Kai Tippawong / Equinox Staff

Kai Tippawong

Equinox Staff

On Sunday Sept. 23, a Keene State College professor performed in a guitar ensemble.

Professor Jose Lezcano, a twice grammy-nominated Cuban American guitarist, composer, and folklorist at Keene State College performed along others this past Sunday at the Redfern Arts Center for his “Skipping the Light Fandango” concert. Jose Lezcano and Friends performed a classical guitar show with Lezcano playing the guitar, Jennifer Elowtich playing violin, Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova playing piano, and Karla Ortego a Ecuadoren flutist playing the flute, along with many others. The concert consisted of many different performances, one including a dancer.

Joshua Long, a professor of concert band at Keene State College, was an attendee at the concert. Long along with his wife Becky Long, attended to support his fellow faculty member performing in the concert. Not only was Long supporting Lezcano but he had also never been to a classical guitar show before so he thought it would be nice to attend. “I thought it was phenomenal. I thought it was a great performance.”

According to Long, Lezcano grows some of his fingernails out in order to use them as picks for when playing guitar which is not common.

Long said he highly enjoyed the show as the songs played reminded him of “renaissance music” and new age music. Long stated the songs were “soothing and romantic.” Long was also satisfied with the variety and combination of the performance and took inspiration from it.

Overall Long enjoyed the sounds of the instruments played and stated that the concert was phenomenal. “I really enjoyed the sounds he had.” 

Long’s wife, Becky, also attended the concert to enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon with her husband.  Becky stated that she has been to many different performances with her husband and thought this one specifically was unique, especially the dancer that performed alongside Jose Lezcano and Friends as they played.

Emily Roll, who is a first year at Keene State College, and is studying Music Education also attended the show. Roll attended the concert because a former teacher she had attended, therefore sparking her curiosity and resulted in her enjoying the concert very much.

Lezcano was not available for an interview.

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