Guitarist Frank Koonce is acclaimed as a performer, teacher, and writer. His creative work includes an authoritative guitar edition of Bach's solo lute works and the world-premiere recording in English of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Platero and I" for narrator and guitar. Mr. Koonce has directed the guitar program at Arizona State University since 1978.
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Most of the festival participants had heard
Segovia's recordings of ten solo guitar excerpts from Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Platero y yo, Op. 190, but few
had heard the work as it was intended - with a narrator reading the Nobel prize-winning poetry of Juan Ramón
Jiménez. Guitarist Frank Koonce and narrator Don Doyle, a professional actor and storyteller, presented a
charming and moving performance in English of seventeen pieces (out of a total of 28) drawn from one of
Castelnuovo-Tedesco's finest works - surely one of the highlights of the festival.