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Dr. Cesarczyk enchants classical musicians

Apr 28 (Agencies)
Published on 29 Apr. 2015 12:56 AM IST
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The six-day classical workshop jointly organized by Indian Guitar Federation (IGF) and Nagaland Classical Guitar Society (NCGS) drew down its curtains with a serene concert at the famous Bundrock Memorial Auditorium, Patkai Christian College Chumukedima, Tuesday 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Paul Cesarczyk who was the resource person during the workshop presented a number of memorable classical guitar pieces some of which were centuries old but still as pleasant as ever.
With his accentuated dynamics and emotion packed performance Dr. Cesarczyk teleported the few hundred audiences to a world of musical beauty and blissfulness.
Well disciplined in his speciality, the soft spoken guitar teacher bowed to the thunderous applauses after each nicely placed piece.
His dedication and love for the job was hugely reflected by the quite poise and connection he made with the audience once his fingers started translating the notes into melodious sceneries.
His solo pieces included Guardame Las Vacas by Narvaez, Variations by Maurio Guiliani, Prelude no 1 and Etude no 11 by Villa Lobos and 3 pieces by Leo Brouwer. 
Workshop participants including Joey Woch played Balet by Handel and Granadina to which Dr. Cesarczyk conducted.
After which Dr. Cesarczyk, who earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, played the most famous classical piece Spanish Romance and the song Yesterday by the Beatles on special request by the audience.
In a post concert chat Dr. Cesarczyk, who will be heading back to Bangkok to be with his family described his short stay here in Dimapur as terrific and very nice.
He was all praises for his hosts at Hope Centre for Excellence (HCE) and said he had learnt a lot about Naga culture during his stay.
A recipient of several prestigious awards including the Andres Segovia Award, the Aaron Copland prize from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Artists International Award, a Kosciuszko Foundation Prize, and an Artistic Excellence Award from the New York State Senate Dr. Cesarczyk said he felt opportune to have been invited and was pleased at how perfectly the event was organised.
Describing Nagas as naturally gifted musicians he expressed hope that the music scene would grow with well prepared, knowledgeable and committed guitar teachers like Joey Woch, whom he said he had met for the first time through the workshop.
Besides making new valuable friendships, Dr. Cesarczyk said he was heading home with strong reminiscences of the warmth and hospitality of the people, delicious Naga cuisines, smile plenty people along with fond memories of highly versatile and responsive students.
Looking forward to more visits in the years to come, the soft spoken guitar professor hoped that he would love to return to see the progress of both his students and Naga musicians.
He also thanked IGF president Avik Saha, NCGS president Joey Woch, HCE director Zubeno Mozhui and his students for the wonderful time he had here.
Director of Music, Patkai Christian College, Margaret Shishak who also witnessed the concert said she had a lovely time and that the performers were of high technical level and that the show was perfect.
An ardent lover and performer of classical music herself, Margaret said the genre was on an ascending trend which was greatly assisted by the efforts of Hope Centre for Excellence.
Aneila Seyie Keretsü

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