• Steve Ambler

Hudson Chamber Music Series: Park Brothers Guitar Duo


PHOTO COURTESY PARKBROTHERSGUITAR.COM

The Park Brothers will present an eclectic programme of pieces spanning musical history from the Renaissance to contemporary music via Mozart and Debussy.

The 36th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series continues March 10 with a recital by the Park Brothers classical guitar duo. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road. The duo will present an eclectic programme of pieces written for or arranged for guitar and spanning musical history from the Renaissance to contemporary music via Mozart and Debussy.

Both Alex and Wesley Park began their musical studies at an early age on the piano, and played together as a piano duo. They began playing the guitar in their teens and studied the classical guitar as undergraduates at Pepperdine University under Christopher Parkening, one of the world’s preeminent guitar soloists. The piano duo became a guitar duo, and the brothers have gone on to perform together on several continents. Competing as a duo in the 2014 Pacific Guitar Competition, they were finalists in the chamber mixed division category. Alex won the prestigious Thomas Osborn Concerto Competition in 2016 playing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo.

Wesley was a finalist in 2014 in the junior division of the Pacific Guitar Competition. Alex is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree under Andrew York at Cal State Fullerton. He also teaches at the Pangrazio Music Conservatory in Los Angeles. Wesley is pursuing a Masters in Music degree at the University of Southern California and teaches at MozArt Music Academy in Tarzana, California. Several of the duo’s performances are available on YouTube, and further information can be found at https://www.parkbrothersguitar.com.

The concert begins with three anonymous pieces from the Renaissance, transcribed by Patrick Russ and Christopher Parkening. The programme also includes some Bach favourites including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Alex Park’s arrangement of the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria based on the C Major Prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier. No classical guitar recital would be complete without exploring the Hispanic repertoire, and the programme includes works by de Falla (The Miller’s Dance and La Vida Breve), Granados (the Intermezzo from Goyescas), Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (Gigue), Rodrigo (De los alamos vengo, madre) and Tarrega (Recuerdos de la Alhambra). The duo will also perform Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Debussy’s Clair de Lune (the latter arranged by Alex Park). The contemporary works are two shorter pieces, Sunburst and Evening Dance, composed by Alex Park’s teacher Andrew York.

Individual tickets will be available at the door ($25, $20 for seniors). St. James Church Hall is an ideal setting for chamber music with an unparalleled view of the Lake of Two Mountains and wonderful acoustics. Audience members will be able to chat with the musicians at the post-concert reception. More detailed bios of the musicians and information on the complete 36th season can be found at www.hudsonchambermusic.ca/.

The group is dedicated to bringing world-class chamber music at very affordable prices to the Hudson area.

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