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APSU department of music presents 2006 GuitarFest

Austin Peay State Universitys Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of music present Stanley Yates, Stephen Robinson and Julian Byzantine in concert for the 2006 GuitarFest.

GuitarFest will kick off with back-to-back concerts by APSU professor of music and guitarist, Dr. Stanley Yates. Yates will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31. The concert will feature a cross-section of the most important works written for guitar from 1800 to present. Yates will perform pieces by Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor and Manuel Maria Ponce.
Austin Peay State University's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of music present Stanley Yates, Stephen Robinson and Julian Byzantine in concert for the 2006 GuitarFest.

GuitarFest will kick off with back-to-back concerts by APSU professor of music and guitarist, Dr. Stanley Yates. Yates will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31. The concert will feature a cross-section of the most important works written for guitar from 1800 to present. Yates will perform pieces by Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor and Manuel Maria Ponce.

At 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Yates again will take the stage to perform contemporary pieces by South American composers Leo Brouwer and Alberto Ginastera and British composer Benjamin Britten. Special guest, Dr. Thomas King, tenor and professor of music, will accompany Yates.

Yates, the 2002 recipient of APSU's Hawkins Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Achievement, has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He recently has been elected to the Artistic Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America.

GuitarFest will continue with a performance by Stephen Robinson at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2. Robinson will give a world premiere performance of “Inspiraciones” by composer Manual de Murga. He also will perform music from Spain, South America and Australia.

In 1976, Robinson began studying guitar with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University and also worked with Andres Segovia. High Fidelity/Musical America Magazine named Robinson the Young Artist of the Year in 1984. He was awarded the first Doctorate of Music in Guitar Performance from Florida State University in 1987. Robinson is a professor of music at Stetson University in Florida.

A performance by Julian Byzantine at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3 will conclude GuitarFest. Byzantine will perform pieces from the Baroque era that will include composers Bach, Scarlatti, Ponce, Theodorakis and Houghton.

Byzantine has performed in 76 countries in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Sydney Opera House. At the age of 21, The Royal Academy of Music appointed him to professor of guitar. The Royal College of Music made Byzantine the first person to receive an Associate of the Royal College of Music diploma for guitar. He is a professor of classical guitar studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia.

All concerts will be held in APSU's Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Yates at (931) 221-7351. — Crissy Laubach-Young