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Classical guitarist Colin Davin to perform with Aiken Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 16

January 27, 2019

Classical guitarist Colin Davin will join the Aiken Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. in USC Aiken’s Etherredge Center.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $45 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, call the Etherredge Center Box Office at 803-641-3305.

Davin will be the featured soloist performing the “Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D major,” by Venetian composer Fra. Antonio Vivaldi, and “Concerto De Aranjuez,” for guitar and orchestra, by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, according to a news release from the symphony.

Additionally, the orchestra will perform the orchestral suites, “Four Dances, Op. 8a,” taken from the ballet “Estancia,” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, and “Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Orchestra, Op. 56a,” by Johannes Brahms.

Davin holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and is on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Berea, Ohio.

He has performed across the world, including Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully Hall; the New York Philharmonic Ensembles; the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain; and the Paris Conservatoire, in addition to other venues throughout the United States and the middle east.

Since 2012, Davin has been a regular guest artist at the Aspen Music Festival and has appeared on the “Late Show with David Letterman” alongside legendary soprano, and Augusta native, Jessye Norman, according to the release.

Davin’s debut solo recording, “The Infinite Fabric of Dreams,” has been described by the “American Record Guide” as “some of the finest interpretations … achingly beautiful … a thoughtful, perceptive interpretation, filled with details often missed.”

Davin is an active player in the American contemporary music scene and operates the Century Guitar Project, an initiative that promotes new repertoire for the guitar through commissioning, performance and recording.

Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Guitar and Strings in D Major” is one of the concertos the composer wrote when he was a master of violin at the Ospedale della Pieta (the Devout Hospital of Mercy), an orphanage he was associated with for 30 years.

The concerto is in three movements and follows the fast-slow-fast pattern, with the soloist and strings trading musical statements back and forth in the first movement. The second movement is of a gentle expression, and the third a rollicking jig, according to the release.

Rodrigo’s “Concerto De Aranjuez” for guitar and orchestra was inspired by the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, a residence of Spanish Kings in the town of Aranjuez and built in the 16th and 18th centuries, and is known for its beautiful gardens, which inspired the work.

The concerto is in three movements with the first in the flamenco and the fandango style, a Spanish dance in triple time. The second movement, an adagio, is accented by melancholy and haunting themes, and the third, a gentile allegro, with a guitar tripping rhythm.

Ginastera was an Argentine composer who studied at the Conservatory at Buenos Aires. His works were inspired by the Gauchesco tradition, which holds that the Gaucho, or landless native horseman of the plains, is a symbol of Argentina

His “Four Dances” from the one act ballet “Estancia,” meaning ranch, musically describe a love triangle involving gauchos, an urban suiter and rural activity on the Argentinian pampas.

“Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a,” was composed by Brahms in the summer of 1873 in Bavaria. Two versions of the work of eight variations and a finale exist. This orchestral version is the better known, and most often heard, rather than the two-piano version, designated as Op. 56B, according to the release.

Its title comes from its theme, “Chorale St. Antoni,” discovered by Brahms, which had originally been attributed to Joseph Haydn.

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra, conceived by conductor Dr. Donald Portnoy and formed in 2015, comprises professional musicians from the region.

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