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CANTILENA, A CLASSICAL DUO, WILL PERFORM "MUSIC OF THE NIGHT" AT BARD COLLEGE ON NOVEMBER 13 Program features works by Debussy, Fauré, Piazzolla, and others performed by flutist Melissa Sweet and guitarist Gregory Dinger

Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The classical duo Cantilena-consisting of flutist Melissa Sweet and guitarist Gregory Dinger-will perform a program titled "Music of the Night" on Thursday, November 13, at Bard College. Free and open to the public, the concert is presented by the Bard Music Program and begins at 8:00 p.m. in Bard Hall.

"Music of the Night" includes compositions inspired by dreams and other nighttime phenomena. The program will range from famous pieces arranged in new flute and guitar settings (Debussy's "Clair de Lune") to some new pieces by contemporary composer-flutists Geoffrey Kidde and Gary Schocker. Other composers included on the program are Gabriel Fauré, Astor Piazzolla, Kent Kennan and Robert Beaser, Agustin Barrios, and Nikita Koshkin.

Cantilena combines the talents of two Hudson Valley musicians flutist, Melissa Sweet of Saugerties and guitarist Gregory Dinger of Woodstock. Since the late 1980s the duo has appeared together in public recitals and at private occasions throughout the region, with repertoire ranging from baroque suites to impressionist pieces, from a Carmen fantasy to a Gershwin medley, from the most avant-garde new music to popular tunes of the Renaissance. to the Beatles. Cantilena is committed to the performance of contemporary composers including works by Duarte, Haufrecht, Hoover, Miyagi, Piazzolla, Shatin, Tower, and Zaninelli in their repertoire. Each year they participate in the "Now and Present Flute" seminar with Patricia Spencer at Bard College.

For further information about "Music of the Night," call the Music Program at 845-758-7250 or Cantilena at 845-246-6195.

About the Artists:
Melissa Sweet
studied at the Eastman School of Music; her teachers include Oberbrunner, Mariano, Monteux, Panitz, Robison, Solum, and Spencer; and master classes with Robert Willoughby. She teaches privately in Saugerties and is on the adjunct faculty at Ulster County Community College. Sweet is principal flutist in the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the Woodstock Chamber Players, Flutations, and La Grande Écurie.

Gregory Dinger is an instrumental instructor and teacher along with Luis Garcia-Renart in the classical guitar seminar at Bard College. He is also a classical guitar instructor at the SUNY New Paltz, and he teaches guitar, music theory, and history at Ulster County Community College. In addition, Dinger teaches various guitar styles at Allegro Music in Kingston and at Ellenville High School's Performing Arts Academy. He studied guitar with Garcia-Renart, as well as R. P. Sullivan and F. Wallace. Dinger is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and has taken master classes with Frederic Hand, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, and Christopher Parkening. Since 1985, he has hosted and programmed WDST radio's Sunrise Concert classical music show. In addition to solo recitals as a classical guitarist, he has performed concerti by Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos, and Rodrigo with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, and will perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with them in April 2004. In addition to Cantilena, Dinger is also a member of the Arabesque Trio, TimePieces, and Ars Choralis. He has played various styles of guitar, as well as banjo and mandolin, in rock, pop, heavy-metal, and blues groups and Broadway shows.


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This event was last updated on 11-05-2003