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Saturday 25 April 2015

American Keys & Spanish Strings: Music for Guitar & Piano

Apr 25th 7:30pm

Coaster Theatre Playhouse



WHEN: April 25, 2015

TIME: 7:30pm
TICKETS: $15 or $20
Order tickets by phone at 503-436-1242 or online here.


Spanish guitar meets modern American piano. New meets old.  Classical meets jazz. From Claude Bolling to Antonio Lauro, Gershwin to Manuel de Falla (and many others thrown in), the eclectic Goldsmith/Rizzo guitar and piano duo continues its two-woman mission to create unforgettable encounters with genre-transcending music for fun-loving listeners.

The Goldsmith/Rizzo Duo is comprised of guitarist Pamela Goldsmith and pianist Rhonda Rizzo. They perform a mixture of classical and new music and have appeared together on the Umpqua Community College Concert Series, Linfield College, The Old Church, Water Music Festival, Montinore Estate Vineyards, and more.  Their joint recording of “Suite for Piano and Guitar” by Oregon composer Jason Heald appears on two CD’s:  A Spin on It, and Collage.

Pamela Goldsmith is active in the Pacific Northwest as both a solo classical guitarist and collaborative performer. As an educator, she is adjunct guitar professor for Linfield College and maintains a private studio in Portland.  A native of New England, Pamela won first place in the Downeast Classical Guitar Competition in 1991. She has performed at such venues as Harvard University, the INPC International Pinot Noir Celebration, and actively supports charitable causes such as the Spruce Run for Battered Women (Portland, ME), WIAR Women’s Inter-community AIDS Resource, and the Dougy Center (Portland, OR) with benefit concerts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar studies from the University of Maine and a Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance from Portland State University.

Rhonda (Ringering) Rizzo has crafted a career as a pianist and a writer. She has released four CDs and is an active solo and collaborative performer for venues as diverse as Central Oregon Symphony, Oregon Chamber Players, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Pacific University Orchestra, “Friends of Music” Series (Brookings), Aladdin Theatre, Coaster Theatre, Wilf’s and the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, Bloedel Reserve, Newport Performing Arts Center, and Skamania Performing Arts Series.  Her articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Piano & Keyboard, Flute Talk, Clavier, and Keyboard Companion. Her article, “Keeping the Beat: How to Teach Classical Piano Students to Play with a Jazz Band” won American Music Teacher’s article of the year for 2009. She holds a BA from Walla Walla University and a MM from Boston University.

The Goldsmith/Rizzo Duo is dedicated to bringing great music to everyone and to “unstuffing” classical music.

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