Music duo to perform From Bach to Brazil

  • Rebecca Hartka and José Lezcano will pe on Feb. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cellist Rebecca Hartka and guitarist José Lezcano will present the concert, From Bach to Brazil, at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, N.H.

They will perform works by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali and Cuban composer Eduardo Martin among others on Feb. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Hartka and Lezcano have collaborated since 2014 in venues such as the Longy School of Music, the Arts Block, North Hall Arts Festival, and Keene State College. In March, the duo will perform and give master classes in Havana, Cuba, through the invitation of UNEAC. Their first recording of music by Latin American Composers will be released in the fall.

Lezcano is a twice Grammy-nominated composer and guitarist. His works have been performed and/or recorded by numerous musicians including Maestra Joanne Falletta, conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic.

As Professor of Music at Keene State College, Lezcano coordinates the guitar program, conducts the Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble, and teaches a studio of young guitarists.

Hartka has played in venues throughout the U.S., Italy, Vietnam and Thailand. She has appeared recently as a solo recitalist in the Frederick Historical Piano Collection Concert Series. Her debut CD, Folkfire, with pianist Azusa Komiyama, released in 2010, received critical acclaim. Hartka earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music Degree at Boston University College of Fine Arts.

Admission is $10 for the event. The program will serve as a fundraiser for a student cello for a Cuban music school.

The Mariposa, a museum dedicated to fostering peace and understanding across cultural borders, is located at 26 Main St. in Peterborough, N.H.

For more information, visit: http://mariposamuseum.org/events/.