Windy Hill guitar ensemble to perform at South Church

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Some of the students of Laura Mazza Dixon’s Windy Hill Guitar Studio. Submitted photo

Students of the Windy Hill Guitar Studio will present a program of classical guitar solo and ensemble repertoire at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at Fellowship Hall, South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street. The performance is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble performs frequently at churches and libraries in the Farmington Valley. The ensemble consists of Nicholas DeFranzo, of East Granby, and a junior at Northwest Catholic; Shannon McCord, a junior at GMHS; Evelyn Danke, an eighth-grader at GMMS, and her mother, Sue Canavan; Jael Hernandez, a sixth-grader from East Granby; and Owen Johnson, a sixth-grader from Southwick, Mass., and his father Chris Johnson. 

The concert will feature Nicholas DeFranzo performing Suite in D Minor by French Baroque composer, Robert De Visée and Evelyn Danke performing Canarios, by Spanish Baroque composer Gaspar Sanz.

The ensemble will perform a transcription for four guitars of Capricho Catalan, by Isaac Albeniz and a set of pieces by Brazilian composer Celso Machado. As always, pieces from the Suzuki method for classical guitar literature will be on the program. The program will conclude with a performance by Nicholas DeFranzo of the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Lute Suite in E Major.

We hope you will find the time to come and listen to these young musicians share the pieces they have been working on all year. You will be supporting them in their development as artists and you will be moved and inspired by the music they have prepared. 

For more information on the Windy Hill Guitar Studio, call Laura Mazza-Dixon at 860-653-6146.