Satie to Arcata with HSU Guitar Ensemble

HSU Guitar Ensemble proceeds from 20th century France to contemporary Arcata and five pieces by student composers, in its spring concert on Saturday April 2 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Erik Satie’s signature “Gymnopedie No. 1” for solo piano is given a unique ensemble treatment by 10 guitarists and a bassist. Guitarists Andrew Heavelin and Leo Plummer combine on the Debussy favorite, “Claire de Lune,” and are joined by Adrien Bouissou, Kenneth Bozanich and bassist Ryan Woempner for “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” from Debussy “Children’s Corner” suite.

The concert’s second half is devoted to work born in Arcata from a collaboration of guitarists and student composers. “Many of the composition students have not written for guitar before, or they had limited experience,” said Guitar Ensemble director Nicholas Lambson, “and the guitar students had not worked with non-guitarist composers before. Working together this semester, we have five brand new, and very different, works for guitar.”

The composers are Kenneth Bozanich, Sabrina Fisher, Charlie McClung, Kyle McInnis and Aidan Sanborn-Petterson. Guitars performing in this concert are Adrien Boussiou, Kenneth Bozanich, Evan Dowdakin, Sabrina Fisher, Andrew Heavelin, Jonathan Hernandez, Sean Laughlin, Rodrigo Nunez, Leo Plummer, Sador Rangel and Hawk Silverdragon.

The HSU Guitar Ensemble performs on Saturday April 2 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: Directed by Nicholas Lambson, produced by HSU Music department.