Second Saturday Concert Series – March 14, 2020 *Online Only*From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Glendale City Church Presents The Second Saturday concert on March 14 features classical guitarist, William Feasley presenting “Echoes of Goya” at 4 PM on our YouTube Channel.
Echoes of Goya
Four Pieces Fernando Fernandiere (1740-1816)
Contradanza de los Currutacos
Gran Solo Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Intermezzo from Goyescas Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Three Goya Portraits* Jose Manuel Lezcano (b. 1960)
Goya’s Royal Family: Toccata
Portrait of Emanuela Zarate
The Blind Guitarist
Capriccios of Goya Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)
Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor
Muchachos al Avio
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El Sueno de la Razon Produce Monstruos
El Tango Negro* (after Goya) Marcelo Ferraris (b. 1967)
Invocacion y Danza Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Guajiras de Lucia Paco de Lucia (1947-2014)
*written for William Feasley
Guitar by Randy Angella of Concord California
About the Program
The program begins with three short works by obscure Spanish guitarist/composer, Fernando Fernandiere, who came from Madrid around the same time as Goya and grew up close to Goya’s hometown of Fuendetodos. Three of Goya’s early “cartoons” (painted to be turned into tapestries by the royal tapestry works in Cadiz) are displayed during – Fernandiere’s Three Pieces.
Next comes music of Fernando Sor, the great Spanish guitarist who enjoyed the patronage of the Duke and Duchess of Alba at the same time as Goya’s alleged liaison with the Duchess of Alba. Sor’s Grand Solo is performed with Goya’s epic portrait of the Duchess (pointing to “solo Goya” – “only Goya” written in the dust at her feet).
Two selections from Enrique Granados’ opera Goyescas are performed with the Naked Maja and Clothed Maja (the music being two of Granados’ Maja arias and incidental music from the opera). Four selections from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Capriccios of Goya based on the seminal book of etchings Los Capprichos that nearly had Goya dragged in front of the Inquisition. This is followed by “Goya Portraits” by the contemporary Cuban American composer Jose Lezcano (featuring Goya’s Royal Family, the Blind Guitarist and Portrait of Emanuela Zarate). Lastly is a work commissioned from the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris, El Tango Negro (homenaje a Francisco Goya) along with a couple of Goya’s infamous Black Paintings.
William’s journey with the guitar began in earnest with his family moving to Malaga, Spain, for a year so his father could paint the Spanish landscapes and people – where he gained an indelible association of Spain, the art of Goya (and of his father) and the guitar. As a result, he chose to end the program with “Invocation and Dance” by Rodrigo paired with Goya’s ghoulish masterpiece “The Incantation” and then, to end on a note of light and brilliance, Guajiras de Lucia by the Spanish Flamenco master paired with Goya’s final and incandescent “The Milk Maid of Bordeaux”.
Through the years Mr. Feasley has received numerous awards including: being the first guitarist to be awarded the Peabody Conservatory’s coveted Artist Diploma, a gold medal in the PanHellenic Guitar Competition in Athens. Selected to play for Andrés Segovia at the master’s historic last class at the University of Southern California in 1986, he was later featured on the CBS special, Eulogy of Segovia.
William has been a featured soloist at the Mertz International Guitar Festival in Bratislava, the Quito International Guitar Festival, the Cochabamba Guitar Festival in Bolivia, the Winter Festival in Sarajevo, the Forfest Contemporary Music Festival and the Stramberk Guitar Festival in the Czech Republic, the Gliwice International Guitar festival in Poland and the XI Lima International Guitar Festival . Recent tours have included Spain, the Caribbean, Greece, Serbia, Italy, Ecuador, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bosnia, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Iceland.