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John Rittmeyer

Guitar lovers rejoice! Classical 101's weekly series Fretworks with host John Rittmeyer is an hour-long program featuring the world of the classical guitar as a solo instrument or member of an ensemble, with an occasional lute or mandolin player.

The music ranges from old to new and includes the great repertoire from Spain and Latin America as well as melodic contemporary music from around the world. You'll hear recordings of the great guitarists along with recent releases from young masters.

We hope you'll give the show a listen and make it part of your routine. It's a great way to unwind on a Saturday evening.

Concerto by Mauro Giuliani and Mandolin Sonata on Fretworks

5, 2014

This Saturday on Fretworks, I’ll have the relatively rare Guitar Concerto No. 3 by early 19th century composer Mauro Giuliani.

Rodrigo’s Fantasy for a Gentleman on Fretworks

Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo
The Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo and Julian Lloyd Webber.
29, 2014

Joaquin Rodrigo wrote his Fantasia para un Gentilhombre for Andres Segovia in 1954, and apart from the Concierto de Aranjuez, is the most popular music featuring guitar that he composed. The Fantasy for a Gentleman is a suite for guitar and orchestra based on music of the 17th Century guitarist Gaspar Sanz.  Pepe Romero will be the [...]

Lutenist Christopher Wilke on Next Fretworks

15, 2014

Fretworks usually focuses on the modern classical guitar for most of the recordings I present Saturday evenings at 7, but this week lutenist Christopher Wilke joins me in the studio for conversation about the lute and will perform for us. We’ll hear a sonata by 18th century German composer Johann Adolf Hasse.

Concerto by Local Composer Richard Smoot on Fretworks

8, 2014

The Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Columbus-based guitarist and composer Richard Smoot will be featured on this week’s Fretworks.  Our recording from the mid 1990s is with guitarist Lynn Harting-Ware, who also has an Ohio connection.  Although now living in Ontario, Canada, she received music degrees at Kent State University and the University [...]

Jason Vieaux and Modern Mandolin Quartet on Fretworks

1, 2014

This Saturday at 7pm on Classical 101 on Fretworks, we’ll hear from guitarist Jason Vieaux’s brand new recording with music of Francesco Tarrega, and Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stanley Myers’ lovely Cavatina from The Deer Hunter.

Grieg’s Holberg Suite for Three Guitars on Next Fretworks

24, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7pm on Classical 101, our hour long program Fretworks has music for the classical guitar. This week we’ll hear a guitar trio, a duo, solo pieces, and a concerto for good measure.

Beethoven for Four Guitars on Next Fretworks

17, 2014

The Texas Guitar Quartet will be heard playing Beethoven’s Egmont Overture on the next Fretworks program Saturday at 7 pm on Classical 101.

Solo, Small Ensemble and Orchestral Music on Fretworks

10, 2014

This week on Fretworks, the standard six-string Spanish classical guitar is featured on all of our musical selections with some solo pieces as well as various ensemble combinations.

Mozart Sonata on Guitar for Next Fretworks

3, 2014

This Saturday evening at 7 on Classical 101, guitarist Paul Galbraith will be featured performing his arrangement of a Mozart piano sonata on his 8-string guitar. Another arrangement not heard often will be Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D performed by the Philadelphia Guitar Trio.

Verdi for Guitar and Asturias on Next Fretworks

29, 2014

Our next Fretworks program Saturday evening at 7 will include music from opera arranged for classical guitar. The Fantasy on Themes From Verdi’s La Traviata by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega.