San Francisco Examiner, April 24, 2016

Monday, 25 April 2016

Last night we “Amadeus Guitar Duo” performed in San Francisco and it was a lovely night and we received a nice review.  Here is an excerpt of the review about my new composition called “Impressions”

More interesting, however, was Kavanagh’s solo performance of her recently-completed Impressions, a short suite of two movements, each honoring a major figure from her knowledge of past guitar repertoire. The first of these was the English composer Malcolm Arnold. (As a personal aside, I should note that I was first exposed to Arnold’s guitar concerto while working at the campus radio station at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and I came to know this concerto well before my first encounter with Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”) The second was the Paraguayan guitarist and composer Agustín Barrios. This was highly personal music well served by the Kavanagh’s focused execution.

Stephen Smoliar

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