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Grisha Goryachev in Oberlin

Grisha Goryachev in Oberlin

The great Russian-born flamenco guitarist, Grisha Goryachev, paid us a visit recently. It was his second appearance in Oberlin. Through a connection I have to the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, I was able to help him get a soloist gig with them playing the Concierto d’Aranjuez. We tagged on a solo recital and workshop for the Oberlin community. As usual, his performance was absolutely remarkable. Below are some images from his visit. The programs are at the end of the post.

The Mansfield Symphony concert was a celebration of the conductor, Octavio Más-Arocas’ home country of Spain. Entitled “Spanish Fiesta.,” it featured works by Chabrier, Granados, de Falla and Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as the Rodrigo concerto. It even featured a troupe of local school-aged dancers. It was beautifully played and a rich and enjoyable evening for all, in the sumptuous surroundings of the historic Mansfield theatre, The Renaissance. It was terrific hearing the concerto played by a true flamenco practitioner who has also been trained in classical guitar. Goryachev presented the perfect balance of the two competing styles. I am happy to say the entire studio drove down to Mansfield for the concert—it is over an hour’s drive.

 Grisha Goryachev plays Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez with the Mansfield Symphony and Octavio Más-Arocas at the podium.

Grisha Goryachev plays Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez with the Mansfield Symphony and Octavio Más-Arocas at the podium.

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 Goryachev plays solo in Kulas Hall at Oberlin.

Goryachev plays solo in Kulas Hall at Oberlin.

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In the evening after the concert, and after a group dinner at the Feve, The studio gathered in a classroom for a look at some flamenco-specific techniques. Grisha was generous and clear in his descriptions of the basics of rasgueado and scale techniques. The students ate it up.

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 L-R: Grisha, Aidan Wiley-Lippke, Eliza Balmuth, Mohit Dubey, Caeli Massey, Miles Aron (my son, visiting from Boston), Collin Sterne, Archie Velasquez.

L-R: Grisha, Aidan Wiley-Lippke, Eliza Balmuth, Mohit Dubey, Caeli Massey, Miles Aron (my son, visiting from Boston), Collin Sterne, Archie Velasquez.

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"SPANISH FIESTA”

Octavio Más-Arocas, conductor

Grisha Goryachev, gutiar


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Emmanuel Chabrier: España

Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez 

  1. Allegro con spirito

  2. Adagio

  3. Allegro gentile

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34

  1. Alborada

  2. Variazioni

  3. Alborada

  4. Scena e canto gitano

  5. Fandango asturiano

Manuel de Falla: Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

  1. The Neighbor's Dance: Seguidillas

  2. The Miller's Dance: Farruca

  3. Final Dance: Jota

Enrique Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas

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SoloDuo Returns to Oberlin

SoloDuo Returns to Oberlin

Oberlin's 2018-19 Guest Guitar Series

Oberlin's 2018-19 Guest Guitar Series

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