This site has already reviewed the diverse choices that will face concert-goers on the final Sunday of this month. However, it is also important to note that the preceding evening will mark the conclusion of the 35th Dynamite Guitars season organized by the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts. Five of the concerts in this series were presented in conjunction with the Guitar Series of San Francisco Performances; and the last of those took place this past Saturday with a delightful “Assad family recital.” However, the last concert presented solely by the Omni Foundation will take place at the end of next week.
This will be a performance of chamber music both composed and arranged for two guitars. The performers will be the Amadeus Guitar Duo consisting of Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff. Kavanagh will also contribute to the program with one of her own compositions, “Briny Ocean,” which she wrote in 2001. The program will also include Alfonso Montés’ suite Amasur, which he dedicated to the Amadeus Guitar Duo, as well as Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon’s own arrangement of his Opus 27 “Introducción e Forreando Caprichoso,” originally written for solo guitar in 1986 (and recorded by Kavanagh in that version) and then arranged for two guitars (and dedicated to Amadeus) in 2014.
The duo will also perform two arrangements by Ulrich Stracke. The first of these will be of four movements from George Frideric Handel’s HWV 432 keyboard suite in G minor, concluding with the Passacaglia movement, best known for having been arranged for violin and viola by the Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen. Stracke’s other transcription amounts to an arrangement of an arrangement. The source is the final Chaconne movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s BWV 1004 solo violin partita in D minor. However, rather than working from Bach’s score, Stracke has taken Ferruccio Busoni’s piano arrangement of that Chaconne as his point of departure. The Amadeus Guitar Duo will also perform the opening movement of Alexander Borodin’s second string quartet in D major, presumably using their own arrangement.
This final recital in the 2015–16 Dynamite Guitars season will be given on April 23 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 1111 O’Farrell Street, just to the west of the corner with Franklin Street. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. All tickets will be on sale for $38, and there is a City Box Office event page for online advance purchase.