The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the Guitar Ensemble and Studio Recital on Tuesday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center. This recital is free and open to the public.
Stephen Tunstall, FSU guitar studio director and guitar instructor, will perform “The Cathedral” by Agustin Barrios, “one of the most colorful and difficult works in the guitar repertoire.” A guitar quartet will perform Phillip Houghton’s “Opals.” Various duos and trios of the ensemble will perform the dance-like “Moment Musical” by Franz Schubert, the peaceful “Arrulladora Mexican” by Manuel Ponce, the rich, heartwarming “Girl With the Flaxen Hair” by Claude Debussy and the traditional Japanese folk song “Sakura,” which depicts spring, the season of the cherry blossom. The guitar uses different techniques to imitate the sound of the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument.
Members of the guitar studio will perform solo works, among them Zachary Dodge, performing Fernando Sor’s melodic “Etude No. 14.” Robert Wallace will perform Leo Brouwer’s demanding but very musical piece “Etude No. 6” and “Etude No. 9.”
Tunstall is an active performer in the DC/Baltimore area and a member of Peabody’s Creative Access, a community outreach program that gives volunteer performances at hospital wards, hospices and shelters. He teaches and coaches youth bands at Music Workshop in Baltimore and is a regular participant in the Guitar Foundation of America Convention. He has also performed at the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival.
For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
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