Two Eras of Music for Violin & Guitar WCO benefit concert

On Sunday, March 8, 2015 composer George Tsontakis will host a concert at his home in Shokan, N.Y. — “Highpoint” — as a fundraising event for the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.

The concert is called “Two Eras of Music” and features the playing, as a duo and individually, of violinist Akiko Kamigawara and classical guitarist Gregory Dinger. The program presents virtuoso music from the 19th century and forward-looking music from the 20th century. The two musicians will play a Sonata by Niccolo Paganini and two of Pablo de Sarasate’s “Spanish Dances” (arr. by Dinger), and from the 20th century they will play two pieces from Tsontakis’ set of “Knickknacks” and five pieces from Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Musica Ricercata” (both arranged for the duo by Dinger). Individually, Dinger will play his arrangement of an Etude, originally for violin, by Jean-Delphin Alard (first arranged for guitar by Francisco Tarrega as his “Estudio Brilliante”) and Kamigawara will play the 3rd Sonata for solo violin by Eugene Ysaye.

Akiko Kamigawara is an up-and-coming young virtuoso violinist who came to the U.S. from Japan and training in Belgium in 2015. She has played in the WCO since Oct. of 2014. Greg Dinger is a concert guitarist and longtime Hudson Valley resident, and as president of the WCO board of directors he has been a participant in many of the WCO’s fundraising concerts like this one.

A reception catered by Tsontakis and the WCO board will follow the concert. Artwork by various local artists selected by Tsontakis will be on display around “Highpoint” and a proceeds of sales of any art will also benefit the WCO. The suggested donation for this event is $40 per person.

Seating is limited so call to make a reservation: (845) 679-6431. Directions to “Highpoint” are: take Route 28 to Shokan, then turn on to Bostock Rd., after going up a hill turn right onto Black Road. “Highpoint” is #260 at the very end of Black Rd. Due to the excessive snowfall, park at the top of the driveway and a shuttle car will take concertgoers down to the house.