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Bulgarian guitarist featured at Incline’s St. Patrick’s Church

Antoniy Kakamakov joins the Sierra Nevada Guitar Society Sunday at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church on Sunday in Incline Village.

Looking for a way to enrich this holiday season without consuming unwanted calories?

Head to Incline Village’s St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Sunday, Dec. 4 for a glorious offering of traditional, Baroque and multi-national seasonal music.

Offered by four Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Society musicians, Antoniy Kakamakov, Ana Helwing, Chris Hauge and Larry Aynesmith will share their talent as gifts to the Lake Tahoe Basin community.

From San Francisco Kakamakov is the featured artist. A native of Bulgaria, his love affair with the guitar began young at age 10, and it has taken him around the world.

Winning competitions throughout Eastern Europe Kakamakov’s path brought him to California and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he earned his under graduate and master’s degrees and launched a professional career.

His solo concert pieces artfully combine the past and present.

Finger-pluced strings will release the haunting eloquence of “Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998” by J.S. Bach as the “Hungarian Fantasy” of Johann Kaspar Mertz is music with an infusion of Magyarian magic.

Sergio Assad’s Aquarelle holds a personal connection as the esteemed composer and guitarist served as Karamazov’s teacher at SFCM.

Helwing is well-known for her multiple appearances with several Lake Tahoe musical groups like Toccata.

Accompanied by SNCGS’s director and founder Aynesmith, her soprano singing and Aynesmith’s guitar playing will be a study in serene simplicity for “Awake, Sweet Love,” written by Englishman John Dowland during the Renaissance.

Two of her three selections are sung in languages foreign to the Polish-born teacher of voice and piano at South Lake Tahoe Community College.

“El Noy de la Mare” is a traditional Catalan carol. In English it translates to “The Mother’s Child.” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras” are sung in Brazilian Portuguese.

“I don’t need to speak the language to sing in it,” said Helwing. “I just need to know the text.”

Familiar Christmas music will come from the combined skills of Hague and Aynesmith with their duet of “Joy to the World,” “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Veni, Veni Emmanuel.”

Each musician’s solo also highlights their dedication to craft. Aynesmith will play the intimate “By Candlelight” by modern day composer Andrew York while Hauge turns to the clean, melodic and passionate Baroque music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his “Fugue, BWV 1001.”

The concert is free to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.

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