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2007 GuitarFest to feature 3 musicians

Austin Peay State University Department of Music will present the two-day 2007 GuitarFest, featuring a number of musicians and composers.

Stephen Aron, founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music where he also teaches, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5 in APSUs Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.
Austin Peay State University Department of Music will present the two-day 2007 GuitarFest, featuring a number of musicians and composers.

Stephen Aron, founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music where he also teaches, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5 in APSU's Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The musical gala also will feature Andrew Zohn, a music professor at Columbus (Ga.) State University, and Richard Todd, a Nashville native who has performed throughout the U.S. and Italy. They will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, also in the Concert Hall.

GuitarFest is free and open to the public.

Aron will perform selections by Burle Marx, Felix Mendelssohn, Giulio Regondi, Louis Richmond and Frederic Chopin. He also will perform “Rockport Stomp,” which he composed in 2006.

Described by the New York Times as “cultivated and musical,” Aron performs regularly throughout the U.S. and Canada. His recordings have been noted as “stunning” by the Guitar Review and “inspired” by Classical Guitar.

In addition to teaching at the conservatory, Aron is professor of music and chair of guitar studies at the University of Akron, Ohio.

Zohn's performance will include his original E sonata, composed in 2004, as well as selections by Angel Villoldo and Agustin Barrios.

Zohn has been a featured solo artist, orchestra soloist and lecturer throughout North America and Europe. An assistant professor of music at Columbus State University, he serves on the faculties of the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival in Italy and the GuitareLachine Festival in Canada each summer.

Todd will perform works by Manual Blasco de Nebra, F.J. Haydn and Isaac Albeniz.

He studied extensively in Italy with renowned guitarist Matteo Mela. Todd's concerts throughout the U.S. and Italy have included appearances with the Cincinnati Philharmonia and Dallas Chamber Orchestras as well as several festival engagements.

For more information about the 2007 GuitarFest, contact APSU's music department by telephone at (931) 221-7818.-- Melony Leazer