SGS welcomes Adriana Ratsch-Rivera to the Clara for a concert performance including the inspiring pieces and their stories.
Where: Saturday 3/23/24 at the Clara Auditorium 3pm to 4:15pm performance
“Inspiring Guitar Pieces and their Stories” is a captivating program that delves into the rich and timeless compositions of four influential guitar maestros: J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. This musical journey not only showcases notable guitar pieces of these masters but also unveils the fascinating stories and inspirations behind each piece.
Adriana Rätsch-Rivera, born and raised in Berlin, Germany, had a strong interest in music from an early age and gravitated toward the guitar in her early teens. At first, she was mostly self-taught but in her late teens she studied with Dimitry Nikitos from Athens in Stuttgart for two years before she moved to the United States. She became a music major at the University of Hawaii with a guitar music scholarship and studied with Charles Michael Brotman and Dr. Byron Yasui. Encouraged by her guitar professors, she participated in Masterclasses with the Classical Guitar Society of Hawaii and played for some respected guitarists: George Sakellariou, Ricardo Iznaola, Jeffrey Van and the late Carlos Barbosa-Lima. After her graduation, she performed for Art Exhibitions at Honolulu City Hall (Honolulu Hale), The Art Loft and Dance Performances at the University Theatre, Fiesta Latina and Jones-Ludin Dance Center. After she graduated, she moved to California and went to California State University, Hayward (now East Bay) where she concentrated in Music History and Literature and won several awards for her research on Ludwig van Beethoven. Among her personal performing highlights, she counts the performance of the Vivaldi Concerto in D, KV 93 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston for three nights. In California she continued her performing engagements first at the Holiday Inn, Fairfield, and then at various Bay Area venues like the Geyser, Botanical Gardens, Art Galleries, Cafés, wineries and churches. She taught at Contra Costa College and more recently, she did a Master’s Recital at Napa Valley College where she was the director of guitar studies until 2020 when she retired and started to concentrate on teaching privately and performing.