Monday, May 6, 2013

Aranjuez in Raleigh: Ed Stephenson with Raleigh Symphony

The "Concierto de Aranjuez," by the blind, 20th-century composer Joaquín Rodrigo, is one of the most well-known works for classical guitar. However, it is less often that one gets to hear it backed by a full orchestra. Ed Stephenson performed the Spanish bonbon last night on the Meredith College campus, accompanied by the Raleigh Symphony, which also performed works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

Ed Stephenson, Concierto de Aranjuez, 5.5.13
Meredith College campus at night.

Born in Canada, Stephenson is half-Ukrainian (original family name: Stefanyshyn). Besides teaching at Meredith, he performs regularly in the area as a soloist and with his nuevo-flamenco combo Paco Band.

The Adagio second movement is instantly familiar; so familiar, in fact, that contractually, orchestras can only obtain the rights to perform this concerto in its entirety. But for simplicity's sake, I'm bringing you just the video of this melancholic second movement from last night's performance:

Ed Stephenson, Concierto de Aranjuez, 5.5.13
Ed passes a bouquet to Raleigh Symphony conductor Jim Waddelow.

Ed Stephenson, Concierto de Aranjuez, 5.5.13


Ed Stephenson, Artist Webpage
Raleigh Symphony webpage

1 comment:

Tomas Franklin Castillo said...

excellent performance...the majestic of Spain, held in his arms, in the form of a guitar!