2014 - 2015 Season


William Kanengiser
Classical Guitar Guest Artist
Friday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
Schroeder Hall

Recognized as one of the USA’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser was First Prize Winner in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as in major international guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983).  He is known for developing a unique and individual repertoire for his instrument.


“Music of Spain”

La Danza del Molinero                                               Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
                                                                                                (arr. W. Kanengiser)   

Fantasie Elegiaque, op. 59                                         Fernando Sor (1778-1839)

¡Marieta! (Mazurka)                                                  Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Lágrima (Preludio)
María (Gavota)

Fantasia (Sevillana)                                                     Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)


“Music of North America”

Sonata #1 “Las Campanas”                                        Ernesto Garcia de León (b. 1952)
            Diálogos Criollos

Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements                          Léo Brouwer (b. 1939)
            Afro-Cuban Lullaby
            Danza Carecterística

Prelúdio Cubano*                                                       Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)
Intermezzo*                                                                (*arr. W. Kanengiser)

The Magic Serenade                                                    Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)

Brookland Boogie                                                       Brian Head (b. 1964)

Kanengiser is author of two instructional videos, “Effortless Classical Guitar” and “Classical Guitar Mastery.” Prior to the concert, he will present a Master Class with students from the studio of Guitar Professor Eric Cabalo.

The 1 p.m. Master Class in Schroeder Hall on Oct. 10 is free and open to the public.


William Kanengiser

            Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won First Prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as major guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983).  He has recorded four solo CD’s for the GSP label, ranging from classical to jazz to Caribbean to Near Eastern styles, and he was chosen to record “Books 8 & 9” for the Suzuki Guitar Advanced Repertoire Series. In 2005 he released a live concert DVD, “Classical Guitar and Beyond”, for Mel Bay Recordings, which also features Mr. Kanengiser’s talents as a comedian/mimic in his infamous “GFA Imitation Show”. A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, he was a recipient of the “2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching” and the “2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Professional Endeavors”. He has given master classes around the world and produced two instructional videos, “Effortless Classical Guitar” and “Classical Guitar Mastery” for Hot Licks Video. In January 2014 he served as featured performer and curator of the “New York Guitar Marathon” at legendary Merkin Hall. Featured recitals in 2014 include appearances in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, China and the UK.
            As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded over a dozen CD’s.  LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMYâ for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004 for their “LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes” CD. They recently recorded a CD, due out in early 2015, called “New Renaissance”. It will feature Mr. Kanengiser’s arrangements of Spanish Renaissance music, originally created for the stage production “The Ingenious Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes”. Premiered by LAGQ with John Cleese (of Monty Python), the show is now being toured with comedian Phil Proctor of the Firesign Theater, and was recently released as a live DVD on Mel Bay Recordings. Visit Mr. Kanengiser here.