MSU School of Music Presents Classical Guitarist Scott Kritzer
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm
- Howard Hall, Reynolds Recital Hall - view map
The MSU School of Music presents classical guitarist Scott Kritzer appearing in concert on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Recital Hall on the MSU campus. On the program are works by Johann Sebastian Bach, William Walton, Couperin, Reginald Smith Brindle, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, and others.
Kritzer, known for his rare musical sensitivity and technical excellence, and creative programming, has been actively touring for over three decades across two continents, including performances in Frankfurt, Munich, Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sapporo, Japan as well as critically acclaimed debut performances in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall and London's Wigmore Hall. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote “Kritzer created in inner life in his playing of Bach”. “A guitarist in the best modern American mold” wrote Classical Guitar Magazine of London and Portland’s Willamette Week called him “...a champion of living American composers”. In 1996 Mr. Kritzer was chosen by Senator Bob Packwood to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Kritzer’s Bozeman program feature baroque and 20th Century works for the classical guitar. Juxtaposed with William Walton’s 20th century landmark Five Bagatelles and Reginald Smith Brindles poetically inspired El Polifemo de Oro are four musical eulogies from the baroque era entitled Tombeaux pour Mr. Blanchrocher. These musical ‘tombstones’ are written for baroque lutenist Mr. Blanchrocer who died falling down a flight of stairs while attending a party. Also in attendance were no less than four composers (harpsichordists Johann Jakob Froberger, François Couperin, and lutenists François Dufault and Denis Gaultier) whose musical eulogies will be performed on the program. In fact, it’s reported that Mr. Blanchrocer died in the arms of the composer Froberger.
Kritzer states further:
“The pairing of the earlier lute works paired with harpsichord works show the extreme artistic development within the baroque era. The lute works, plaintive and simple by nature, contrast with the complex harmonic and rhythmic style of the harpsichord works. The latter also represent programmatic elements or musical depictions of fateful bell’s tolling for Mr. Blanchrocer as well as his downward stumble to death, and, as some have suggested, his downward descent to his eternal resting place.”
Rounding out the program is the engaging Sonata No 34 by S.L. Weiss and movements from Michael Lorimer’s 2016 arrangement of JS Bach’s Cello Suite No 1.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Mr. Kritzer studied with one of Segovia’s favorite students, Michael Lorimer. After graduation Kritzer served as an assistant to Mr. Lorimer in a yearlong master class held in North Carolina.
Kritzer has been featured in guitar magazines published in the US, London, and Japan, and is a frequent guest on the Portland, Oregon radio station All Classical Portland.
In addition to maintaining a busy concert schedule, Kritzer is a highly sought-after instructor. Many of his past students have won regional, national and international guitar competitions, and have gone on to attend such notable schools as The Julliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Kritzer also taught at Reed and Lewis & Clark Colleges for over 25 years.
Mr. Kritzer has released a number of recordings: Romance for Guitar and A Classical Guitar Christmas, and in collaboration with soprano Janet Chvatal: In the Blue Hour , (with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich) and Songs of the Americas. He has performed as soloist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Ballet, and with multiple chamber orchestras and string quartets throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has also served as performer and Artistic Director to Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble.
$5 student/$10 general