San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
From performing in London, New York, Frankfurt, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, classical guitarist Scott Kritzer celebrates fifty years of playing the guitar with a rare Portland appearance in a retrospective concert to benefit the Portland Guitar Society's Advani Fund.
The PGS established the fund in his memory in 1991 with the intent to help serious students of the guitar who have financial need to pursue their studies. Funds are available for lessons, master classes, sheet music or other expenses clearly related to guitar study.
Kritzer will perform a retrospective of his concert career for this benefit. Opening the program will be works featured on his upcoming all-baroque recording; three movements from a Sonata by baroque lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss. He will close the program with a set of works that opened his senior recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1980 from Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat. Also on the December 19 program are works reflecting Kritzer’s interest in working with vocalists, something he’s done nearly all his career. In between other works by Albeniz and Villa-Lobos, he will be performing his popular arrangement of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and a premiere of his new arrangement Der Leiermann by Franz Schubert. Kritzer will also play a few Christmas carols from his A Classical Guitar Christmas CD.
Guitarist Scott Kritzer has been actively touring for the past three decades across three continents, including performances in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, London, Bonn, Sapporo, Amsterdam and virtually every major American city in the United States. In 1986 Kritzer debuted in both New York's Carnegie Recital Hall and London's Wigmore Hall – all on one weekend. Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote of his Carnegie Recital Hall debut, “Kritzer created an inner life in his playing of Bach.” Colin Cooper wrote in Classical Guitar Magazine of Kritzer's London debut, “Kritzer plays in the best modern American mould; clean and accurate in technique with a wide timbre range and a musical sensitivity.” In 1996 Mr. Kritzer was chosen by then Senator Bob Packwood to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.