Canterbury Concerts at St. John's Episcopal Church, 183 North Main Street, Canandaigua, N.Y., presents Petar Kodzas, guitar, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.
Kodzas has performed throughout Europe and the United States. Locally, he has been heard at the Ithaca Winter Guitar Festival, Buffalo Guitar Society, Cornell University, the Chautauqua Chamber Music Society and the Elmira Symphony. Most recently he participated in the Guitar Art Festival (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), the Alexandria Guitar Fest (Alexandria, Va.) and the Eastman Guitar Fest (Rochester, N.Y.).
He is a graduate of the University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) and Ithaca College (Ithaca, N.Y.), and has received the title Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music.
Kodzas has participated in a number of international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America Guitar Competition, and the distinguished Walter W. Naumburg Competition in New York City. He is the prizewinner of the Orpheus Competition (Belgrade, Yugoslavia).
His repertoire spans centuries and styles. Fascinated by the beauty of various musical epochs, his programs are often focused on one theme viewed in the light of different composers. This program is one which Dr. Kodzas recently presented in six concerts in New York State, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Entitled “Between Two Worlds – Folk Meets Classical,” the program will include music of J.S. Bach (transcribed by Dr, Kodzas), Joaquin Rodrigo, John Duarte, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bela Bartok (transcribed by Dr. Kodzas), and Johann Kaspar Mertz, as well as Dr. Kodzas’ own arrangement of Serbian Folk Songs.
Formerly a faculty member at Ithaca College, Hochstein Music School and Nazareth College, Dr. Kodzas has been a faculty member of the Eastman School of Music since 1998.
The Feb. 28 program includes:
Suite BWV 1007 by J. S. Back (transcribed by P. Kodzas)
Tres Piezas Españolas by Joaquín Rodrigo
English Suite by John Duarte
Tarantella by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok (transcribed by P. Kodzas)
Serbian Folk Songs arranged by Petar Kodzas
Fantasie Hongroise by Johann Kaspar Mertz
The concert is open to the public. There is a suggested donation at the door of $5. For further information please contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.