Classical guitarist shows link between artist, instrument

BY KENNETH ROLLINS-Special to The Telegraph

If you attend Thursday’s performance by Petar Jankovic, you will likely encounter more than an evening of classical guitar music.
Jankovic, a soloist, offers much more. His concerts become remarkable studies in the relationship between a musician and his instrument, a connection that creates its own brand of sparks.
Of course, that connection validates Jankovic as an international master. Moreover, he is also a multi-award-winning artist, teaches classical guitar at the Indiana University School of Music and plays as many as 50 concert dates annually.
Through it all, he has acquired a reputation as a gifted translator of a composition’s emotional integrity.
Although he says his upcoming Macon program is a standard repertoire for the Spanish classical guitar, there will be both new and older compositions, which reflect the guitar’s golden age with compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Isaac Albeniz and Federico Moreno-Torroba. Naturally, he will feature selections from his 2008 CD titled “Leyenda.”
“It can be really engaging,” said Jankovic, commenting upon the dynamics of a live performance. “Luckily, I am able to internalize and identify with the music I want to play that is so deep that people can perceive it.”
It is a variation on the immortal conundrum: How can you distinguish the dancer from the dance? “I work to produce that on stage,” he continued. “That is the most important aspect of any performance.”
Jankovic’s acquisition of his hand-crafted Ignacio Fleta guitar might be a tale for the ages, too.
Produced by the famous Spanish guitar maker from Barcelona, the instrument is a fairly new accoutrement for Jankovic, who underwent a 13-year odyssey to identify and then wait for his guitar’s creation.
“It is a rare instrument,” he said. “There is a personal connection with the musician and the instrument you decide to play on. It can take many years to find that.”
The Jankovic concert is the latest presentation by the Macon Concert Association, which has been a Middle Georgia cultural force for 76 years. Before the introduction of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the association was the primary host of classical music performances. Through a relationship with the Columbia Artists booking agency, the association presented outstanding virtuosos such as Isaac Stern, Izak Pearlman and Jessye Norman, noted Susan Morton, the organization’s secretary.
Quarterly, the association presents small, intimate recitals and concerts in the Burden Parlor in the Olive Swann Porter Student Life Center at Wesleyan College. “The place seems to suit our audiences,” Morton said. “It is gorgeous and the sound is wonderful.”
Thus, it appears Jankovic’s concert may just have all the proper ingredients for an extraordinary musical evening.
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