EXPOSED: Music Performance – Gretchen Farrar & Francisco Roldán

Thursday, August 11, 6-8PM

Classical voice/guitar duo Gretchen Farrar and Francisco Roldán perform selections from their recording Interweaving, which offers a variety of styles from the Renaissance to the contemporary, consisting of songs from Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, England and the United States.

The program explores the ranges of emotion expressed by the collaborative relationship between classical guitar and voice. Throughout history, singers have woven melodic texts through the harmonies and punteados of lyres, harps, lutes, vihuelas, and guitars. From ancient Greece and Rome to the Renaissance, through the Baroque and Classical periods, to today’s rock, folk, flamenco, jazz and myriad other international genres of music, this relationship has developed and flourished.

The intimate pairing of voice and guitar continues to evolve, virtually unchanged in its essential instrumental makeup, and expresses our deepest feelings, from joy to lament. The emotion and beauty of this timeless partnership has moved listeners throughout the ages, and is reflected in the music of composers including John Dowland (1563-1626), Fernando Sor (1778-1839), Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909), Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Leo Brouwer (b. 1939), and Ernesto Cordero (b. 1946).

Representing varied genres and eras, unified with a common thread of conviction, Interweaving (entretejiendo in Spanish) takes single strands of melody, harmony, poetry, rhythm, and dynamics, and fuses them together into a cohesive, expressive whole. The voice and the guitar thread their way into and around each other, creating a variegated tapestry of sound.


For the past twenty years, the Helen Day Art Center has hosted an outdoor public art and sculpture exhibition called Exposed in Stowe, Vermont. Exposed hosts sculptures, site-specific installations, and participatory work from twenty-three national and international artists. the 2011 edition offers a series of Thursday night events by 12 video artists, writers, performers, and musicians accompany the exhibit. This exhibition and series of events is accompanied by cell phone audio tours, QR codes, walking tour maps, walkabouts, and a catalogue of the exhibit published by Kasini House Books. The exhibition will take place July 8th to October 8th, 2011.


Helen Day Art Center
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Stowe 05672
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