2013-2014 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.

Jorge CaballeroJorge Cabellero, Classical Guitar

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 7:30 pm — Zumbrota, MN, Crossings at Carnegie
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 8:00 pm— Sundin Hall

Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument, and comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality and his spellbinding performances. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation.

In 2009, Mr. Caballero was called at the last minute to replace John Williams at the 18th edition of the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, one of the most important guitar festivals in Europe.

Reviews of the concert state that: "From the first note, [Mr. Caballero] revealed a perfect mastery of guitar and music." Another critic said: "If I had not shaken hands with him, I would not have had the certainty of having seen a human being."



Flat Pick Guitathon

Saturday Oct. 26, 2013, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

An evening devoted to a broad range of acoustic old-time and bluegrass music with local flat pick guitar champions and giants.




Rovshan MamedkulievRovshan Mamedkuliev, Classical Guitar

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013—at U-MN Morris
Saturday Nov. 16, 2013, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Rovshan Mamedkuliev grew up in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), where at the age of 11 he started taking guitar lessons. From a very early age he showed exceptional musical talent and in 2004 was accepted into the very prestigious Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally recognized guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky, graduated with honors, and was invited to join the faculty. In 2006 Mamedkuliev received a special grant from Russian President Vladimir Putin, for high achievements in the arts. He has performed internationally and at Carnegie Hall in New York City, equally at ease with classical and new music. As a competitor, Mamedkuliev has earned the praise of judges and audiences around the world. In 2014 he will embark on a 50 city tour as a result of winning the XXX Guitar Foundation of America's
International Artist Competition.

Duo Tamayo-Montesinos

Duo Tamayo-Montesinos, Classical Guitar

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013—masterclass at MacPhail, 12:30-2:30 pm

Anabel Montesinos and Marco Tamayo are both award winning classical guitar players in their own right. Their duo brings life, charm, beauty and dazzling musicianship to the stage.

Anabel Montesinos started her musical training at the age of five and the guitar at the age of six, and appeared, after a few months, as an infant prodigy. She performed a solo recital in Mallorca when she was just twelve. She has recorded for radio and television in Spain, Poland, Italy, and Sweden, and her many triumphs in major international competitions led to her first recording with Naxos, a release acclaimed by the international press and chosen by British Airlines as a part of the inflight musical programme on overseas flights.

Marco Tamayo, the Cuban born guitarist with Austrian citizenship, has been acclaimed by the Italian newspaper "L´Stampa" as "Il Re della Chitarra" (the king of the guitar), and praised by John Williams, Leo Brouwer and Eliot Fisk, as one of the leading figures of the classical guitar worldwide. He has performed as a soloist with world famous orchestras and conductors around the world. Tamayo has six recordings on the market, three of them with the Naxos Label.

Pete HuttlingerPete Huttlinger, Fingerstyle Guitar

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 7:30 pm— Grand Rapids, MN, Reif Center (with school visit the next morning)
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Peter Huttlinger has become widely known as one of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players in the world. His unique arrangements, spell- binding musicality, and precision, combined with a great sense of humor, have entertained audiences from Los Angeles to Milan. As a recording artist Huttlinger has released numerousalbums and received wide acceptance ranging from his critically acclaimed Naked Pop continuing to his current instrumental tour de force, The Black Swan. Praise from the media has been overwhelmingly positive and Huttlinger continues to expand his musical breadth. In 2007, Huttlinger made his debut at New York City's Carnegie Hall. He was invited back in 2008 and performed there again in 2010.

Colin DavinColin Davin, Classical Guitar

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 7:30 pm—Zumbrota, MN, Crossings at Carnegie
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, 8:00 pm —Sundin Hall

Hailed as "the real thing, a player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination" (American Record Guide), guitarist Colin Davin is quickly emerging as one of today's most dynamic young artists. He has performed across the United States, including appearances at Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), in addition to international appearances in France and Spain.







Simon ShaheenSimon Shaheen, 'Oud with Guest Percussionist

Friday, Mar. 21, 2014, 7:00 pm—Fairmont, MN, Red Rock Center for the Arts
Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the 'oud and violin. Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House. "I want to create a world music exceptionally satisfying to the ear and for the soul," says Shaheen.

Cavatina DuoCavatina Duo, Classical Guitar & Flute

Friday, Apr. 11, 2014—masterclass at U of MN, 3:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall

The Cavatina Duo, Eugenia Moliner, flute, (from Spain), hailed as a "brilliant young musician" and Denis Azabagic, guitar (from Bosnia), described as a "virtuoso with flawless technique," has become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world. Award winning and talented solo artists, the Cavatina Duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances across North America, Europe and Asia. Critics are raving: "Style, sympathy, and technical aplomb... it's doubtful that the Cavatina's sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed." (Fanfare). The duo's repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is music inspired by the folk traditions of their native lands of Spain and the Balkans.

Henrik RungClassical Guitarathon

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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.