Paul O'Dette

Pablo Villegas
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Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story from 1957 is one of the most enduring musicals with its updating of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in New York and the wonderful music that showed Bernstein at his most inspired.  

Those tunes have, not surprisingly, been arranged many times in many different settings.  On the next Fretworks, Spanish guitarist Pablo Villegas will play a medley from West Side Story from his CD "Americano" to begin the hour on this Memorial Day weekend.

Lily Afshar playing the guitar
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Lily Afshar is an American-Iranian guitarist who was born in Tehran.  She came to the U.S. in 1977 and studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music.  She's won many awards and is now head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis where she has taught for a number of years.

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The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo consists of guitarists Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio, who joined forces way back in 1975 in Toronto.  They're still going strong, and their CD Anima del Sur ("Soul of the South") features music for two guitars from Latin America.  We'll hear Jongo, a Brazillian dance by Paolo Bellinati on the next Fretworks.

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"If this isn't your greatest work, I don't know what is," wrote Andres Segovia to Manuel Ponce in 1940 about his Concierto del Sur (The Concerto of the South).  Segovia was the most famous guitarist in the world, and Ponce was famous primarily for his songs, such as Estrellita (little star) from 1912, which had become an international hit.

Cologne Guitar Trio album cover
Laura Young

The Cologne Guitar Trio from Germany will perform their arrangement of La belle excentrique by the eccentric but innovative French composer Erik Satie.  The eccentric beauty of the title refers to a dancer at the Theatre des Champ-Elysees in 1920 who was called Mademoiselle Carathis.  This engaging and lively work evokes the music-hall setting of the time in Paris.

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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David Russell will be the soloist for the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez of Joaquin Rodrigo with the Naples Philharmonic conducted by Erich Kunzel on the next Fretworks.  

Pablo Villegas
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Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas has been called the "natural heir" to Andres Segovia, the great Spanish guitarist of the 20th century who became the best-known ambassador for the guitar as a serious concert instrument.  

Columbus native and world-famous lutenist Paul O'Dette
Jennifer Girard

English guitarist Nicola Hall will begin the next Fretworks program on Classical 101 with a virtuoso performance of Niccolo Paganini's 24th Solo Violin Caprice arranged for guitar.  

Guitartist Anton Baranov
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This week on Fretworks,  I'll start the hour with a British group, the Pro Arte Guitar Trio in a recording from the early 1990s.  They'll play Le Grand Tango by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.  This Grand Tango was originally written for cello and piano and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich.

American guitarist Brandon Yip has, Sakura, Theme and Variations by Yuquijiro Yocoh.  It's a beautiful setting of the popular Japanese folk song "Sakura," or "Cherry Blossom."