The Oxford Community Arts Center presents Virtual Second Friday, a concert featuring Miami faculty members and OCAC regulars Andrea Ridilla, oboe, and Thomas Garcia, guitar. This live-streamed concert will feature the brilliant “Ent’racte" by the French composer Jacques Ibert, seductive Argentine tangos by Ástor Piazzolla, lyrical music by the Brazilian composer and guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos, and flashy Brazilian popular music from throughout the 20th century. Ridilla and Garcia, who were classmates at the Juilliard School in New York City, have been playing together for many years, have toured internationally, and are happy to be playing together once again at OCAC.
View the concert HERE on Friday, August 14th, 2020!
Thomas George Caracas Garcia, ethnomusicologist/musicologist, guitarist, and lutenist, is an associate professor of Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies at Miami University. Specializing in Brazilian music, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil, in diverse cultural institutions including Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Villa-Lobos Museum and the Museum of the Republic of Rio de Janeiro, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He recently toured in Brazil and Russia, performing Brazilian classical and popular music with oboist Andrea Ridilla. The Duma newspaper of Sofia, Bulgria wrote: “a brilliant soloist, Thomas Garcia conquered the public from the first notes of his performance, with his clear sound and warm tone.”
Garcia holds a doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Duke University, a master’s in Musicology from the University of Massachusetts, and performance degrees from the Juilliard School where he was a classmate of Andrea Ridilla. His publications include articles on the history of guitar and Brazilian music in the Luso-Brazilian Review and the Journal of Popular Culture, among many others, as well as numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles. He recently published a chapter on choro musician Jacob do Bandolim in the book Mazel Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas, which won a prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology for contributions to Jewish music scholarships. He is also the author of the book Choro, A Social History of a Brazilian Popular Music, and, most recently, the editor of the anthology Global Popular Music, published in January of 2019. He is currently an investigator for EcoMusic, a project dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of Portuguese folk and popular music, based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Andrea Ridilla, Professor of Oboe at Miami University, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Fanfare Magazine writes of her CD, L’Amore Italiano, the lyrical oboe in opera and cinema, “Ridilla plays with exceptional control and a beautiful tone." The American Record Guide calls Ridilla’s playing “…heartfelt and expressive. With Thomas Garcia, she is an invited guest for the 2020 Autral-Asian Double Reed Society Conference held virtually in Melbourne in September and is an invited judge for the Young Artist Competition at the Conference. Andrea was soloist at the Monteverdi Oboe Festival in Bolzano, Italy, and with the Camerata Rio Chamber Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, and the Pacific Symphony in Vladivostok, Russia as a representative of the US Department of State. She gave masterclasses at the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories and at the Congreso de la Asociación de Doble Caña de Sevilla. In 2020 Andrea was invited to be on the jury of the Japan Oboe Association Oboe Competition, and as guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. El Universo writes of her concerto with the Orquesta da Sinfónica de Guayaquil...Ridilla sparkled with intonation, expression, and phrasing..." She is co-designer of the Gouging Machine (Reeds ‘n Stuff).