Classical Guitar In Recital: Ekachai Jearakul


7:30 pm • Sunday, March 20th 2016
Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose • Albany, NY

Hello again! My apologies for what seems to be a lengthy time between posts. I’ve been experiencing an extremely slow recovery from an incredible intense grasp of this year’s bug that has been going around. It’s one that completely zaps one’s voice and energy along with deep sinus and chest congestion. I do hope that all of you faithful readers have been spared. So, without further delay, let’s get to reviewing what’s going on this weekend.

It’s a sea of symphonies … north and south, the work of our regional symphonies are in abundance for all ages! For those of you interested, I’ll let you sort that out amongst yourselves. As Coffee Talk’s Linda Richman would say, “Discuss.”

Now … If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Women’s History Month, you most certainly can have that with the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Suffrage Movement that takes place at Druthers Brewery on Sunday afternoon. The Musicians of Ma’alwyck and its various community partners, including the Siena College Chorus and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Timothy Reno, are presenting a concert entitled “A Declaration of Sentiments.” The concert is devoted to music of female composers and the world premiere of Are women people? for chorus and string quartet by Kathleen Ballantyne. The lyrics are based on Suffragette texts. This event also includes a reading of The Declaration of Sentiments by local newscaster and documentary maker Elaine Houston. For program and more information, click here.

And then there is Sunday evening’s intimate concert of classical guitar music … an ideal way to wrap up the weekend and invigorate your inner resources for the coming week. I refer to the presentation of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Competition Artist in what has become an annual collaboration between the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York (CGSUNY) and the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose.

This year’s artist is Ekachia Jearakul. He was born in 1987 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and started guitar studies at the age of thirteen. He is now considered one of the most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene performing in numerous countries from Thailand, China and Sinapore to France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, and Spain as well as the United States. In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

The program is to include:

  • Leo BrouwerRito de los Orisha
  • Luigi LegnaniFantasie, Op. 19
  • Joaquín TurinaSonata Op. 61
  • His Majesty, The King of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej — Selections from H.M King Suite
  • Stephen GossSonata Capriccioso (2015)
  • Johann Kaspar Mertz Concertino

This is the fourth year in a row that CGSUNY and the Massry Center have partnered in presenting this marvelous concert. If you’ve been to any of the past three, you know the guitarist will deliver a recital concert of the absolute highest caliber in a venue ideally suited for the instrument. Go and enjoy!

You may purchase tickets by clicking the image below.

Massry-Guitar Fdn-Ekachai


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