Jon Mendle performing in Mokelume Hill

By September 01, 2012

The Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelume Hill will host  classical guitarist Jon Mendle, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept.23. This will be the finale of a series of three monthly Fine Arts Concerts.

“Jon Mendle is a beautiful talent and a sensitive musician. It is a joy to play with him,” is how world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma describes Mendle.

Mendle plays the 11-string Archguitar and toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Since making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19, Mendle has rapidly built a career as a performer, teacher, arranger and composer.

He began studying the guitar at the age of 12, and recently finished his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Sergio Assad, earning a master of music degree in classical guitar performance.

In 2005, as a second-year student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mendle was the only undergraduate selected by audition to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a concert presented by the Conservatory’s guitar department.
He performed his own transcription of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue” in D minor, a piece originally written for organ.

Based in San Francisco, Mendle has performed solo and ensemble works at venues throughout Northern California and Nevada.

In 2008, at the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention, he played at Herbst Theater in San Francisco, in an ensemble conducted by guitarist David Tanenbaum, in the U.S. premiere of Sergio Assad’s “Trois Bresiliens a Saint Paul.”

In 2009, he won the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s biennial Guitar Concerto Competition, playing Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra.” He performed this work with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra in May 2010.

He recently released his first album of solo guitar music, entitled “L’Infidele,” on In A Circle Records.

Mendle’s primary instrument is an 11-string Archguitar built in 2007 by Alan Perlman of San Francisco. The Archguitar is a hybrid of the Renaissance and Baroque lutes, 19th century guitar and modern guitar, making it ideal for a large cross section of early music, as well as certain modern and impressionist works.

His solo repertoire includes works from periods ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary era, with an emphasis on lesser-known baroque lute works.

He has contributed to his instrument’s repertoire by arranging works by composers such as Kapsberger, Zamboni and Falckenhagen, who are virtually unknown outside of the lute world, as well as more familiar works by Bach, Weiss, Ravel, Debussy and Hovhaness.

The audience is invited to simultaneously sit and listen to the performance while enjoying the art atmosphere of the beautiful Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill.

Complimentary wine and light appetizers will be served at 3:30 before the 4 p.m. concert begins. The casual approach to this music and art event is meant to offer an unusually complete sensory experience.

Tickets for the limited seating will be $15 in advance or $20 the day of the concert.

Make reservations by calling 209-286-1387 or on-line at

Petroglyphe Gallery

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