2015-2016 Sundin Hall Concert Series

Our concert season is co-sponsored by Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University.  Matching funds have been provided by General Mills, AT&T, and Excel Energy.

Irina Kulikova

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 8:00 pm— Sundin Hall

Praised by critics, the press and her peers, winner of five International Guitar Competitions, Irina Kulikova is one of the world's most enchanting guitarists. Musicians, critics and audiences love her for the rare beauty of her sound and the captivating way she tells stories with her guitar. Her mother – cellist Vinera Kulikova – guided her into the mysteries of music from the age of five. At twelve, she was travelling across Russia and abroad for concerts. Through the years, Irina received over 30 awards, culminating in 2008 with first prizes at the prestigious competitions of Michele Pittaluga in Italy, Guitarra Alhambra in Spain, Forum Gitarre Wien in Austria and Iserlohn in Germany. Today, Irina Kulikova tours far afield, in Europe, North America and Asia, with appearances at leading festivals and in major concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai.

Martha Masters

Saturday Oct. 24, 2015, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Masters' playing has been described as "seductive" (Ft. Worth Star Telegram), "intelligent and natural" (Guitar Review), and "refined and elegant" (American Record Guide). In October and November of 2000, Dr. Masters won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition and the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Peabody Conservatory, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Southern California. Members of the Minnesota Guitar Society have been requesting a return visit from her for quite a few years. She is active as a solo recitalist, as a chamber musician, and as a soloist with orchestras. Recent concert seasons have included performances on concert series and at festivals in China, England, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In addition to being on the guitar faculty of California State University Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Masters is also the President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the US and throughout the world.

Eduardo Fernandez

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015—Sundin Hall

Born in 1952 in Uruguay, Eduardo Fernandez began his studies of guitar at age 7. After being prized in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York début in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as "A top guitarist… Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive début recital on any instrument" (Donald Hanahan, The New York Times). Fernández has returned to the U.S.A. every season since then, playing with prestigious orchestras as well as giving recitals. He has a vivid interest in historical instruments, and he has recently started playing the repertoire of the 19th century on a period guitar. Eduardo Fernández is also known as an active and enthusiastic teacher, having taught several years at the University Conservatory in Montevideo, as well as being very much in demand for masterclasses all around the world. He has been the Artistic Coordinator of Montevideo's biannual International Guitar Festival since 1996.

Acoustic Jazz Guitarathon

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Featuring an evening of great guitarists from the area–each season we highlight a different style of acoustic guitar–this year we excited to be featuring jazz and blues guitarists from the region.

Ekachai Jearakul

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Ekachai Jearakul is considered one of today's most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. He is Thailand's first Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) winner, and is now on his GFA sponsored tour. Between 2003 and 2014 Mr. Jearakul earned an impressive list of honors, including twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America, culminating in his 2014 GFA win. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011 he commissioned new arrangements and made a recording of music by the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej. Mr. Jearakul is a spokesperson for the Thailand Ministry of Culture program: "Thai Kids Can Do Anything!" He earned his Masters degree studying with Professor Marco Tomayo (who performed during the MGS 2013-14 season), at Salzburg's Mozarteum, in Austria. He has Doctoral studies in Sydney, Australia, on hold until after his tour.

John Rankin & Don Vappie

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, 8:00 pm —Sundin Hall

Don Vappie and John Rankin are two of the best known New Orleans musicians and entertainers. They frequently play together as a duo and in larger ensembles, playing a variety of styles, but honoring New Orleans musical traditions. Together they balance virtuosity with humor and the engaging easy feel that typifies the best of New Orleans music. They both play guitar and sing, although Don is also internationally known as a tenor banjoist (and bass). They started their duo both playing seven string jazz guitars, but now performances include other instruments as well. Their repertoire includes songs and arrangements of Jelly Roll Morton, Danny Barker, Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Sam Morgan, Sidney Bechet, and other masters of early jazz. The great New Orleans R&B era of the '50s, '60s and '70s is also well represented with songs by Earl King, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, James Booker, Huey Piano Smith, Fats Domino, the Meters, etc. Don Vappie (pictured top) starred in the PBS documentary "American Creole: New Orleans Reunion." He was nominated to the Banjo Hall of Fame in 2014. John Rankin (lower photo) was the winner of the 1985 American Finger-Style Guitar Festival, and has won two Big Easy Awards for Best Folk Music.

Brasil Guitar Duo

Saturday, Mar. 26, 2016, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

The Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition winner, hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. Brasil Guitar Duo actively strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the Duo brings a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Debussy, etc.) combined with the traditional music of its native land (choro, samba, maxixe, and baião). Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for nearly two decades.

Ian O'Sullivan

Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

A recipient of the Yale Elliot Fisk Award, proclaimed by Classical Guitar as "thoughtful" and praised by The Honolulu Advertiser as "delightful," Ian O'Sullivan is a classically-trained guitarist and composer from the North Shore of O'ahu, Hawaii. Well-versed in Hawaiian slack-key guitar and the 'ukulele, in addition to the Western classical repertoire, Ian has performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, New York Guitar Society, New England Guitar Society, Hawaii Public Radio Atherton Studios, Hawaii Opera Theater, and the Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawaii. He can also be found regularly in Honolulu at Jazzminds, Tiki's, and Mez 127. In 2013 Ian released his first solo album "Born and Raised," featuring his original compositions alongside music of fellow Hawaii composers. He is the first guitarist from Hawaii to be accepted at Yale University's School of Music. Ian returned to O'ahu in 2012, accepting the lectureship in classical guitar from his alma mater, the University of Hawaii.

Classical Guitarathon

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The annual Classical Guitarathon is always an exciting season finale, an opportunity to see some of our favorite local guitarists alongside new and emerging talents, all on the beautiful Sundin Hall stage.