Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00pm
“Such refined quality and interpretive strength” – St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo
“Guitarist plays brilliantly” – The Herald, Provo, Ut
“Incredible … Must be seen to be believed” – The Easterner, Spokane, Wa
Jim Greeninger was the first guitarist to be invited to teach at the famous Juilliard School of Music, New York City. A story Jim may tell at the fun and interactive show where you, the audience, requests the songs that he plays.
Jim performed his solo debut at Carnegie Hall for an hour and a half he set on stage at CarnegieHall and mesmerized a full house. what followed was an instant standing ovation and agreat review from the New York Times. Many of the Juilliard staff and students we’re sitting in the center section right in front of Mr. Greeninger. Here is what Jim says about that performance: “I’m just a farm boy from Oregon but I decided to tackle the greatest task ever, a solo debut at Carnegie Hall. I worked for a full year on this program practicing every single day in the dark in the light anytime of the day I could practice. it worked out pretty well because when I started to play there was a lady sitting in the front row in my line of sight and she had her legs crossed swinging her right leg out of tempo with what I was doing, it was quite distracting so my practice of playing in the dark paid off, I simply closed my eyes and played the entire program, this also helped me to focus on the music more.”
The result was an exploding instance standing ovation with people yelling encore, encore. I wasn’t sure what to do I didn’t come out of the dressing room for quite a while, however, they were still yelling and clapping. I quickly thought of something to play and came back and played something slow and pretty.
He was a student of Andres Segovia for seven years. Maestro said: “He has the sacred fire…” And said they were “Alike souls.” Jim has to his credit three gold CDs and ten others of different styles. He records in a very different way which produces a better CD and listening experience.