by Simon W. Bouie
Last Saturday, the University of La Verne Music Department presented, “Michael Ryan: An Evening of Classical Guitar and Renaissance Songs.” The concert was held at the Dailey Theatre.
Ryan, who is a senior adjunct professor, has taught part time at La Verne since 1981. He played a selection of original pieces and covers from composers such as Bach.
“I chose pieces that were my personal favorites. Several of the pieces are on my new CD,” said Ryan whose newest CD is entitled “Romance.”
Two pieces in particular bought a round of rousing applause from the audience. The first was a piece that Ryan played just prior to the show’s intermission called “Leyenda,” which was described as “a cross between classical and flamenco guitar,” by Ryan. The other piece, that Ryan ended the show with, was “Malaguena.”
The pace and the rhythm of this piece was so accelerated, it is amazing that the artist did not require medical attention for bleeding hands after playing it. The audience showed its appreciation for Ryan’s effort with a loud ovation to which the artist graciously bowed and exited the stage. “I thought the performance went very well,” said Ryan.
“It’s nice to come out to events such as this that not only happen to be free, but are entertaining, culturally stimulating and enlightening all at the same time,” said Brian Tessier, 23, of Covina.
Tessier heard about the show from a friend who attends the University. The audience was one that covered many demographics; existing ULV students were in the audience, along with an older age group as well.
The Music Department has several events planned in the near future. Among them are performances by Quatraccelli, a cello quartet, on Friday, Nov. 13, in Founders Auditorium, and the ULV Jazz Band with Anthony Fesmire on Friday, Dec. 4.
For information on upcoming music events, call ext. 4917.