At the beginning of this week, Paul Ellison, Music Director at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, announced a change in programming for this month’s installment in the Third Sunday Concerts series. Guitarist Ryder Fitzpatrick has been replaced by another guitarist, Cristóbal Selame Zarzar. Zarzar has prepared a program that combines the Europe of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the South America of the twentieth. The oldest work on the program will be a transcription of the BWV 1003 solo violin sonata in A minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, noted particularly for the ambitious fugue of its second movement. From the nineteenth century, Zarzar will play the Opus 65 set of three pieces by the Hungarian composer Johann Kaspar Mertz and two of the Opus 20 set of 36 caprices for guitar by Luigi Legnani, probably inspired by the Opus 1 caprices for solo violin by his fellow Italian, Niccolò Paganini.
On this side of the pond, Zarzar will open his program with “Gente Humilde” (humble people). This is probably the best known composition by the Brazilian Anibal Augusto Sardinha, known as Garôto (the kid). Garôto had lapsed into obscurity after his death in 1955; but Chico Buraque revived his reputation when he recorded “Gente Humilde” about ten years after Garôto’s death. Zarzar will also play one of the over 300 guitar pieces composed by the Paraguayan guitarist Agustín Barrios, “Contemplación.”
This concert will take place this coming Sunday, October 16, at the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, located at 261 Fell Street, between Franklin Street and Gough Street. The entry is diagonally across the street from the SFJAZZ Center. The performance will start at 4 p.m., and there is a suggested donation of $20.