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Grand Lake/Live Music: Intimate sound of the classical guitar

by Cyndi McCoy
Grand Lake, Colorado

The sounds of classical guitar will fill the crisp air as the Grand Arts Council hosts its next Concert in the Pines. Cozy and warm inside the Grand Lake Community House, audiences will be treated to a performance by Alex Komodore and Jeff LaQuatra.

Fingerstyle Guitar readers will recognize Alex Komodore, sometimes columnist on guitar technique for the magazine. Komodore, of Denver, is known for his powerful interpretations, impressive technique and natural skill. He played as a solo artist, chamber musician and orchestra soloist in concert venues along the Front Range.

He was hooked after hearing a recording of Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia.

“It’s a very captivating, intimate sound,” he said of the instrument. “That’s what drew me to it and still does.”

At age 11, he played at one of his earliest performances at New York City’s Town Hall and he’s been on stage ever since.

Komodore’s performances have earned him praise from critics and audiences, and his CDs have received global distribution. His first-place national win in the Music Teachers National Association 1985 guitar category was followed by appearances on National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.

When not on the stage, Komodore heads the guitar studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver (as assistant professor of guitar and music theory) and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He is pleased to say that many of his past students have placed in international guitar competitions and top graduate music schools in America and abroad. He met Jeff LaQuatra, originally of Ohio, through Metro State where they both teach.

LaQuatra has been described by Classical Guitar magazine as “a guitarist of enormous talent, both musically and technically.” He began classical guitar studies as a teen at the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the direction of John Holmquist. With degree in hand, he moved to Denver to continue his graduate studies at the University of Denver. Currently, he has started arranging a few of Bach’s cello suites.

Like Komodore, he also divides his time equally as a performer and teacher. He is on the faculty at both Red Rocks Community College and Metropolitan State College of Denver (where he and Komodore’s guitar program is nationally recognized and growing).

He said some of his greatest inspiration comes from the musicians, former teachers, colleagues and friends he’s had the opportunity to form relationships with. He and Komodore have been performing a program of guitar duo music, “a real treat,” and LaQuatra said it’s wonderful to get another chance to share it.

Audiences with the Grand County Concert Series were thrilled the past two years when he played with Masakazu Ito. This time, he and Komodore are set to perform works by classical and modern composers, consisting of arrangements written by such composers as Telemann and Brahms, as well as more modern guitar duo compositions by Paulo Bellinati, Frederic Hand and Australian guitarist Phillip Houghton.

Wine will be available for $5 per glass. Tickets are available at the door.

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