April 15th, 2018 / Featured Guests Mark & Beverly Davis
We are very excited to announce that our guest performers on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 will be pianist the Mandolin-Guitar Duo: MARK & BEVERLY DAVIS
Mark and Beverly Davis perform a classical-romantic-folk repertoire using two classical guitars, or guitar and mandolin. Their focus is on the beauty of sound and the expressive capabilities of the plucked strings.
Mark & Beverly Davis play music that I find deeply emotional, almost to the point of magic.
David Isenberg, concert promoter
Mark and Beverly Davis have performed together as a duo since 2001; since 2014 they have also performed and toured with the New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME). Their concert tours have taken them to the FAME Festival (Australia 2008, 2012), Festival Ciudad de Cristal (Spain 2008), Mandolines de Lunel (France 2011), Eurofestival Zupfmusik (Germany 2010, 2014), the Classical Mandolin Society Annual Convention (Portland 2014), the New York International Mandolin Festival (2016), and the 45th Festival Internacional Musica de Plectro (Rioja, Spain 2016).
You played beautifully together -- very expressive, excellent ensemble and tone. I think this "romantic- folk" repertoire suits you…you inhabit the pieces.
Prof. Robert A. Margo, guitarist/mandolinist/lutenist
The duo has been praised for the intensity of their performances and their ability to communicate with audiences. Drawing from a large international repertoire by contemporary composers (Victor Kioulaphides, Stephen Lalor, Robert Schulz, Andrew York, Maria Linnemann, Roland Dyens, etc.) Mark and Beverly Davis choose their pieces based on the qualities of musical interest, dialogue and emotional depth.
Mark's and Beverly's performances are an intimate conversation and always a privilege to enjoy. Their music is exquisitely rendered.
Amy Sterling, long-time fan
Their first CD “Ayres and Dances for Two Guitars’ was a Motif Magazine nominee for ‘Best Local CD of the Year.’ Jazz mandolinist WiIl Patton writes of the duo’s “…LUMINOUS CD Ayres and Dances,” saying “your ensemble playing is remarkable and intuitive, and the tonal quality is rich and full.”
Mark Davis is recognized as a leader in the field of plucked string music, known equally for his work as a mandolinist, guitarist, conductor and educator. In the 70’s and 80’s he helped to establish the mandolin-guitar duo as a concert ensemble, with many recordings and tours. Works written for him include Guido Santorsola’s “Sonata a Duo No. 6”, Stephen Funk Pearson’s “Mountain Moor” and Ernst Krenek’s “Suite for mandolin and guitarre, Op. 242”. Mark Davis has been the director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989, establishing their reputation for excellence in promoting and performing contemporary works for plucked strings.
As President of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, Beverly Davis has organized numerous international tours, and also directed the 2001 International Festival of Mandolins in Providence, Rhode Island. Beverly Davis studied the classical guitar with Reed Desrosier at Keene State College, and also performs with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra.
Hauntingly beautiful playing!
Jasper Vabejas, French guitarist
At their home in Connecticut, the Duo presents the North Meadow House Concert Series, featuring many international artists of the plucked string including Choro das 3, Carlo Aonzo, Frank Wallace, Chris Acquavella, Sebastiaan de Greber, Joe Brent and Sara Caswell, Guiseppe Ficara, Norbert Dams, and the Mare Duo.
You guys have an amazing knack for picking GREAT material and performing it with all the taste, tone, timing, soul, swing and overall groove that really makes it a joy to listen to! Beautiful!! Bravo!!... it was just one beautiful exposition of confident, joy-filled music making!
Wayne Fugate, mandolinist (Bright Star), sound engineer (New York International Mandolin Festival)
So what is Open Mic Classical?
An “Open Mic” is for popular music only, right?
We are bringing you Open Mic Classical, a new experience in classical music, to help our community's musicians share their music with a friendly, supportive and appreciative audience.
Are you a doctor with a classical horn habit, or an orchestra member who misses playing in small ensembles? Are you an aspiring young student who doesn't ever get a chance to play with a pianist, but would like to develop your performing skills? Or a composer eager to try out your newest work?
Dust off your flugelhorn, oil your keys, drink your raw egg, and come share your talent in an intimate and casual atmosphere.
Admission is donation based, and classical musicians of all ages and levels are welcome.
Pianist on site is available on request to accompany you.
“Open Mic Classical” is brought to you by clarinetist Mónika Woods (winner of the Cape Symphony's 2013 Soloist Competition) and amateur violist and sculptor Robert Marcus, with a great list of collaborative pianists including Lucy Banner, Ana Glig, Anne Perrault, Elizabeth Tipton, Sylvia Karkush Furash.
It is held at 3:00 pm on the third Sunday of the month October through June at the Brewster Meeting House (1969 Main Street on Route 6A). Participants are asked to sign up in an email or by phone, not later than in at 2:30pm on the day of the event, rehearsal with pianist on request a 1-2 weeks before the event.
Further information is available on www.openmicclassical.org
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, and Orleans Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Thank you to supporters: Canary Burton at seadirdstudio.com, Eli Woods & Co, Monika Woods at klarinetista.com, massachusettsculturalcouncil.org, Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, Orleans Cultural Council.