Recital Programs


William Kanengiser offers three projects in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018: “Spain Through the Ages,” “Global Guitar,” and “GrooveTune.” Each project is one-half of a full-length program, with “Spain” serving as the first half of a program and either “Global” OR “GrooveTune” as the second half. However, there is also the option of a full-length “Global” program.




Spain Through the Ages

The rich tradition of Spanish music is intimately bound to the guitar. Throughout its history, some of Spain’s finest composers wrote for plucked string instruments. Tracing this arc, the “Spain Through the Ages” will include Moorish o’ud melodies from the Middle Ages, Renaissance vihuela masterworks for by Luís de Narvaez and Luís de Milan, a Baroque sonata by Santiago de Murcia, Romantic pieces of the great Francisco Tárrega, and Flamenco-inspired works by Joaquin Turina and de Manuel de Falla.



Global Guitar:  A World Tour on Six Strings

Following the explorations he is famous for with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser will take listeners on a journey across the musical landscapes that reflect the universality of the plucked string. Highlighting his talent for coaxing exotic sounds out of his classical guitar, this project includes pieces inspired by music of Africa, China, Hungary, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Japan, the Caribbean, and others. Highlights include:

Béla Bartók: Sonatina

Dusan Bogdanovic: Three African Sketches

Oliver Hunt: The Barber of Baghdad

Trad. Chinese: Spring Snow/Winter on Yellow Mountain (arr. Gerald Garcia)

Rentaro Tako: Kojo-no-Tsuki

Dusan Bogdanovic: Six Balkan Miniatures

Dmitri Kabalevsky: Three Folksong Variations

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: March of the Gibaros



GrooveTune: Classical Fingerstyle

In his acclaimed recording “Classical Cool,” William Kanengiser took a new look at jazz styles through a classical lens.  His newest project, GrooveTune, shows his love for other American guitar styles, including fingerstyle, bluegrass, country, and rock. With his sensitive touch and driving energy, he explores the sweet lyricism and rhythmic power of these uniquely American guitar expressions. The project includes pieces inspired by Chet Atkins, Ralph Towner, Alex DeGrassi, Michael Hedges, Jimi Hendix, Pat Metheny, Doc Watson, and others.



Repertory with Guitar Orchestra

This work, written for Mr. Kanengiser, is for solo guitar with a guitar ensemble of 15 or more players (and conductor).


Shingo Fujii                                 Concierto de Los Angeles (2006)



Repertory with Orchestra


Isaac Albeniz (arr. Steven Goss): The Albeniz Concerto (2009)

Malcolm Arnold: Concerto, Op. 67 (1959)

Dusan Bogdanovic: Kaleidoscope (written for William Kanengiser) (2004)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 99 (1939)

Ernesto Cordero: Concierto Antillano (1983)

Manuel Ponce: Concierto del Sur (1941)

Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)

Joaquin Rodrigo: Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (1954)

Craig Russell: Concierto Romántico (1977)

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Concerto (1951)

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D major, RV 93

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV 425

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in A major