CMSDetroit Presents Frist US Appearances Of Cello-Guitar Duo Antonio Meneses & Paul Galbraith Oct. 26-28

CMSDetroit Presents Frist US Appearances Of Cello-Guitar Duo Antonio Meneses & Paul Galbraith Oct. 26-28The Chamber Music Society of Detroit's new Regional Partner series brings to Southeast Michigan the inaugural American tour of a new duo collaboration between Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith. Their eclectic program includes the work that inspired their collaboration - Schubert's "Arpeggione" Sonata - plus works by Haydn and three Brazilian composers arranged or composed especially for this duo.

The concerts take place on Friday, October 26, 7:30 PM at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial's newly refurbished Patriot Theater, Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, and Sunday, October 28, 3:00 PM at Oakland University's Varner Recital Hall. Tickets for all three venues, priced at $45 for premium seats, $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for youth/students, are available online at or by phone at 313-335-3300.

Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses, Gold Medal winner of two prestigious international competitions, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Munch, is a frequent guest with the world's leading festivals and symphony orchestras. As a chamber musician, he was a member of one of the 20th century's greatest chamber ensembles, the Beaux Arts Trio, for its last ten years.

A native of Edinburgh, Paul Galbraith is one of today's most celebrated guitarists, as well as a brilliant innovator. At age 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the first Segovia International guitar Competition. A few months later, Galbraith went on to win a top prize at the BBC's "Young Musician of the Year" competition.

Despite his success, Galbraith began what became a years-long quest to overcome the guitar's technical limitations. The results were remarkable: the playing position that Galbraith developed, as well as changes to his guitar's design, are widely regarded as groundbreaking developments in the history of the instrument. His guitar is supported by an endpin, just like a cello, and rests on a wooden resonance box, greatly expanding and enriching the instrument's resonance. The guitar itself has eight strings instead of the usual six - one high and one low - further increasing its range, repertoire and capabilities. With his new "Brahms guitar" as he calls it, Galbraith has been touring and recording to great critical acclaim. The London Times dubbed his new posture "revolutionary" ... "the results were truly remarkable, with an amazing clarity and a huge dynamic range ... the audience was held spellbound." Gramophone magazine said of his two-record Bach set "magnificently played ... a landmark in the history of guitar recordings."

Both Antonio Meneses and Paul Galbraith have made acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recordings. Their duo collaboration began when the two met as neighbors while living in Basel, Switzerland. Their first U.S. tour as a duo includes several concerts in California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, plus an appearance in Massachusetts in addition to their three metro Detroit appearances.

Concert Details

Friday, October 26, 7:30 PM, Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 7:30 PM, Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, MI

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00 PM, Varner Recital Hall, Oakland University, 371 Varner Drive, Rochester Hills, MI

Antonio Meneses, cello and Paul Galbraith, guitar

Haydn/Arr. Galbraith: Keyboard Sonata in C-sharp minor, Hob XVI:36, Moderato

Keyboard Sonata in E major, Hob XVI:31, Finale: Presto

Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D. 821, "Arpeggione"

Clóvis Pereira: Three Dances from Suite Macambira for solo cello

Radamés Gnattali: Sonata for Cello and Guitar

André Mehmari: Brazilian Suite No. 2

Tickets: $45 for premium seats, $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for youth/students, available at or 313-335-3300

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