Symphony Series: The Allure of the Guitar
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7pm
Free "Inside the Music" Pre-Concert Talk, 6pm, Cordiner Lobby
Ravel – Le tombeau de Couperin
Joaquín Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
Michael LeFevre, guitar
Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550
DID YOU KNOW?
Le tombeau de Couperin was originally written for piano, with each movement dedicated to one of Ravel’s friends who had fallen in World War I.
- Joaquín Rodrigo almost completely lost his sight at the age of three after contracting diphtheria.
- Symphony No. 40 in G minor, sometimes referred to as the “Great G minor symphony,” is one of the only two minor key symphonies Mozart wrote. (The other is Symphony No. 25, the “Little G minor symphony.”)
Michael LeFevre, an international award-winning musician, began studying classical guitar while in high school, taking lessons at the Willoughby School of Fine Arts in Northeast Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in music at Cornish College of the Arts with Steven Novacek as his principle teacher. While a student in Seattle, he had the opportunity to work in master classes with some of the world’s most renowned soloists such as Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, and Paul Odette (lute).
Michael was awarded first prize in three classical guitar competitions: in 1993 at both the Northwest and Portland guitar festivals and in 1995 at the International Guitar Congress in Corfu, Greece. In 2001, he received the Northwest Young Artist Award (Frances Walton Competition), an event open to classical instrumentalists under 35 in the Western US.
Michael has performed as a soloist in the Seattle Symphony’s 2008 ‘Subscriber Exclusives Series’ and in ensemble with the St. Helen’s String Quartet in 2005, both at Benaroya hall. Michael was guitar instructor at Cornish College of the Arts from 2007-2009 and is currently a faculty member at both Whitman College and Walla Walla University.