Concert Tickets

Marcus Tardelli

The Guitar Initiative of Houston presents 

Brazilian Virtuoso Marcus Tardelli, live in concert, on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $45 and all profits from this event will go to benefit guitar education in the Houston, Texas region.  (Mr. Tardelli will also be leading a "Brazilian Rhythms for Classical Guitar" workshop on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm at the same location.  Tickets for the workshop are $30 each).

Marcus Tardelli is one of the most remarkable guitarists to emerge from Brazil. From a very young age, he was deeply interested in music and drawn particularly to orchestral works. The guitar, however, was the only instrument available to him, so he developed ways to play the orchestral harmonies he loved, and ultimately created a new school of thought in guitar technique.

By age 16, Marcus had established a repertoire of nearly 100 pieces including the 12 studies by Villa Lobos, three concertos for guitar and orchestra, transcriptions of orchestral pieces, and several of his own arrangements of Brazilian music. He graduated from the National
Music School of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 1999. 

Turibio Santos invited him to close the 38th Villa Lobos Festival in 2000 with the Pró-Música Orchestra in Rio’s Cecilia Meirelles concert hall. From 2001 to 2005, he was soloist for the guitar quartet Maogani and during that period won three of the most important awards in Brazilian music: the Prêmio Caras de Música (2001), Prêmio Rival Br de Música (2004), and Prêmio Tim de Música Brasileira (2005).

In 2005, he returned to his first love – playing solo – and made his first solo recording, applying his unique approach to the compositions of Guinga, a composer who is among the greatest names in Brazilian music. Marcus wrote the arrangements, and Guinga produced the recording, providing the composer’s endorsement and stamp of authenticity. Brazil is the nation of the guitar, so it is noteworthy that Unha e Carne, Marcus Tardelli interpreta Guinga was recognized by critics from the newspaper Folha de São Paulo to be one of the five most important guitar recordings of all time.

He is now turning his artistic vision towards two new bodies of repertoire – MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) including works by Tom Jobim, Ernesto Nazareth, Vinicius de Moraes, and Baden Powell; and the classical composers who influenced popular music, including Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Scriabin, and Gershwin.

Guitar Initiative presents

Brazilian Guitar Virtuoso
Marcus Tardelli

Live in Concert
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Wine and appetizers at 7:00pm
Concert starts at 7:30pm
Tickets are $45

Brazilian Rhythms for Classical Guitar Workshop
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Workshop from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tickets are $30
(Bring your guitar!)

At a private home in the Heights neighborhood.  
(Address to be emailed to ticket-holders).
Seating is General Admission.

Guitar Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting guitar education in schools and in the community.

This concert is a benefit concert to raise money for the Summer Guitar Conservatory classical guitar camp for June 2019.  This guitar camp is free for students and is based on ensemble rehearsal and performance.  Please consider a generous donation to sponsor one or more students at this four-day intensive music camp.  For more information, go to: 

Tickets are available for this event.

To purchase your tickets now, please click the "Donate" button below and donate $45 for each CONCERT ticket (9/27) you would like to purchase and/or $30 for each WORKSHOP ticket (9/26) you would like to purchase.

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Thank you for enjoying the guitar and supporting local guitar education!

We'll see you at the show,
Kindest regards,
-- Edward Grigassy
Co-founder, Guitar Initiative