By Marcy Stamper
Music lovers have an opportunity to hear two classical guitarists whom reviewers regularly describe with superlatives — Marc Teicholz (“among the best we have ever heard”) and Michael Partington (“exquisite good taste and fluid perfection”). Teicholz and Partington will present an intimate concert at Confluence Gallery on Wednesday (April 20) at 7 p.m.
Teicholz and Partington have also racked up the international awards to back up those accolades. Teicholz’s accomplished playing was recognized with a first-place award at the prestigious competition of the International Guitar Foundation of America, and Partington won his first award at the age of 9.
Masters of the traditional guitar repertoire, the two musicians are also enthusiastic advocates of contemporary music, with numerous commissions and pieces composed expressly for them. Partington has been hailed for his lyricism and technical command of the instrument and for his relaxed and engaging stage manner. Teicholz is even featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones.
The concert features duos from the classical guitar repertoire by Spanish composers Fernando Sor and Manuel de Falla. Teicholz and Partington will also play music by pianist and composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a prolific composer of music for various instruments and of hundreds of film scores. Many of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s compositions draw on the musical traditions of his Italian-Jewish heritage.
Teicholz and Partington will also play an arrangement of a theme and variations by Johannes Brahms and a duo by contemporary French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens, known for work that expands on the creative potential of the guitar.
Teicholz teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory and at several summer festivals. Partington is artist-in-residence and director of the guitar program at the University of Washington. Both have performed internationally as soloists and with chamber ensembles and orchestras.
Partington has performed in the Methow numerous times and has been a featured soloist with the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. This is Teicholz’s first concert in the valley.
Tickets for the concert, sponsored by Cascadia, are $15 at the door.