Abendmusik, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 2012-2013 season with a concert on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm featuring Brett Grigsby and Darren O’Neill, Classical Guitarists, in a concert entitled “Guitarras Españolas” (Spanish Guitars). There is a suggested donation of $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for senior citizens. Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by telephoning the church office 973-538-2132. Students with ID are admitted Free. The concert will be presented at MorristownUnitedMethodistChurch, 50 Park Place(on the Green), Morristown, NJ. Our facilities are handicapped accessible. There will be a reception following the concert. Please visit our website for more information: www.morristownumc.com.
Classical Guitarist Brett Grigsby is currently concertizing both as a soloist, and as part of his quartet, The Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet. Brett currently runs the guitar department at Skidmore College. Brett has participated as a solo recitalist in the Concert Series at the 92nd Street Y, St Patrick’s Cathedral, an all-Bach program at Steinway Hall, and the esteemed concert series at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City. Brett has performed at the International Festival Domain Forget, where he was heard in conjunction with the National Jazz Ballet Company of Montreal. Brett received his Masters in Guitar Performance from The Mannes College of Music in New York City. During that period Brett studied with Peter Segal, Pat O’Brien, Michael Newman, Ben Verdery, and Patrick Roux. Brett has performed in Master Class settings for some of the world’s leading guitar figures such as Roberto Aussel, Hubbert Kappel, Andrew York, Bruce Holzman, Nigel North and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Brett is a dedicated instructor also having held faculty positions at Lehigh University, The College of St. Elizabeth and Kean University. Upcoming recital dates at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose, the Sandisfield Arts Center, Ladd Concert Hall at Skidmore College, and the Taylor Concert Hall in Albany, NY.
Darren O’Neill is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University and serves as the Guitar Program Coordinator in the John J. Cali School of Music. He is also the Department Head of Music & Media Services at the Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ. Mr. O’Neill earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT and his Master of Arts degree in Music from Montclair State University. Both degrees centered about guitar performance. He earned his Master of Library Service degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. As a member of Trio Brioso (flute, viola, and guitar) he gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 1997 as the result of winning the Artists International New York Debut Competition that same year. As a member of the Nova Segno Duo (with Dennis Cinelli), he has performed and recorded on antique instruments from the historic collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was featured in the 2011 exhibition, Guitar Heroes! He has also spent significant time editing and proofreading the re-engraving of works by Fernando Sor (1778-1839) under the supervision of Dr. Brian Jeffery, Tecla Publications. His career as a librarian has seen him working in the Music Research Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. He is an honorary member of both Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (music) and Alpha Psi Omega (theatre).
Funding has been made possible in part by funds from MorrisArts (formerly the Arts Council of the Morris Area) through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. For further information: 973-538-2132 or www.morristownumc.com