FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
… JUST A FAST REMINDER…
• House Concerts
• German Guitarist, Samuel Klemke
(former Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar Festival &
Competition Prize winner)
• Co-sponsored by Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar
Festival and the St. Joseph Music Foundation.
Monday, March 9, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM
Classical guitarist, Samuel Klemke of Weimar,
Germany, will be giving two house concerts in St. Joseph on:
Monday, March 9, 7:00 PM,
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM.
The performances are free but a $10. donation is suggested. Due to
limited seating, reservations are required. House concert address and
information is available by contacting: Maria Windisch, (816) 279-0283.
Mr. Klemke is one of the many international guitarists who have
visited St. Joseph for Missouri Western’s, St. Joseph International
Guitar Festival and Competition, and in 2006, Klemke was awarded 2nd
prize in the St. Joseph Competition.
While somewhat rare in the US, “house concerts” became highly popular
musical and social events throughout Europe from the early
19th-Century, when concert
halls were used for orchestral performances
and the “drawing rooms” of musical patrons were for solo concerts.
House concerts remain today one of the most revered activities in
European artistic circles. A house concert offers the audience a
chance to hear professional international artists in a more personal
and casual setting.
Mr. Klemke is one of the many competitors from Missouri Western’s
International Guitar Festival who periodically returns to St. Joseph
during their US concert tours.
You can listen to a feature program of Mr. Klemke’s recordings on-line at:
every evening from 8:00 – 9:00 PM beginning
Friday, February 27 through
Tuesday, March 10
as well as Sundays, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.
Missouri Western’s St. Joseph International Guitar Festival &
Competition is one of the premiere international guitar festivals in
the US. Performers have come to St. Joseph for the festival from
Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland,
Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Poland,
Serbia, Uruguay and throughout the United States.
Past St. Joseph International Guitar Festival Competition winners:
1st Prize: Isaac Bustos (Nicaragua)
2nd Prize: Munhk-Orgil Turbold (Mongolia)
3rd Prize: Nenad Savic (Serbia)
1st Prize: Alieksey Vianna (Brazil)
092nd Prize: Marco Sator (Uruguay)
3rd Prize: Joseph Williams (US)
1st Prize: Alexandr Tsiboulski (Ukraine / Australia)
2nd Prize: Samuel Klemke (Germany)
3rd Prize: Robert Sharp (US)
1st Prize: Eduardo Minozzi Costa (Brazil)
2nd Prize: Austin Moorhead (US)
3rd Prize: Jonathan Dotson (US)
2008 (festival not produced).
2009 To be announced May 17, 2009.
Klemke alone conjured so wonderfully on six strings
that the listeners asked loudly for two encores.
He intoxicated his audience with his phenomenal playing!
— Lippische Landeszeitung Press (Germany)
Samuel T. Klemke was born in 1978, and began guitar studies with his
father at the age of 4, and even in early years, received considerable
attention via solo and duo performances and in competitions along side
his sister, Laura Klemke.
In 1999 Samuel began guitar studies at the University of Music Franz
Liszt in Weimar, Germany with Prof. Monika Rost. In 2003 he graduated
with highest marks and completed postgraduate studies with Prof.
Müller-Pering. He has also performed in the masterclasses of Pepe
Romero, David Russel and David Tanenbaum.
In 2004 he was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the German
state of Thuringia. In the course of this scholarship, he studied the
pieces of20contemporary composers, Toru Takemitsu and Hans Werner Henze.
Klemke has won many national and international competitions, including
the St. Joseph Guitar International Guitar Competition (2006), the
Stafford Classical Guitar Recital Competition and has performed in
countries as diverse as Martinique, Japan, the US and South America.
A highly versatile guitarist, Mr. Klemke’s interest extends from
historical through contemporary music and has released a solo CD and a
solo single CD. He also performs with his sister Laura in the Guitar
Duo Klemke and their first CD “Danza española” was released in 2005.
In this upcoming performance, Klemke will be performing the
contemporary work, Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten, a set of variations
that lead “backwards” to the final theme Come heavy sleep by John
Dowland. He will also be performing the great works Chaconne in d
minor by J.S. Bach and Introduction et Caprice by Giulio Regondi. He
will also be presenting works by the 19th-Century master, Fernando
Sor, the contemporary Italian composer, Carlo Domeniconi and others.