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Francisco Roldán, Classical Guitar
February 1 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome Francisco Roldán for solo guitar recital of music from Spain, Germany, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and Italy. This beautiful recital will range from from the sublime music of Bach, to great Spanish music first championed by Andrés Segovia, to the elegant Giuliani.
“(Mr. Roldán)…is an excellent musician, an exciting soloist and sensitive accompanist…” Soundboard Magazine
“Absolutely poetic and mesmerizing playing. A truly wonderful evening.” Claudia Dumschat, Organist and Choirmaster, Church of the Transfiguration, NYC
Guitarist Francisco Roldán (franciscoroldan.com) is a very active performer as a soloist as well as in chamber music, nationally and internationally. He has performed in Portugal, Greece, Russia, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Lithuania and Paraguay as well as throughout the U.S., including concerts at Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, for Lincoln Center’s Local Live Concerts and Artists Outreach Programs, Bargemusic, Wave Hill Gardens, CAMI Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mannes Guitar Festival, Symphony Space, Riverside Church (Christ Chapel) and the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society in New York, Harmony Hall in Maryland, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, ArtsQuest and MusikFest in Pennsylvania, for the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Puffin Gallery, the Colombian Consulates in New York and Boston, the Smithsonian Library, the Museum of the City of New York, Round Top Music Festival, the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, and at the Americas Society, as well as at various universities and libraries.
In addition, Mr. Roldan accompanied acclaimed flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja at the Repertorio Español theatre in NYC for 8 seasons. In 1999 he was invited to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in two publically and critically acclaimed performances with the Celebrate! orchestra under the direction of Laurine Fox. He has also played various concerti and has participated in numerous chamber music recitals with choruses, singers and instrumentalists.
Francisco Roldán’s first CD of solo music, Latin Guitar, in which he interprets the music of Barrios, Lauro, and which contains the world premiere recording of the Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy’s complete works for guitar, was released in 2003. In 2005 he released his second CD titled Almost All Bach, in which he performs the music of Bach and Scarlatti. His third, ZigZag, released in 2010, performed with his ZigZag Quartet, contains music of Boccherini, Bolling, Gnattali, Landestoy and Piazzolla, and can be heard at www.zigzagquartet.com. His recording with soprano Gretchen Farrar, Interweaving, was also released at the end of 2010. All are available at cdbaby.com, iTunes and Amazon. His duo, Instruments of the People, with percussionist Danny Mallon, released a debut recording in 2016.
Francisco Roldán has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music. He received annual scholarships and attained the Master’s Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. In the spring of 1993, he performed a New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, which launched his career as a soloist.
Francisco Roldán is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions, at Lehman College, City University of New York, and New Jersey City University. He is also a founding member of the ZigZag Quartet, Interweaving, Compass and Instruments of the People.
“Francisco Roldán played them (Ernesto Cordero’s detailed, constantly moving, rhythmically vital guitar parts) with enough energy to draw the ear, but not so much as to overwhelm the singers.” The New York Times
“Francisco Roldán interpreted the Aranjuez with a maximum display of technique and security…showing exquisiteness and dominion.” La Voz Hispana
“Mr. Roldán gave a performance of the Krenek Suite as good as I have ever heard…his Invocación y la danza was played with technical dominion…” Soundboard
“Mr. Roldán is a virtuoso and interprets the music with a magical tone…” Noticias del Mundo
“Mr. Roldán is clearly a virtuoso and an asset to the Colombian community…” Noticiero Colombiano e Hispano
The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.
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- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.
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