'Of Love and Soul: Music for and by Fathers and Sons'

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BELLOWS FALLS >> Stephen Griesgraber in Guitar Review wrote: "It is easy to feel an intimate connection to the ethereal beauty of Frank Wallace's compositions not only because of their individual splendor, but also because of the lush tone and sensitive perfection with which Wallace executes his music."

Come experience this ethereal beauty, the lush tones, the individual splendor and sensitive perfection in Frank Wallace's "Of Love and Soul" performance in celebration of Father's Day on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. Presented by Stone Church Arts, the concert takes place in the intimate and air-conditioned chapel of Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Of Love and Soul, a concert of music for and by fathers and sons, provides an "intimate connection" to the composer's personal life with songs and solos about place, aging, and fatherhood, inspired by the birth of his first son, the passions and passing of his father, and the films of his second son. The concert features a group of songs on poems by his grandfather about childhood and the wisdom of his own father in the 1890s.

In Tell us True Love, he sings, "Speak Love / Speak a thousand nights / Speak of dark exchanges / Life's spark." All of the music in the concert is composed and the words written by Frank Wallace, but the lyrics of his final piece were written by his father. In this piece, called Father Speaks his father wrote these words: "Shall I Fret / at the summer sun when it distills / The nectars in the lush Elberta peach / For me?"

Since 2001 Frank Wallace has been one of the most prolific composers of solos, songs and chamber music with classical guitar. He has written well over 100 songs, most of them in cycles ranging from three to fifteen songs, with poetry from many sources, including Pulitzer-prize winning poet Theodore Roethke, Robert Creeley, Federico García Lorca, Guillevic, Shem Tov Ben Palquera, Rumi, Nancy Knowles and the composer himself. His recent chamber music includes an hour long suite called As It Could Be for the Hartt School's 50th Anniversary of the Guitar Department, commissioned with support from the Augustine Foundation.

Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society's Festival 21, celebrating all that is new in 21st century guitar, as well as serving two years as the Society's director. In New York City he founded, and with John Olson co-directed, the Second Sundays Guitar Series run by the New York City Classical Guitar Society and Roger Smith Hotel. He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Plymouth State College, Emmanuel College, Keene State College and Franklin Pierce University and has a B.M. degree in classical guitar from San Francisco Conservatory. As a performer he has toured widely throughout the U.S., Europe and South America since 1976, performing with Duo LiveOak and as a soloist at such festivals as the Holland Festival, Regensburg Festival, Música en Compostela, Boston Early Music Festival, Barcelona Festival, International Guitar Festival of Arequipa, the Festival of Spanish Song of Granada, and Guitar Foundation of America.

Join Stone Church Arts for a midsummer concert in celebration of Fathers and Sons, music composed and performed by Frank Wallace, guitar and baritone at Saturday. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets in advance are $17 general admission, $13 for seniors and $35 best in house, premium seating. Tickets at the door are $20 general and $15 for seniors. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, and online atstonechurcharts.org.

For additional information on this concert or any of the upcoming Stone Church Arts concerts, visit the website atstonechurcharts.org or call 802-460-0110.


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