Clarinetist Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco Guzmán to Perform with String Quartet
Drawing Room Concert Includes Wine & Cheese Reception in the MSV Glen Burnie House
Winchester, VA 11/29/17…Music by South American composers performed by Latin Grammy-nominated Colombian clarinetist Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco Guzmán, a wine-and-cheese reception, and special evening access to the Glen Burnie House and surrounding seven-acre gardens will highlight the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) Glen Burnie Salon Series concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.
For the concert, the Glen Burnie House and Gardens will open at 6 p.m., wine and cheese will be served in the house, and attendees may explore the property at their leisure. The performance will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Glen Burnie House drawing room.
Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco Guzmán will be accompanied by a string quartet during his MSV performance. Saturday’s concert will treat attendees to music written by South American composers, including Miguel del Águila (Uruguay), Joaquín Gutiérrez Heras (Mexico), Jorge Humberto Pinzón (Colombia), and Astor Piazzolla (Argentina).
One of South America’s most recognized clarinetists, Colombian Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco Guzmán has recorded ten CDs with more than 80 works by Latin American composers. "Vinasco is a virtuoso in every sense of the word, but it is a discreet virtuosity that is always at the service of music," wrote the North American magazine The Clarinet in 2008, about the album Astor Piazzolla / Heitor Villa-Lobos, for which he was nominated, along with the Mexican pianist Edith Ruiz, for the Latin Grammy awards.
Vinasco holds a PhD in Music from National Autonomous University of Mexico and he has worked with highly regarded composers, such as Diego Vega, Andrés Posada, Francisco Zumaqué, Gabriela Ortiz, Mario Lavista and Manuel De Elías. Javier Asdrúbal Vinasco Guzmán has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, the National Symphony of Colombia, the Philharmonic of Bogotá, the Philharmonic of Medellín, and as the guest principal clarinet of the City of London Sinfonia, and the Symphony of the State of Mexico. He has been invited to perform concerts, master classes or to be a judge of competitions in Japan, the United States, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Along with performing internationally, Vinasco is a professor in the music department at EAFIT University, Medellín, Colombia, where he teaches clarinet and chamber music.
Tickets to Saturday’s performance—which include the concert, the wine-and-cheese reception, and admission to the house and gardens—are $20 per person for MSV Members and SU faculty. Tickets for full-time students are $10. For all others, tickets are $30. Seating is limited; those interested in attending must purchase tickets in advance by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240, or visiting www.theMSV.org.
The Glen Burnie Salon Series is organized by the MSV in partnership with Shenandoah University. The 2017 Salon Series is sponsored by AirPac.
A regional cultural center, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV complex—which includes the Glen Burnie House, seven acres of gardens, and galleries (not open during the salon concerts)—is open Tuesday through Sunday. Additional information is available at www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235. –END–
About the Glen Burnie House and Gardens:
The Glen Burnie House sits on land that Winchester-founder James Wood settled in 1735. Wood’s son Robert built the oldest portions of the house in 1793 and 1794. Descendant Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) became the house’s sole owner in the 1950s; with partner R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), he transformed the Glen Burnie House into a country retreat surrounded by acres of formal gardens featuring fountains, sculptures, and intimate garden rooms. After Glass’s death, the house and gardens opened to the public in 1997. The house underwent an extensive, three-year preservation and renovation project from 2011 to 2014 and reopened with a new visitor experience. Interpretive panels in the house show visitors archival images of people who have lived in Glen Burnie over the generations and a fully furnished miniature model of the Glen Burnie House provides visitors with an exacting look at how Glass and Taylor furnished the house as their private residence. Added to Glen Burnie in 1959, the drawing room features three crystal chandeliers and provides the perfect setting for the Glen Burnie Salon Series.