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GCU Professor Pays Tribute to WTC with Classical Guitar Tracks
Windows on the World Musician Releases CD
Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 6, 2007—For twenty-five years, Patrick Appello entertained audiences at the famed Windows on the World restaurant in New York’s World Trade Center. Now, six years after the collapse of the Twin Towers, Mr. Appello is paying tribute to the building, the people, and the unique musical upbringing it gave him with the release of his new CD, Reflections.
“Much has been written about the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Windows on the World on Floor 107,” Mr. Appello says. “Reflections is meant to be a tribute to this unique architectural achievement and a celebration of the human spirit. The selections on this recording share my memories of performing at the World Trade Center and express them through the universal and transcendent language of music,” he says in the liner notes.
In 1976, while still in college, Mr. Appello had the honor of being chosen as the solo classical guitarist for the Cellar in the Sky restaurant in the Windows on the World Complex. He played Windows several nights a week until the first WTC bombing in 1993, and continued to play several times a year until WTC’s collapse on September 11, 2001.
“In 1976 I opened Cellar in the Sky and played there for many years. I met so many jazz musicians working in the other rooms, and so much of my musical experience was based there,” he says. “My years at Windows helped form who I am as a musician today.”
Mr. Appello is a classical guitarist who also plays historical instruments and specializes in the early repertoire. An instructor at Georgian Court University and also at Monmouth Conservatory of Music, he plays modern instruments as well as centuries-old instruments rarely seen today.
“I teach the early romantic guitar style, which is somewhat different than the classical style popularized by Segovia. Much of the music is incorporated into my teaching, which develops the hands very well. It’s like the Bach and Mozart of the keyboard world,” he quips.
“On the CD there are several interesting and historical guitars on loan from the Augustine Guitar Collection,” Mr. Appello says. Included among them, he says, are an 1866 Torres Guitar and a 1916 Garcia Guitar.
Mr. Appello also plays early romantic music and lute transcription on the theorbo, a 17th-century instrument in the lute family.
“The theorbo is a six-foot base lute,” he describes. “I performed on theorbo this summer at the Boston Early Music Festival with the New York Continuo Collective in the opera The Liberation of Ruggerio from the Island of Alcina by Francesca Caccini,” he says.
Mr. Appello’s CD includes selections from Franz Schubert, Pietro Paolo Borrono, William Byrd, Astor Piazzolla, and more. The cover photograph, a muted blue photo-reflection of the World Trade Center, was taken by photographer Paul LaRaia. The CD is available online at itunes.com and cdbaby.com. For a complete list of Mr. Appello’s performances, go to www.PatrickAppello.com.
Mr. Appello will perform in the Georgian Court University Faculty Recital on Sunday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dorothy Marron University Chapel on the Lakewood campus. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. He will perform the Gran Duo Concerrtante op. 85 by Mauro Giuliani for Flute and Guitar, with Myra Malamut, chair of the GCU Department of Music, on flute. For more information, contact the Georgian Court University Department of Music at 732.987.2624.
ABOUT PATRICK APPELLO
Patrick Appello is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and holds a Master of Music degree from New Jersey City University. He has studied guitar with Manuel Barrueco, Frederic Hand, Juan de la Mata, and Ana Maria Rosado, and lute and theorbo with Pat O'Brien, Lucas Harris, Eloy Cruz, and Grant Herried. He previously taught at Westchester Conservatory and is currently a lecturer in theory and classical guitar at Georgian Court University.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.
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