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January 12, 2011 "James Russo, Brasil Guitar Duo Interviews"
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This week’s edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features 2010 interviews with James Russo, press officer at the US Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, and Brasil Guitar Duo members Douglas Lora and Joao Luiz.

The program begins with Greek guitarist Smaro Gredoriado performing Scarlatti Sonata K380/L23 on an unusual, metal-strung, high-pitched guitar designed by Yorgos Kertsopopulous.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet performs their virtuosic arrangement of Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances.”

Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali composed his “Retratos (Portrait) Suite” for two guitars. Each of the 4 movements is titles after a Brazilian composer. Anacleto de Medeiros was a successful composer and influential band director/music educator. Guitarist Petar Jankovic performs an arrangement for guitar and string quartet.

18-year-old Japanese bandoneon virtuoso Kazumi Miura performs Piazzolla’s “Tango Suite” with guitarist Yasuji Ohagi.

In an interview recorded 2010, US Embassy in Paraguay Press Officer James Russo gives and overview of Paraguay, its history, and its love of music and the arts.

Winners of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild, the Brasil Guitar Duo’s Douglas Lora and Joao Luiz speak about the support both their parents gave their early musical education. The program concludes with their 2010 performance at the 30th Anniversary Omni Foundation concert series in San Frandisco, Richard Patterson, Executive Director.

Omni Foundation Petar Kazuma

Program ID# 11-D65-00002
Title: 11-02 James Russo, Brasil Guitar Duo Interviews
In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:57


Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)


Scarlatti: Sonata K 380
Smaro Gregoriado, guitar
Delos 3398

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Canadian Guitar Quartet
D'Oz 1400

Gnattali: Anacleto de Medeiros
Petar Jankovic Ensemble

Piazzolla: Tango Suite
Kazuma Miura, bandoneon
VICC 60689

Interview: Douglas Lora & Joao Luiz: “It's very hard to be a musician in Brazil in the beginning of the career, it takes a while... ... our families are always behind us, everything we do.”

Egberto Gismonti: Sete Aneis (7 Rings)
Brasil Guitar Duo
live at 2010 Omni Foundation Concert
Yasuji Ohagi, guitar
VICC 60689

Interview: James Russo: "Sure, Paraguay is a small agricultural country, it looks small on a map of South America, but actually it's quite large... ...for a country of 6 million people, it continues to surprise me, the number of people that play guitar, that dance, and the respect they have for culture and the arts here."

Agustin Barrios Mangore: Choro da Saudade
Odair Assad, guitar
GHA 126064


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