Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - December 16, 1998
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Classical guitarist William Kanengiser, along with special guests, in concert

WHAT: Classical guitarist William Kanengiser, along with special guests, in concert

WHEN: 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 16

WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier

COST: $15.00 orchestra, $12.00 center balcony/mezzanine, $10.00 side balcony/mezzanine

ADD: From the moment William Kanengiser begins to play his guitar, all audience members will quickly realize that his concert at the Shannon Center will not be one of a normal nature. With his incredibly warm, relaxed and sincere stage presence, Kanengiser plays notes that naturally take on a life of their own, leaping off his strings and flowing with crystal clarity to each and every set of ears in the audience.

This graduate of USC--who won the school of music's Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award and who now serves on the faculty--utilizes elements of jazz, folk and pop harmonies to offer up classical music as has never been heard before. In fact, the Los Angeles Times calls Kanengiser's music "sensual, flirtatious and seductive fun, played with dizzying execution with exceeding vitality and warmth."

The master guitarist's classical sets are separated into music from the "Old World" and the "New World," and offer a variety of stylistically diverse composers and compositions. In the first half, transcriptions from such masters as Mozart and Handel are intertwined with recent works written for the guitar by Dusan Bogdanovic and Carlo Domeniconi. The second half, which spotlights the diverse music of the Caribbean, is dominated by the music of such composers as Gottschalk, Ernesto Cordero, and local composer, Brian Head. Kanengiser frequently alludes to flamenco as well as the music of Mexico in the rhythms of the aforementioned composers.

In this second set, Kanengiser will be joined by Whittier College's own phenomenal musicians, Danilo Lozano, flutist and associate professor of music, and Masatoshi Mitsumoto, cellist and music lecturer. These artists will team up for a rendition of Ernesto Cordero's "Dingo and Mandingo."

Kanengiser's breathtaking technique has been thrilling audiences around the globe for years--even those audiences unfamiliar with classical music and classical guitar. Those many thrills come from Kanengiser's use of the guitar: "He's got as many sound effects out of the guitar as possible, all played with perfect balance, order and clarity," says John Huxhold of the St. Louis Dispatch.

In addition to his performances, William Kanengiser has three solo recordings to his name. His first solo recording, "Rondo Alla Turka," was released in 1991 by the GSP label and won an "Indie" award in the classical category of the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. A second album, "Echoes From the Old World," was released in 1993 and featured the folk music traditions of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. His third and latest CD, "Caribbean Souvenirs," released in March 1998, featured the music of Mexico and the Caribbean. Additionally, he was a first prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild in New York, and prepared Mozart's Piano Sonata in A for the Columbia Pictures release of "Crossroads." Kanengiser also played guitar double and coach for the star of "Crossroads," Ralph Macchio.

Because of the extreme diversity and accessibility of Kanengiser's music, traditional as well as non-traditional classical music lovers will agree: classical guitar simply does not get any better than William Kanengiser.

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