Award Winning Puerto Rican Guitarist to perform at Annual Memorial Concert
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Sgt. Katherine E. Brunelle Memorial Concert
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – 8:00 PM
Lin-Wood Public School, Lincoln, NH
Sponsored by the Lincoln / Woodstock Rotary Club
On Saturday, April 17, 2010 – a 30 piece orchestra will perform the 3rd Annual Sgt. Katherine E. Brunelle Memorial Concert. The ensemble will be joined by Yovianna Garica, a young, award winning Puerto Rican guitarist and educator – performing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concert for Guitar and Orchestra No.1 in D major. Noah Glynn, former Woodstock Police Officer and graduate of Plymouth State University will lead the celebration of the life and work of Sgt. Katherine Brunelle. Brunelle was a committed servant of the Lincoln / Woodstock communities, working as a sergeant for the Woodstock Police Department and a dedicated member of the Lincoln / Woodstock Rotary Club. Brunelle passed away in May of 2007 and left an unsurpassed legacy of humanitarianism. In 2008, Noah Glynn, Delilah Smith, Douglas and Claire Moorhead, along with members of the Lincoln / Woodstock Rotary Club established the annual event in her honor, donating all proceeds to the Lin-Wood Education Trust – Sgt. Katherine Brunelle Scholarship.
This is one of the community’s first experiences with an international classical artist. Guitarist, Yovianna Garcia Alvarado is rapidly becoming known as a unique, young promise in the classical guitar scene. Born into a family of musicians in Ponce, she began violin studies at the Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morel Campos at the age of eight and later enrolled in the Instituto de Música Juan Morel Campos to study classical guitar with Santos Torres Toro and Héctor Hernández Maldonado. She later went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar performance from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where she studied with Leonardo Egúrbida. She recently completed a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance at the Hartt School of Music under the guidance of Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd.
She’s performed extensively in the North East Coast, Puerto Rico and Spain, including noted venues such as the Connecticut Guitar Society’s “Guitar Day”, featured artist in the New Music Hartford contemporary music series, the Primer Festival de Guitarra Clásica en Ponce, Puerto Rico; and the Festival de Guitarra en Córdoba, España. She was one of the United State’s “Top Ten” in a recent classical guitar competition and is continuing to compete both nationally and internationally.
Her compositions have been performed by many artists such as the 2010 CMA/ASCAP Innovative Programming and Commitment to Featuring New Works Award winner, the Alturas Duo. García’s music has been featured in festivals in Puerto Rico and the United States including most recently the New Music Hartford contemporary music festival, the Annual Women Composers Festival in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Primer Festival de Guitarra Clásica in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ms. García has won several awards including: Second Place at the National Classical Guitar Competition in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, the Hernán Rodríguez Medal from the UNESCO Association of Puerto Rico, the Guitar Department and Board of Directors Academic Excellence Award from the Conservatory of Puerto Rico, and various scholarships from the Corporación de las Artes Musicales.
García has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Nicholas Goluses, David Pavlovitz, Iván Rijos, Pavel Steidl, Roland Dyens, Manuel Barrueco, Berta Rojas, René González, Eduardo Fernández, Benjamin Verdery, Oscar Ghiglia, Angel Romero, and William Kanengeiser. In 2006, Ms. García founded, organized and performed at the First Annual Classical Guitar Festival in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Ms. García teaches at The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, Music and Arts Center in West Hartford, Connecticut, and has her private guitar studio. She is also the Artistic Director of the 4 Seasons Concert Series at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Hartford, Connecticut.
Tickets are $20.00 per person and may be pre-purchased by contacting Chief Douglas Moorhead at Woodstock PD (603) 745-8700 or any Lincoln-Woodstock Rotarian. Tickets are available at the door, however availability may be limited.
Rotary Pre-Concert Dinner:
Members of the Lincoln / Woodstock Rotary, along with area restaurants prepare a delicious collection of culinary samplings in a pre-concert dinner event. Service begins at 5:30 and ends at 6:45 - $10 per person. Vegetarian options are available.