Internationally renowned Amadeus Guitar Duo set to perform and teach at Florida State University

The FSU College of Music and the Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee will present the internationally renowned Amadeus Guitar Duo featuring Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff in concert on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm.  The performance will take place in Dohnanyi Recital Hall inside the Housewright Music Building at the corner of Copeland and Call Streets.  The Amadeus Duo will present two masterclasses on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm at the College of Music.  Admission to the concert is $10 general admission at the door, and the masterclasses will be free to audit.

Dale Kavanagh (Canada) & Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) of the Amadeus Guitar Duo have been performing together since 1991.  Their program will feature music from Europe and South America and includes “Madrigal Suite” by the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, “Introduccion y Forreando Caprichoso” by the Bolivian composer Jaime M. Zenamon, and “Amasur” by Alfonso Montes (also Bolivian) as well as works by George Friedrich Händel (Germany) and Mario Gangi (Italy).

Favorites of Tallahassee audiences, the Amadeus Guitar Duo has appeared several times at FSU as guest artists.  Of their return engagement, Bruce Holzman, Associate Professor of Guitar at FSU said, “We are again lucky to have Dale and Thomas back to perform.  Each time they have played for us, the audiences have left wanting more.  Their performances are dynamic, exciting and are at the highest level of artistic achievement.”  Their stop at FSU is one of many in their 2014-2015 tour which includes performances in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Austria, United States, South Korea, China, Thailand, England, Turkey, Romania, and Greece.  In addition to their extensive tours and recording schedule where they have produced 16 titles on the Haenssler-Classic FONO label, both Kavanagh and Kirchhoff teach at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany and have established one of the largest classical guitar summer festivals in Iserlohn, Germany.

What:   Amadeus Guitar Duo in Concert
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8 pm
Where: Dohnanyi Recital Hall, Housewright Music Building, FSU
Music of Rodrigo, Handel, Zenamon, Gangi, Kavanagh, Bach, and Montes
Cost:  $10 general admission at the door

What:  Amadeus Guitar Duo Masterclasses
When: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Where: 2 classes: (1) Lindsay Recital Hall in Keursteiner Music Building (KMU) & (2) Room 302 KMU
Cost:  Free to audit


Kevin Ginty and Steven Jay Lerman in Concert – Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm @ Dohnanyi Recital Hall

The Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee, the Classical Guitar Society at FSU and the FSU College of Music will present Kevin Ginty and Steven Jay Lerman in concert on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Dohnanyi Recital Hall, Housewright Music Building, FSU, at the corner of Copeland and Call Streets.  Kevin and Steven were Concert Prize Winners of the 2014 CGST International Guitar Competition held in December of 2014.  The concert is free.

Kevin Ginty is an active classical guitarist, teacher, and arts administrator in the Tallahassee community. In 2010, Kevin moved from his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada to Tallahassee in order to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the College of Music at Florida State University. During his time as an undergraduate at FSU, Kevin co-founded The Classical Guitar Society at Florida State University (CGS@FSU) and was one of a select few undergraduate students to take private lessons with renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman.

Upon graduating in the spring of 2014, Kevin was offered an administrative assistantship to complete a Master’s of Arts in Arts Administration at FSU. This unique degree program allows Kevin to learn vital skills in non-profit arts management, while still maintaining his craft as a musician. Kevin hopes to use these professional abilities to help create a thriving community for classical guitar in Tallahassee.

Kevin’s program will include works by Leo Brouwer, Issac Albeniz, and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Steven Jay Lerman began studying classical guitar at the age of 16 in San Diego, CA. Just 3 years later Steven was offered a full-tuition music scholarship to attend the University of Arizona’s world renowned Bolton Guitar Studies program. During his undergraduate study, Steven served as the artistic director for the Tucson Guitar Society, was a member of the Tucson Guitar Orchestra, taught in public schools throughout Arizona, and managed a private lessons studio.

In 2012 Steven was awarded a research grant that paid for travel to Canada to study with Grammy-Award-Winning Brazilian guitarist and composer Sergio Assad. The following year he was invited to present his research at the University of Arizona research exposition, and was subsequently one of only four chosen to be featured researchers.

Steven is a frequent competition participant. He has won 3 and reached the finals of 12 classical guitar competitions, winning over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Steven has performed in masterclasses for some of the most important classical guitar figures including: David Russell, the Assad brothers, Solo Duo, Nicholas Goluses, Rene Izquierdo, Johannes Moller, Vladimir Gorbach, Marcin Dylla, Carlos Perez, Carlos Bonnell, Anton Baranov, and Pavel Steidl. Steven has been able to study privately with Thomas Viloteau, Tom Patterson, and Bruce Holzman; some of the top teachers in the world. Steven is currently finishing his Master’s of Music degree at Florida State University and working as a graduate assistant.

Steve’s program will include works by J.K. Mertz, J.S. Bach, and Joaquin Turina.