The Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra offers a special guitarist, composer


PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Tigran Arakelyan, will present a concert of chamber music at 6 p.m. Friday.

The free concert will take place at Finnriver Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum.

It will feature American guitarist Michael Nicolella, who has performed across North America, Europe and Japan as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra.

Nicolella has collaborated with Gil Shaham, Bernadette Peters and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Seattle Guitar Trio, and is a frequent guest with the Seattle Symphony, according to a press release.

He is currently on the faculty of the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle.

In addition, the orchestra will present the American and North American premiere of Alma de Tango for string orchestra, by Argentinian composer Adriana Isabel Figueroa Mañas.

Figueroa Mañas is one of Argentina’s most famous female composers, organizers said.

His symphonic works have been premiered in South America, Europe, China, Canada and the United States.

She is an associate member of the Latin Grammy Academy and was a media composer and advisor for Film Andes.

Nicolella will join the orchestra in Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra.

The PTSO String Orchestra will also perform Edvard Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies and William Grant Still’s Danzas from Panama.

Elijah Hill, winner of the Young Artist Competition Conductor’s Prize, will perform Liebestraum No. 3 by Franz Liszt.

The program will be completed by the quartet and the PTSO horn ensemble.

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