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The Arabesque Trio
Greg Dinger – guitar • Barbara Rizek-McGuckin – flute • Glenn West – bassoon

The Arabesque Trio presents great music of classical master composers — Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and many more — and more recent popular music songwriters in exquisite performances characterized by precision, expressiveness and tonal beauty.

The Arabesque Trio is a unique chamber music ensemble which has been delighting listeners with its superior musicianship and distinctive programming for over twenty years.  The addition of bassoon to the popular combination of flute and guitar produces a new and special balance in sound, with an unusually rich and pleasing timbrel blend.  Critics have praised the “musicianship, virtuosity and voicing of each player…in what just might become the next traditional ‘classic’ combo.  A musically fastidious performance.”  K. Montgomery/Kingston Freeman  “…A wide and varied dynamic range, virtuosity and musical expressiveness. …Arrangements display intelligent, musical decisions… The individuals blend into a single organism. They are three terrific instrumentalists.”  H. Vogel/Woodstock Times.

The Trio’s three instruments combine to give voice to great music, in imaginative arrangements by guitarist Gregory Dinger that deftly exploit the individual and group capabilities of this unique instrumentation.  The Arabesque Trio’s repertoire ranges from arrangements of solo keyboard pieces to full orchestral scores, including audience favorites like Pachelbel’s Canon, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Debussy’s Reverie, de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances.

The Arabesque Trio also performs chamber music for guitar & other instruments by composers from the early 19th century, including trios by Kreutzer, Molino & de Fossa, and Matiegka’s setting of Beethoven’s Serenade, Op. 8; and an arrangement of the complete Musica Ricercata by the acclaimed contemporary Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.  And the Trio plays a wide range of “crossover” music:  ragtime by Scott Joplin, jazz-based pieces & songs by George Gershwin, Fats Waller and Dave Brubeck, American folk music like Shenandoah and Simple Gifts, songs from such movies as “The Wizard of Oz,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Romeo & Juliet,” many Beatles songs, and a diverse range of pop-rock music made famous by Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Yes, and The Romantics.

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