RGC Meeting in Fellowship Hall in Asbury Methodist Church on July 19, 2021 featuring the RMO with Collin Sauter Opening on Classical Guitar

Following Kinloch Nelson’s opening introduction, Collin Sauter commanded our complete attention with his fluid, expressive guitar performance. He played his pieces largely from memory as is typical of classical guitarists. His playing was far more than competent exhibiting a nice balance between melody and harmony as well as high and low voices.

Collin Sauter, program
♫ From the “Twenty Studies For the Guitar” by Fernando Sor (Segovia Edition)
♪ Etude 7
♪ Etude 17

♫ “Maria” by Francisco Tarrega

♫ From “Five Preludes” by Heitor Villa-Lobos
♪ Prelude no.1
♪ Prelude no. 3
♪ Prelude no. 2

After Collin’s performance, Kinloch interviewed him regarding his history, technique and motivation. Collin’s repertoire was mostly influenced by his teacher, Ken Luk, and featured romantic Bralizilian music. We learned also that he began playing ukelele and works regularly with scales and arpeggios. He has also been greatly influenced by jazz.

Following Collin’s delightful performance we were treated to an exciting evening of mandolin extravaganza expertly executed by the Rochester Mandolin Orchestra. RMO was started two years by two members of RGC, Ken Luk and Tom Napoli. The group took an unexpected hiatus last year due to the pandemic. They have recently resumed in-person rehearsals and are hoping to expand their performances in the community. The group consists of about a dozen players and various instruments including mandolins, bowlback and flatback, mandola, mandocello and guitar. The orchestra played with a keen sense of balance between the various voices with solid rythyms and tightly blended harmonies.

Rochester Mandolin Orchestra, program
“Sleepy Time Gal” (by R. Whiting)
“Jolly Brothers” (by F. Budick, arr. Louis Tocaben)
“Flavia” (by J. Gioe)
“Rio de Janeiro” (by Luigi Todo)
“Tennessee Waltz” (by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, arr. Ken Luk)
“Jenny Lind Polka” (by A. Wallerstein)
“Ich Liebe Dich” (by Edvard Grieg, arr. Ken Luk)
“Ashokan Farewell” (by Jay Unger, arr. Ben Ford and Ken Luk)
“Bacio D’Angelo” (by Stellario Cambria)
“Cinema Paradiso” (by E. Morricone)
“Potatisvals” (by Ale Möller, arr. Ben Ford)

~Richard Taglieri

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