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Hello and welcome! Not too long ago I was playing a piece for a student. After I finished, there was a long silence before he said to me, “It’s amazing! While I was listening to you, I suddenly remembered the first time I ever heard the guitar, and then I was reliving that moment. I could see the light of the afternoon sun and feel the breeze coming through the window in front of me. It’s like I was there!” It is precisely that ability of the guitar to evoke and even invoke other times and other places, which draws people to it. I, too, remember the first time I ever heard the guitar. As I stood before the loudspeaker, listening to a recording of Andrés Segovia, I felt I was recalling experiences I’d never had and seeing places I didn’t know existed! Filled with the beauty of the music, I was also seized by a nostalgia of great poignancy; for what, or for whom, I did not know. I felt my life had changed, and I was right! Within a few days I had purchased a guitar and I’ve been playing ever since. Yet, after all these years, I love the guitar and music more than ever. It is my joy to share that love with others. Here at larrysnitzler.com, you'll be able to learn about my latest musical activities; upcoming performances, recent recordings, etc. I'll also be including some music samples, a bio, reviews, photos and links to the websites of friends, along with other websites I find useful or interesting.  I’ll try to keep things up to date, but honestly, it’s more fun to perform, practice, or teach than it is to maintain the site! Even so, in addition to refreshing the Calendar dates more often, I’ll be adding photos and musings from time to time, so check in when you’ve got a moment: something of interest will have been added!

Summer Music Update - June 13, 2013

Andrés Segovia and the Guitar Today: DATE CHANGE!

Please note we have moved up the date by one week to: July 20.

João Figueirôa, the young Brazilian virtuoso and Larry Snitzler, who has performed in 20 countries and who knew Andrés Segovia personally for 25 years, will offer a three-hour presentation discussing the importance of the great Spanish master, both in the past, and for today's generation of guitarists. Mr. Snitzler will play solos by Moreno-Torroba, Villa-Lobos and Segovia; the program will conclude with João and Larry performing a duet written by Andrés Segovia.

Summer Serenade:

On August 11, I return to the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, just down the street from the White House. The beauty of the interior is matched by the superb acoustics. Just the place to listen to a Summer Serenade of pieces by Moreno-Torroba and Villa-Lobos.


Thanks to everyone who came out to see the Eclectic Guitars, LarrySnitzler & Rick Whitehead, and who gave us three standing ovations when we played all those new tangos! We'll be adding more new music by Bach and Scarlatti in the Fall.

 

Summer Music - June 2, 2013

The Eclectic Guitars: A Tangle of Tangos

On June 7, the Eclectic Guitars, LarrySnitzler & Rick Whitehead, serve up a platter of new pieces: eight tangos we've just added to our repertoire by Piazzolla, Almeida, Cardoso & Dyens.

Segovia and the Guitar Today:

On July 27, Brazilian virtuoso João Figueirôa and I join forces in a three-hour presentation in which we discuss the relevance, today, of the great Andrés Segovia, my former teacher and mentor. João and I will close out the program by playing a beautiful duet composed by Segovia.

Summer Serenade:

On August 11, I return to the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, just down the street from the White House. The beauty of the interior is matched by the superb acoustics. Just the place to listen to a Summer Serenade of pieces by Moreno-Torroba and Villa-Lobos.


¡Sevilla! - May 31, 2012

The weather in the Washington area is beautiful just now: sunny days with moderate temperatures and, (temporarily), low humidity; not unlike that of Andalucía. So, take advantage of this clement climate and come listen to one of my upcoming performances of a program I call ¡Sevilla! I’ll be presenting some really beautiful Spanish pieces by Milan, Sor, Moreno-Torroba, Falla and, especially… Turina’s Sevillana-Fantasía. Along with all this, I’ll be playing music by Poulenc and Villa-Lobos and featuring works by two American composers: George Antheil’s Printemps and Glenn Smith’s Lullaby for Peace and Joy. Not to be missed. I’m not even kidding! You’ve got two possibilities: Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD on June 3 and The Lyceum in Old Town, Alexandria, VA on June 9. Reservations for the Lyceum would probably be a good idea. Click on the Calendar tab for details. Come by and say hello afterward!

 

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