Date & Time: Saturday January 25, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $20 General, $15 Seniors/Students
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Spanish and South American Music
Introduccion y Fandango Dionisio Aguado
Capricho Arabe Francisco Tarrega
Julia Florida Agustin Barrios
Rafaga Joaquin Turina
El Polo Isaac Albeniz
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tarrega
Tres Apuntes Leo Brouwer
Asturias* Isaac Albeniz
Sevilla* Isaac Albeniz
Selections from Villa-Lobos’ Etudes, Preludes, and Choros
About the Artist
Jack Cimo is a classically-trained Spanish guitarist known for his powerful presence, beautiful tone, and exciting renditions. Having played the guitar since he was a toddler, his devotion to the instrument has directed the course of his life. He has over 20 years of performing experience, and now calls San Luis Obispo, California home.
He has worked with Grammy-award winning musicians such as Steve Suvada, William Kanengiser, and Pepe Romero; and has captivated audiences in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Costa Rica, and Ireland to name a few. He has been a finalist or prizewinner in various competitions, including winning USC’s Presser Award and taking 3rd in the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival. He was recently one of two Americans to be invited to the prestigious Joann Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, NY.
Jack is passionate about exploring different styles and has a mastery of Spanish classics, romantic Italian music, and festive Central and South American pieces. His wide repertoire includes everything from Baroque and Renaissance music to avant-garde pieces and The Beatles.
Mr. Cimo frequently performs with various chamber music ensembles. He was a member of Chicago’s MODE Ensemble, an innovative group that performed many different programs, including American, Nordic music, and French Baroque. He and cellist Allegra Montanari formed Duo Sogno, playing a rarely heard combination of instruments. They performed the Midwest premiere of Bogdanovic’s Rainforest Canticles in 2015. As a member of the Helios Guitar Quartet, he released in 2013 the first guitar version of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1), available on itunes. He is also a frequent collaborator with singers; he debuted Jordan Nelson’s Around the Thrown for guitar and soprano and joined the What’s Next Ensemble for a performance of Michael Gordon’s modern opera Van Gogh, playing electric guitar.
After graduating from USC’s Thornton School of Music with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Jack focuses on delighting communities through touring as a soloist, sharing his passion through teaching, and recording. He is excited to organize and perform in a major benefit concert for the community of Paradise, which was razed by a massive fire last year, which will be held on May 25. He’ll share the stage with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and flamenco guitarist Adam Del Monte. He performed the Concierto de Aranjuez multiple times last season, most recently with the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Jane Brown said of his performance, “Mr. Cimo plays with expressive depth, great feeling, and brilliant virtuosity. His performance of the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez was a season favorite that our audience and musicians are still discussing in appreciation and awe.”