Guitar solist opens season at Loring-Greenough House

Katharine Cipolla

Courtesy Photo Aaron Larget-Caplan

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The 10th season of “Sunday Afternoon at the ’Greenough House” concerts will begin with “Dance, Love, Sleep,” a program of music for solo guitar featuring Aaron Larget-Caplan. Selections ranging from Albéniz and Bach to Gershwin and Lennon-McCartney will be performed on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St. across from the Monument.

With performances in Spain, Italy and on both US coasts as a soloist and chamber musician, Larget-Caplan rides the razor’s edge of the guitar. He is a unique performer and communicator who is able to link the new and old, and the difficult and not in music and other art forms.

Born in the guitar capital of Oklahoma and raised in Colorado, Larget-Caplan began playing the classical guitar at age 16 and gave his debut at the Tabor Opera House one year later. Since then, he has premiered over two-dozen compositions; founded a music and dance group; commissioned over a dozen new works; and appeared on National Public Radio in New York, Oregon, Colorado and Maine. He will make his orchestral soloist debut in 2010 with maestro Patrick Botti.

In 2006, Larget-Caplan released his debut CD, “Tracing a Wheel on Water,” which the great American composer Ned Rorem called “Musical, affecting and skilled.” That year he also founded the Spanish classical music and flamenco dance group ¡Con Fuego! In 2007, Larget-Caplan began the New Lullaby Project, a multi-compositional endeavor that collects new lullabies from composers throughout the world for guitar solo. A CD featuring these works will be out in 2009.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Larget-Caplan studied with David Leisner and Eliot Fisk, while studying flamenco with Juanito Pascual. His primary teacher and mentor is Dmitry Goryachev. He continues his studies of body physics and geometry and its relation and application to playing and teaching of the guitar with wife, healer and muse Catherine Larget-Caplan. For more information, see

The series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century musical afternoons in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House, owned by the Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club (JPTC), on the first Sunday of each month, October through May. Tickets are available at the door. A donation of $17 ($12 seniors, students and JPTC members) includes a “preservation fee” to support preservation projects at the landmark property. Space is limited; reservations are suggested. Call 524-3158 or e-mail [email protected] Afternoon tea follows the program.

Built in 1760, the Loring-Greenough House, a local landmark listed on the Massachusetts and National Registers of Historic Places, is located at 12 South St. (at the Civil War Monument). It is owned and managed by the non-profit JPTC as a historic house museum and site for art and music presentations. The Loring-Greenough House is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the Loring-Greenough House, see

For reservations or directions, call 524-3158 or e-mail [email protected]

The writer is the coordinator of “Sunday Afternoons at the ’Greenough House.”

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