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Church of the Advent to host music from the ‘golden era’ of the guitar

Portrait by an unknown artist of Johann Kaspar Mertz, best known for his "bardic" song settings
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Next week the Church of the Advent of Christ the King will host a recital entitled Music of the 19th Century: The Golden Era of the Guitar. Guitarist Kyle Sampson, currently a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, will perform on a period instrument. One of the selections will be a set of six ariettas, the Opus 95 of the nineteenth-century master guitarist Mauro Giuliani. For this piece Sampson will perform with mezzo Danielle Reutter-Harrah. The other composers to be included on the program will be Anton Diabelli (the first of his Opus 29 sonatas, this one in F major), Johann Kasper Mertz with a selection from his Opus 13 Bardenklänge (bardic sounds), Dionisio Aguado (an adagio and polonaise, Opus 2, Number 1), and Giulio Regondi’s Opus 19, which he called “Reverie-Nocturne.”

This concert will take place on Wednesday, May 21, beginning at 5 p.m. The Church of the Advent of Christ the King is located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street, and has a parking lot adjacent to the church. Admission will be free and open to the general public, but a donation is encouraged.