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Legado Nominated for 2 Latin GRAMMY Awards

Berta Rojas' album, Legado, has been nominated for Latin GRAMMY Awards in the categories of Best Classical Music Album and Best Contemporary Classical Work/Composition. The album pays tribute to legendary guitarists Ida Presti and Maria Luisa Anido through Rojas' incredible performance of Presti and Anido's compositions and works written in their homage. Candice Mowbray worked on the project as a music researcher and consultant, and wrote substantial liner notes published in the stunning CD package. Legado is a beautiful celebration of great women in the history of the guitar.

New Music in 2022

In February, the duet of Candice Mowbray and Danny Webber premiered "Winter Dance," a new work by Canandian composer, Cam Millar. The piece, composed for electric guitar duet, is influenced by rock styles and Millar's expertise as a horn arranger. It was commissioned through support of the Maryland State Arts Council. Candice also premiered Matthew Cochran's "Prelude and Stomp" for solo electric guitar and is working with composer Michael DeLalla on two new concert works for electric guitar. New recordings and videos are being planned.

International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti

Candice Mowbray was a featured speaker at the 2022 International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" which took place in Samobor, Croatia. She presented an online talk highlighting the careers and music of several women from throughout guitar history including Presti, Maria Luisa Anido and Luise Walker. Dr. Mowbray considers the invitation to take part in this special festival an honor as her doctoral work, completed almost ten years ago, was focused on sharing the legacy of Presti who was one of the guitar's great virtuosos. A very special moment occurred at the end of the presentation when she had the opportunity to meet Isabelle Presti, granddaughter of Ida. 

Film Premiere at the Embassy of France

The Washington DC premiere of Lafayette Escadrille, new documentary feature film by Paul Glenshaw and Darroch Greer, took place at the Embassy of France on November 10. The film tells the story of the American volunteers who flew for France before the US entered WWI. They were known as The Lafayette Escadrille, and became the founding squadron of American combat aviation. The filmmakers recognized Candice Mowbray at the premiere for her musical contribution to the film. Candice and Danny Webber also worked with the filmmakers for their Seven Tones Project, which celebrated the music of Duke Ellington. 

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