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The Oracle published an interview in the September issue. Thank you to Kirsty! Bedfordshire on Sunday articles, published Sunday, June 8, 2016, Sunday, 19 July 2015, and on January 2016. Pictures taken by Richard Marsham and Mark Rutledge.  Warrington Gaurdian, written by David Morgan was published in November 2015 (photo by Mark Rutledge). South Warrington News was published in November 2015 and the photo was by Robert Nejako.

Classical Guitar Alive Radio Programme

A very big thank you to Tony Morris for adding me to his featured recordings on his show Classical Guitar Alive. He featured Manuel Ponce "Sonata III" from my CD Ex Tenebris Lux. First on the programme is Nigel North, Baroque Lute (Linn Records 006), then Zuill Bailey, cellist with David Leisner, guitar (Azica 71306), third on the programme is Arnold's "Serenade, Op. 50" with John Williams on guitar and the English Camber Orchestra, Charles Groves, conductor (Sony 3389356) and lastly is my recording of the Ponce (Soundset Recordings 702391010360).

To listen to the entire show, please go here: Classical Guitar Alive (my part is 40 minutes in)

2016 Houston Public Radio

Houston Public Media, Houston, TX:

Thank you to Houston Public Radio for the interview regarding the 12th Edition of the Annual "Classical Minds" Competition and Festival. They played bits of the interview throughout the week of the festival and featured my arrangement of "Eleanor Rigby" by McCartney-Lennon.

Click here to listen in: Houston Public Radio

A very big and lovely surprise! My recording, Ex Tenebris Lux, was one of the featured recordings for Houston Public Radio's preview of the Houston Music Highlights airing on Houston Public Media Classical. My CD was recorded in the Geary Studio. A very big thank you to the station for featuring Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Classical Classroom

March Classical Classroom: 
Classical Classroom, Episode 79: The Women Of Classical Guitar With Valerie Hartzell, celebrating Women's History Month! Recorded at Houston Public Broadcasting station with audio production by Todd Hulslander, editing by Mark DiClaudio and host/producer Dacia Clay. For the podcast, to hear the show, click HERE

Having fun with host of the show, Dacia Clay. Having a bit of fun after a long and arduous interview (just kidding!)

Having fun with host of the show, Dacia Clay. Having a bit of fun after a long and arduous interview (just kidding!)

February 2015

91.7FM, Houston Public Media interview & performance with host St. John Flynn on February 6, 2015 in promotion of the two Grand Legacy Studio Recitals in Meyerland, TX.

Click HERE to listen to the show

BBC Three Counties Radio

BBC Three Counties Radio, Nick Coffer Show-live interview & performances on February 19, 2015 in promotion of the UK debut concert held at St. Cuthbert's Hall in Bedford, England.

BBC Three Counties Radio, Nick Coffer Show-live interview & performances on February 19, 2015 in promotion of the UK debut concert held at St. Cuthbert's Hall in Bedford, England.

July, 2015
Hilarious interview with comedian Iain Lee with his producer Katherine Boyle (her daughter visited). I also performed my arrangement of Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles and a snippet of my arrangement of Leyenda by Albeniz.

July, 2015 Hilarious interview with comedian Iain Lee with his producer Katherine Boyle (her daughter visited). I also performed my arrangement of Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles and a snippet of my arrangement of Leyenda by Albeniz.

June 10, 2015: Fox26 News









June 10, 2014, was featured on both the 7 a.m and 8 a.m. on  Houston Fox26 News with performance teasers a featured interview and a short performance
Short clip: FOX26 NEWS LIVE

 

June 9th and 10th, 2014: KUHA and Classical Classroom

In June 2014, 91.7FM, KUHA (Houston) invited me to do a Classical Classroom show with host Dacia Clay. Note: the Vihuela is 15th/16th C, not 1700s, hopefully most of the facts are correct. This is a conversation type show, not planned. It was an honor to be their 50th show! Enjoy!
You can click HERE and listen to the show.

That same month I had the opportunity to play for KUHA's St. John Flynn on June 10th, 2014 in promotion of the 11th Classical Minds Festival and Competition, part of the Texas Music Festival, at University of Houston. We discuss the festival, upcoming concerts at the festival and I perform 'Maria' by Tarrega and 'Oracion por Todos' by Barrios. Thank you to St. John Flynn and to KUHA
Click HERE to listen to the show

March 6, 2014: NPR, Kenai, AK

Shaylon Cochran from KDLL




Here is the link to hear my recent interview and live performance on KDLL, 91.9FM in Kenai, Alaska: http://www.kdll.org/no-miracles-no-freebird-just-hard-work/

 

June 2013: The Front Row

June 11, 2013
Here is a performance of a brand-new work by composer Andy Mitchell called 'Anthemusa.' Andy Mitchell gave a lecture on our opening day, June 11th and I premiered this piece. In this interview we talk about Andy, the festival, the competition, and his brand new piece.

May 2013: The Front Row



Friday, May 17th at noon, on the Front Row, Bob Stevenson, the producer, interviewed me regarding the May 19th Classical Minds Fundraiser.  There is a LIVE performance of Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos and an interview. 91.7FM, KUHA and on line, listen in anytime www.thefrontrow.org

Anchorage Daily News

The Anchorage Daily News did a front  page feature of the Entertainment Section in March, 2013. To read the article written by Mike Dunham click on the link: ARTICLE

August 6th: The Front Row


Houston's classical station, 91.7FM, KUHA, invited me to join them in the studio to perform some of the selections that appear on my new CD Ex Tenebris Lux – Out of Darkness … Into Light. Live, I performed for the first time on the radio, Ex Tenebris and from my CD, they played Barrios’ Julia Florida.
To listen click HERE


Myself and my CD producer/engineer, Classical 91.7's Todd Hulslander, in the recording studio.
 

June 15: Front Row

June 15, 2012: 91.7FM, KUHA
Studio performance by four of the faculty-artists from the Ninth Annual “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at the Moores School of Music. We played pieces that sample the repertoire of the recitals we gave at University of Houston. Presti (Olga Amelkina-Vera, Valerie Hartzell, Lynn McGrath) is one of the featured performers.
Click HERE to listen to the performance and interview.

May 4th: The Front Row

May 4th on 91.7FM (KUHA), was a show to help promote the 9th 'Classical Minds' Festival and Competition. I performed the "Gran Tremolo" by Barrios. Click on this link to listen to the show: FRONT ROW

April 13: The Front Row

April 13, 2012:
Host St. John Flynn and I chat about the solo recital I gave at the Rothko Chapel as part of the Fourth Annual Menil Community Arts Festival, hosted by the Menil Collection and its neighboring Museum District arts organizations on 91.7FM (KUHA).
Click HERE to listen to the interview and performance which starts at 1:28

August 11th: The Front Row

91.7Fm invited me to perform selections from my then new album, Ex Tenebris ... Lux (Out of the Darkness ... Into the Light), previewing my CD Release Concert which was Saturday, August 13th, 2011 at Dowling Music.
The interview was done by Chris Johnson in the Geary Performance Studio. Click HERE to hear the show.

June 16: Front Row

June 16, 2011 on 91.7FM (KUHA)
Guitarists Randall Avers and Presti, who are serving as faculty at this week’s “Classical Minds” Guitar Institute at the Moores School of Music, perform for us on the Front Row. They preview the recital they gave at the University of Houston.
Click HERE to listen to Presti (12:58 begins the interview and performance)

June 9: The Front Row

June 9, 2011 on 91.7FM (KUHA)
Divergence Vocal Theater’s Artistic Director, soprano Misha Penton and singers, Alison Greene and Michael Walsh, plus pianist Kyle Evans and guitarist Valerie Hartzell perform on the "Front Row." The program is Evening Star: Beauty Bringer, an intimate recital of reflective summer songs.
To listen, click HERE, I perform with soprano Alison Greene (starts at 16:27)

June 15: The Front Row

June 15, 2010: 88.7FM (KUHF)
Guitarists Anthony Glise and myself perform in the studio, previewing the first concerts at the 2010 Classical Minds Guitar Institute Institute.
KUHF's Morning Show & Pulling String host, Elaine Kennedy, sits down in the Geary Performance Studio with two guitarists: Valerie Hartzell, Founder & Director of the Classical Minds Guitar Institute, and Anthony Glise, Faculty Artist. The Classical Minds Guitar Institute ran June 15 - 20 as part of the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston.
To listen to Glise and I perform and talk, click HERE

May 6: The Front Row

May 6, 2010: 88.7FM (KUHF)
KUHF’s Chris Johnson hosts a studio session with Houston guitarist, Valerie Hartzell, founder and director of the “Classical Minds” Guitar Festival and Competition, which is presented each summer in association with the Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Ms. Hartzell and Austin-based classical guitarist, Jonathan Dotson, present a charity concert, in Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.
Click HERE to listen to both Jonathan Dotson and myself

December 4: Front Row

December 4, 2009 on the Front Row, 88.7FM (KUHF)
Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music presented the first annual Katy Guitar Fest December 4-6, 2009. The Festival’s two stages, featured some of the region’s top guitarists, including jazz guitarist, Mike Wheeler (pictured on right with myself and "Front Row" producer, Bob Stevenson), Affiliate Artist of the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and Valerie Hartzell, founder and director of both the Greater Houston Guitar Guild and the annual “Classical Minds” summer guitar festival at the University of Houston. Wheeler and I previewed our performances in the Geary Performance Studio in a session hosted by Bob Stevenson.
To listen click HERE

May 31: Front Row

Thursday, May 31, 2007 on 88.7FM (KUHF) with host Dean Dalton
Soprano Sandra Johnson and myself make up the group known as Duo Athena. We perform on a series of concerts presented by the Classical Minds Guitar Festival. Here is a preview from KUHF's Performance Studio.
Click HERE to listen

May 2005 Front Row

A blast from the past! I found this mp3 of Sandra Johnson and I (Duo Athena) performing songs by Musgrave on NPR's "The Front Row." With us on the show is the Kithara Duo (my long time friends Fernand Vera & Olga Amelkina-Vera).  The show was to help promote the concerts at the 'Classical Minds' Festival which was in our 3rd year. So, the date should be 2005.

Duo Athena & Kithara Duo