Guitar With A French Accent at HSU - Humboldt State Now

Guitar With A French Accent at HSU

From “Claire de Lune” to Ravel, HSU Guitar Ensemble plays with a French accent—including homegrown music in the same spirit—in its concert on Friday, November 13, at Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Nick Hart, Adrien Bouissou, Sador Rangel, Leo Plummer. Back: Jonathan Hernandez, Evan Dowadakin, Andrew Heavelin.

Guitarists Andrew Heavelin and Leo Plummer perform the classic Debussy “Claire de Lune,” as the first of four selections by 20th-century French composers. Heavelin and Plummer are joined by Kenneth Bozanich and Adrien Bouissou for Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess. Francis Poulenc’s “Mouvements Perpétuels” is played by Sador Rangel and Nick Hart.

“Paraboles” by French composer Jacques Ibert “is a decidedly Spanish piece,” said Guitar Ensemble director Nicholas Lambson. Hart and Jon Hernandez perform part of this work.

Besides also being captivated by Spanish music, Debussy and Ravel were especially influenced by the Impressionist painters and French symbolist poets. So was the Russian composer Alexander Scribian. Bozanich, Rangel and Evan Dowdakin perform two of his Twelve Preludes.

The concert also features “The Jester,” a piece for four guitars and bass by HSU guitar and composition student Kenneth Bozanich. “It includes some of the same stylistic elements as the other pieces on the program, with extended jazzy harmonies,” Lambson said. It’s performed by the composer plus Plummer, Heavelin and Bouissou.

The HSU Guitar Ensemble performs on Friday, November 13, at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus. Tickets are $8, $5 seniors and children, free to HSU students with ID, from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door. More information: Produced by HSU Music department.