In Recital: Frederic Hellwitz with FOCUS

Frederic Hellwitz

3:00 pm • Sunday, May 1st 2016
Westminster Presbyterian Church • Albany, NY

A physician specializing in thoracic radiology by day and an accomplished performer and advocate for classical guitar in his off time, Frederic Hellwitz performs a recital this Sunday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany. The intimate program of classical guitar music has been planned in coordination with Albany’s 36th annual CROP Hunger Walk, which takes place earlier in the afternoon. Any freewill offerings received at the door will go to benefit the local hunger relief efforts of Albany’s FOCUS churches, an incredible program servicing those in need in the inner-city community.

For those who may not be aware of Frederic Hellwitz as a performer, he began playing the guitar at age ten and proceeded to earn both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of New York at Buffalo where he studied with Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio of the notable Castellani-Andriaccio Duo. Hellwitz has given performances from New York to Florida, in Chicago as well as in Great Britain and has been a finalist, or semi finalist in the Oswald Rantucci Guitar Competition (Buffalo), The Guitar Foundation of Americaʼs International Competition (various locations nationally), and in Puerto Rico the Casa de España International Competition. He has recently released a recording entitled Works for Classical Guitar, which highlights the works of J.S. Bach, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Lauro, and Dowland.

Sunday’s program features J.S. Bach’s Third Lute Suite (BWV 995) in its entirety as well as several works by Agustín Pío Barrios’ including La Catedral, which has been viewed as Barrios’ tribute to Bach. The program also includes:

  • Benjamin Britten — Theme from Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70 (Come Heavy Sleep)
  • John DowlandFantasia No. 7
  • Joaquín RodrigoEn los Trigales
  • Francisco Tárrega  — Capricho Árabe

As I love the artistry of the classical guitar, it is my hope you’ll be able to wrap yourselves in the wonderful sounds of Fredric Hellwitz all while supporting the great work of the FOCUS programs. Meanwhile … click the player below for a warm-up by listening to Dr. Hellwitz perform John Downland’s Fantastia No. 7.


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