Music for Guitar and Organ

Contrasting works for contrasting instruments

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 8 pm


$25 General Admission / $20 Students/Seniors at


Mak Grgic, acoustic and electric guitar
Paul Vasile, organ


Concerto for Lute in F Major – Karl Ignaz Augustin Kohaut (1726-1784)
New compositions and transcriptions for acoustic and electric guitar and pipe organ

Recently hailed by the Washington Post as playing with “beauty” and “intelligence”, the virtuosic guitarist Mak Grgic is joined by organist and Arts at The Park’s Artistic Director, Paul Vasile,  for a program featuring the unique duo of guitar and organ.

The first half of the program will include solos and duos for acoustic guitar and portative organ (a miniature pipe organ), including the Concerto for Lute in F Major by Karl Ignaz Augustin Kohaut the Austrian lutenist and composer of Czech descent who is considered one of the last important composers for Baroque lute. The second half of the concert will offer new works and transcriptions featuring the weightier combination of electric guitar and organ.

A portion of the program will be performed on Park Avenue Christian Church’s William Jackson Jarman Memorial Organ. Installed in 1982 by the Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland, Ohio, the 47-rank mechanical action instrument frames a large and extraordinary Tiffany window with pedal towers on each side.

About Guitarist Mak Grgic

As a guitarist of acclaim, Mak Grgic has been invited to venues worldwide, including the Sandpoint Festival with the Spokane Symphony, the Allegro Guitar Series in Texas, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver. He has performed  with the Assad Brothers as well as cello super-star Joshua Roman (featured in AATP’s March 20th concert) for Strings on Fire, as a guest of classical guitarist Christopher Parkening at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD, Pepperdine University, Portland Classical Guitar, Guitar Festival Mikulov, Piran Music Nights and The Sounds of Six Strings, and Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia. As a new Young Artist in Residence at Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, he will appear with the JACK Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music, in the premiere of a new work by composer and member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, David Crowell, and in recitals with the young, brilliant cellist Jeremiah Campbell.

Mak recently took first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy and the Pacific Guitar Festival and Competition 2011 in California. He is also the recipient of the highest prizes  at the Andres Segovia International Competition for young guitarists in Velbert, Germany, the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition in Vienna, Austria, the International Guitar Competition in Arrenzano, Italy, the Anna Amalia Competition for young guitarists in Weimar, Germany, the International Guitarart Festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia and the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Italy.

Born in 1987 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mak follows in a distinguished line of today’s finest young guitarists emerging from the renowned Croatian school of guitar. Mak studied with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music in Zagreb and earned his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree at the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.


Mak Grgic