wonderful venue that is perfect for guitar.

Tickets are $25 for each concert, $20 for seniors, students and NYCCGS members. NYCCGS members: Refer to your membership or renewal confirmation email for the discount code, or email for the code.

Grisha Goryachev

Phenomenal ability and extraordinary sensitivity in classical and flamenco repertoire alike, a 2005 prizewinner at Spain's International Classical Guitar Competition "Julian Arcás"

Friday, March 2, 2012, at 8:00 PM

Yamandú Costa

A young genius of Brazilian music, embodying the soul of its melodies and rhythms with improvisational brilliance on his seven-string guitar

Friday, April 20, 2012, at 8:00 PM

Pavel Steidl

A uniquely expressive performer on both 19th-century and modern instruments, a composer of note; winner of the Radio France International Competition

Friday, May 18, 2012, at 8:00 PM

Roland Dyens

An extraordinary interpreter, composer, arranger, and improviser, recognized as among the "Best Living Guitarists" by French magazine Guitarist

Friday, June 15, 2012, at 8:00 PM

Register now for the NYCCGS Guitar Orchestra

Photo by Roberto Pieraccini,
The NYCCGS Guitar Orchestra, under the direction of Jason Sagebiel, is nearing the end of its fall session, and is now open for registration for the winter/spring session. The group has been working on an exciting set of four new pieces written this year for the Orchestra, part of a commissioning project generously supported by The Augustine Foundation. These pieces, by William Anderson, Tanikawa Takuma, Jon Pieslak, and Dave Hart , will be premiered at the Orchestra's annual concert in April.

Orchestra rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Studios at 311 West 43rd St. (8th floor). The winter/spring session starts January 9. The cost to participate is $120 for the session, which includes 12 full orchestra rehearsals and 3 section rehearsals, and is open to all NYCCGS members (join here). The winter/spring session concludes with a concert on April 27.

If you are interested, please contact us at and we'll send you information on how to register.

Non-NYCCGS events of interest to the New York guitar community
Tali Roth announces her upcoming guitar festival in Italy (Narni, an hour from Rome), as part of the Narnia Arts Academy Summer training program. This unique program combines various courses and performance opportunities. It is a large festival, with 25 faculty on board, a full orchestra and opera production with daily performances for students and faculty. All-inclusive tuition will be between $1,600 and $1,800 for the guitar program. For more information, visit the festival web site.

La Bella Strings will present Andrew York in concert on Friday, February 17, 2012, at 8:00 PM at Christ and St. Stephen's Church at 120 West 69th Street in NYC. Tickets are $15, with a $5 discount for NYCCGS members, students and seniors.

We are happy to announce that NYCCGS members can now receive member pricing for concerts presented by the Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore Classical Guitar Societies.

For more information, visit our website at I look forward to seeing you at these events!

John Olson, President
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