Posted for Mocha Rizing:
On Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m., Mocha Rizing in Center Sandwich will present two-time Grammy nominee Jose Lezcano and Franziska Huhn, from the New England Conservatory in Boston, as part of its Winter Rizing Music Series.
In this intimate setting, Jose and Franziska will be performing music evocative of Latin America, Spain, and Armenia; from exciting dance rhythms to rapturous melodies and mystic moods, composed or arranged for the exotic combination of guitar and harp.
Dr. José Manuel Lezcano is described by the New Millennium Guitar Magazine as "a superb guitarist as well as a first-rate composer and arranger." He has captivated audiences on four continents. His programs featuring traditional and Latin American repertory, and his own original compositions have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall and the North-South Consonance Series in New York City to major venues and festivals throughout the world. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, Lezcano was invited to join the faculty of Keene State College in New Hampshire in 1991, where he is Professor of Music.
He has lectured throughout the state for the NH Humanities Council on Ecuadorean indian guitar traditions, rituals, and mythology. Dr. Lezcano's own Guitar Concerto (2004), which he premiered in New York City as soloist with the North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra directed by Max Lifschitz, has received critical acclaim after release on the North-South label in 2007 as "Remembrances/Recuerdos." For his work on the CD, Jose received two Grammy nominations and was semi-finalist for "Best Contemporary Composition" and "Best Performance, Soloist with Orchestra".
At the age of fourteen, harpist Franziska Huhn took first prize in the prestigious Jugend Musiziert Competition in Germany. Subsequently, she went on to receive a full scholarship to study with Lucille Lawrence and earn a Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University. Ms. Huhn continued her studies with Boston Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she completed a Masters Degree in Harp performance and a Graduate Diploma, in addition to becoming the first ever harpist to be awarded the Artist's Diploma by the Conservatory in 2005.
Ms. Huhn has performed in Japan, and at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1999 and 2000. She later returned to Tanglewood to perform contemporary music as a Fromm player in 2003. Ms. Huhn is also active in and around the Boston area performing as a substitute harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a solo performer, Ms. Huhn has given recitals throughout the United States and international recitals including several performances for the German President (Johannes Rau, Horst Köhler).
For tickets, call Mocha Rizing at 284-9995. Seating is limited.