First 2019 Summer Concert Set for June 25The extraordinarily talented Beijing Guitar Duo Meng Su and Yameng Wang will perform at Glen Mar’s first 2019 summer concert on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the church. They are considered one of today’s most exciting guitar duos. The summer concerts are free and free child care will be provided for preschool children and younger. Refreshments will be served. Download the flyer.
Su and Wang were born and raised in in Qingdao, a city on the east coast of China, and began making a mark on the classical guitar world all across the globe early in life.
Born in 1988, Su had won a string of awards by the time she was 18 years old. These include the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany.
Wang, who was born in 1981, became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12. A year later she won second prize in the “Michele Pittaluga” International Classical Guitar Competition in Italy. At 14, Wang was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week and won second prize in La Infanta Dona Cristina International Guitar Competition in Spain.
The two met while studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Professor Chen Zhi, one of China’s leading guitar teachers.
They had begun solo careers when they began studying under Manuel Barrueco, the noted Cuban guitarist who teaches at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. They formed the Beijing Guitar Duo under his guidance in 2008, and continue to study under Barrueco in the Graduate Performer’s Diploma Program.
In 2010, the duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall. Together, they have performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded three CDs: Bach to Tan Dun, China West (with Manuel Barrueco) and Maracaipe – Guitar Duos and Solos by Gnattali & Assad. The title track of Maracaipe, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.
In 2015, Su won the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the world’s preeminent guitar competition.
“As a duo, Su and Wang play with consummate sensitivity, as if playing a single instrument,” according to a June 26, 2017 New York Concert Review article.
In a review by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society dated Jan. 28, 2014, “The Beijing Guitar Duo has a tone that is unswervingly tasteful and warm. Their attack is consistently clean and precise without a trace of any ‘nail noise.’ Likewise, they understand the proper use of vibrato on the instrument, never using it gratuitously, but consistently employing it to give necessary body to notes on the guitar.”
Second 2019 Summer Concert
Check back here for information about Glen Mar’s second summer concert.
Our Past Performances
Glen Mar started its Summer Concert Series in 2017, and plans to continue its tradition of holding two free concerts each year. This series offers a wide variety of quality musical experiences featuring nationally and internationally known artists.
Concert Summaries and Comments
"The Korean song touched my heart. I got tears." - Steve Rim
"I liked the ragtime and honky-tonk. It was a nice surprise to hear the Broadway (music)." - Mollie Kaufman
"I think everyone who came here really enjoyed it and is hungry for more." - Ron Stevens
"Performances were emotionally moving." – Heekyung Bae, a reviewer for The Korea Times
"They had great energy. I liked listening to old-time songs." - Joe Pagan
"You can tell they practice a lot together. They all hit the notes at the same time." - Andy Newton
"They were extraordinary musicians." - Linda Baker
"They had musicianship of the highest quality. Their repertoire had a lot of variety. The program had something for all ages and tastes." - David Lunt
Funding for these free concerts comes from sponsors, donations, and grants. We are very grateful to our 2018 sponsors, the Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home and Howard County Arts Council, and to an anonymous donor for a donation in honor and memory of charter members of Glen Mar.
Sponsor or Donate: If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2019 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at email@example.com.
In early 2017, Glen Mar Director of Music Dr. Sophie Hong formed a volunteer committee to help with the concert series. Committee members meet a few times a year to offer advice on prospective performers and other aspects of the concerts. Committee members acquire sponsors and donors, submit grants, publicize the events, and handle refreshments served during the concerts.
Members of this committee are Connie Ballenger (director of publicity), Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Estelle King, Fred Sadler (executive director), and Susan Straumanis. Additional volunteers help with ushering, greeting, child care, and technology.