Guitarist saves the day

Critic's choice:

Classical music

October 27, 2002|By Tim Smith

The war on terrorism has produced some unexpected, adverse side effects on the culture front.

Several musicians abroad have found it difficult to obtain what were previously easy visas to perform in the U.S.; all the extra scrutiny seems to have created a paperwork bottleneck. Just this month, two area organizations have had to scramble to find replacements for visa-less artists.

The Artemis String Quartet from Germany was forced to cancel its engagement last week at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (the American String Quartet stepped in), while the Hungarian duo-guitarists known as the Katona Twins were prevented from making its scheduled appearance next weekend for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.

The society was lucky to get a noteworthy replacement for the twins at short notice - Jason Vieaux, who has an impressive list of competition wins to his credit, as well as national and international concert tours and two well-received recordings.

The young guitarist's program here includes works by Fernando Sor, Manuel Ponce, Isaac Albeniz, Frank Martin and Jose Luis Merlin, as well as his own transcription of a Bach sonata.

Jason Vieaux's recital is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr.

Tickets are $25, $20 for students, seniors and Baltimore Classical Guitar Society members. Call 410-247-5320.

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