Astoria — “A riveting artist” as described by the Washington Post, classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan returns to Astoria on an Oregon and Washington solo tour. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at Grace Episcopal Church, located at 1545 Franklin Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Larget-Caplan’s program, “Virtuoso Guitar: Bach to the 21st Century,” explores a great range of guitar music, including his own arrangements of classical compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and Franz Schubert, including original works by Latin American, Spanish and Japanese composers, and new lullabies written for Larget-Caplan’s new lullaby project, together with a world premiere by composer Garrett Ian Shatzer.
“The seeds of the program sprouted upon falling in love with some of these composers and pieces as a student at the New England Conservatory,” Larget-Caplan says. “The technical challenges of the music Bach and Scarlatti are, of course, exciting, but I have always been enamored with the emotional challenge in the music and in finding one’s own voice with such masterpieces that have been performed by some of history’s best musicians.”
The contemporary composition to balance the emotional strength of Bach and Scarlatti comes from the virtuoso “Legend of Hagoromo” by Keigo Fujii, which Larget-Caplan first heard in Spain in 1998.
“From that moment my heart was taken by this most-expressive and phenomenal piece of art, which is also the centerpiece of my forthcoming CD, to be released in May 2015 by the UK label Stone Records,” Larget-Caplan added. “Faithfully, after a performance of the ‘Legend of Hagoromo’ in 2013, Astoria artist Charles Schweigert confessed that he, too, was inspired to create a work of art on the Japanese legend. I am honored that Mr. Schweigert agreed to have his painting for the cover art of the CD, and it will be available for viewing at Grace Church for the concert.”
An avid solo and chamber music performer, Larget-Caplan’s performances combine traditional expressiveness with contemporary passion. A gifted speaker and performer, he connects with audiences, allowing both the traditional and new repertoire to come to life.
Larget-Caplan’s “astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) has been captivating audiences for over a dozen years. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Colorado, Larget-Caplan gave his debut at age 16 and has since premiered over 50 compositions, most of which are dedicated to him, and performed through the United States, Italy and Russia. He is the son of Astoria resident Laurie Caplan. His new lullaby project has garnered international attention and accolades.
He graduated from the New England Conservatory having studied with David Leisner and Eliot Fisk. Following the conservatory, Larget-Caplan, studied with Russian master pedagogue Dmitry Goryachev and flamenco with Juanito Pascual. He is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston and formerly at the Boston Conservatory. For more information, including Caplan’s recordings, videos and upcoming concerts can be found at www.alcguitar.com, or www.newlullabyproject.com