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Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo at Carnegie Carnegie Hall with contralto Daphne Alderson

The Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo will perform at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall on Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will feature special guest Daphne Alderson and conclude with homage to legendary folk singer, activist and song writer Pete Seeger.  Seeger died on January 27 of this year at the age of 94.

Jim Ferla and John Marcinizyn have been performing together since­­­­­­­­­ 1989. Their repertoire spans five centuries and includes music by traditional and contemporary composers as well as folk, jazz, and popular arrangements.  They have performed throughout the United States as both soloists and ensemble players, including at the Smithsonian, the University of Akron, Arizona State, the Chautauqua Institution, Oberlin College, Florida State University, New York University, and Notre Dame. The have been heard on NPR, Voice of America, USIA, Chukyo TV-Nagayo, Japan, and locally on WQED-FM.

The Duo will be joined by frequent collaborator contralto Daphne Alderson.  Daphne Alderson’s diverse, eclectic career as lyric contralto includes opera, oratorio, chamber music and cabaret throughout the United States, Canada and Italy.  She performed two world premieres for the Library & Music Hall’s annual benefit: Songs that Oscar Taught Me (2009) and All Judy, All Heart (2010), tributes to Oscar Hammerstein, II and Judy Garland respectively.

“It’s really wonderful to come back to the Carnegie.  It’s such a beautiful hall, and I look forward to being mostly unplugged!” said Alderson.

“Those of us who had the privilege of hearing Daphne sign at Carnegie Carnegie Hall are thrilled to welcome her back,” says Executive Director Maggie Forbes.  “And I am blown away by the eclectic program that Jim, John and Daphne have put together for March 31!”

The program includes works ranging from virtuoso classical guitar pieces to French Renaissance and Portuguese art songs to traditional English folk songs to works by John Lennon, Hoagy Carmichael, an original composition by John Marcinizyn, as well as the tribute to Pete Seeger.

In addition to their extensive performance careers all three musicians are committed educators.  Ferla teaches guitar at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh; Marcinizyn, who also plays the banjo teaches guitar and composition at Carnegie Mellon and Seton Hill University and also teaches a class on slide guitar techniques at the Duquesne University Guitar and Bass Summer Workshop.  Alderson, who is married to Marcinizyn, teaches voice at Seton-Hill University.

The Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo is the penultimate concert in the ACFL&MH’s 2013-2014 Listen Locally series.  Matt Murchison Mutiny (euphonium, flute, piano, bass, and drums) will perform the final concert on of the season on April 28.

Tickets for the Listen Locally are $15 and may be purchased in advance at the ACFL&MH during library hours or at the box office the night of the concert.  A reception with the musicians follows the concert.  Please visit  or call 412-276-3456 for more information.


Listen Locally

at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall

The Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo

With Daphne Alderson, Contralto


Nowhere Man (1965)                                               John Lennon (1940-1980)

Dance of the Corregidor                            Manuel De Falla (1876-1946)

La Vida Breve

Trovas (Ballads)                                           Francisco de Lacerda  (1869-1934)

Em Cima Do Alto Monte

Nem de Chorar Sou Senhora

Quando Tu Abres Os Olhos

O Amor E Como A Sombra

Silhouette                                                     John Marcinizyn (b.1963)

Lo Que Vendra                                             Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Tango I




Tant que vivray                                            Claude de Sermissy (1490-1562) 

Que ne puis-je la fougere                          Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736)       

Scarborough Fair                                         Traditional English

Anthem                                                         Ralph Towner (b. 1940)

G Blues                                                          Joe Pass (1929-1994)

I found a new baby                                      Jack Palmer (1900-1976)/Spencer Williams (1889-1965)

Where Have All The Flowers Gone                      Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

We Shall Overcome

Turn, Turn, Turn

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