Newsletter March 1970 (English)

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Newsletter March 1970 (English)


Martin Polten
Members Concert
Richard Stephen


Ottawa Guitar Society





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Newsletter of the Ottawa Guitar Society
March, 1970

Martin was born in Vienna in 1949 and came with his family to Canada in 1954. He began the study of the classical guitar at twelve years of age with Eli Kassner in Toronto. In 1966 he studied with Andres Segovia at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, N.C. In 1967 he received a Jean A. Chalmers Scholarship to attend master classes with Julian Bream in Stratford, Ontario. He studied again with Bream in the summer of 1969 and later in the summer with Alirio Diaz in Banff.
Mr. Polten has given recitals in Toronto, Hamilton, Sudbury, Waterloo, Winnipeg and other cities and has performed on radio and television as well. Presently finishing his fourth year in the Bachelor of music in Performance course at the University of Toronto, Martin is an accomplished lutenist as well as a guitarist. He has also gained a reputation for the excellence of his improvisations, one of which will be included in his Ottawa recital. Also included in his Ottawa recital will be the music of;
Alonso Mudarra
John Dowland
Daniel Batchelar
J.S. Bach
Frank Martin
Joaquin Rodrigo
Tickets for this performance are $2.00 for non-members and $1.00 for members and students. They are available from executive members of the Society or from;
Metro Music Store - Bank at Carling
Ken Davidson's Studio - 378 Elgin
The concert will start at 8:00 pm and members are reminded what the Algonquin College Auditorium is located at the foot of Lees Avenue off Main Street in Ottawa East.

It may be possible for a limited number of interested members to meet the guest artist in an informal reception after the concert. Those members that are interested should immediately contact Garfield Clack at 728-7970.

MEMBERS CONCERT - ALGONQUIN COLLEGE - (Sunday, April 19th., 8:00p.m.)
The members concert is meant to provide an opportunity for ANY member to perform for the rest of the membership. Although this concert is not intended to be formal each player will be required to notify Colin Everett, in advance, of what he intends to play so that a programme for the evening can be organised. This project is NOT intended for advanced performers only, nor is it intended to be restricted as to style of music. It will however be restricted to members as performers. The success of the event will depend on the membership participation. Remember that music is not just a spectator sport. Any member wishing to perform or requiring any further information should contact C.J. Everett at 234-1453 right away.

GUITAR WORKSHOP - RICHARD STEPHAN (Thursday, April 23., 1970)
Mr, Stephan of the Crane Music Department, State University College, Potsdam, N.J. will be in Ottawa on Thursday April 23rd., to adjudicate the guitar competition classes of the Ottawa Music Festival. He will be available in the evening for a workshop. Further information concerning time and place will be forthcoming in April.

The next edition of the Quarterly Review will be published in April. The deadline for contributions for this issue is March 30th. Now is the time to drop out of the ranks of the Silent Majority. Send your ideas and opinions to Bob Smith 2391 Virginia Drive, (731-6068)
Start those cards and letters coming in!

Miss Angelina Cacciato has extended a welcome to any member to come and play at the Drop In Centre and Coffee House sponsored for young people at the blessed Sacrament Church, at the corner of Fourth Ave., and Percy St. The Centre is open on Friday Evenings and further information can be obtained in from Miss Cacciato at 235-9875.

Annual General Meeting (Sunday, May 10th)
The Annual General Meeting with the election of officers for the 1970-71 season will be held on Sunday, May 10th.

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