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APSU hosts annual guitar festival Feb. 20-21


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Austin Peay State University’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts is bringing its annual guitar festival, featuring guest artist concerts and master classes, back to Clarksville this month.

The concerts, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7.30 p.m. on Feb. 20-21 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

The first concert will feature Columbus State University professor of classical guitar Andrew Zohn. Tuesday’s concert will feature Knoxville classical guitarist Ben Bolt.

Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor and composer. He has performed concerts on four continents as a soloist, and as part of Duo Spiritoso with acclaimed Canadian guitarist Jeffrey McFadden, including venues in Beijing, New York, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Honolulu, Buenos Aires, Edmonton, Calgary, Atlanta, Toronto and Puerto Rico.

His program will include rarely heard works by Brescianello, Berkeley, Albert, Morel, Coste and the original Zohn composition, “Con Pulso.”

Bolt studied with the legendary guitarist Andres Segovia in Spain and with Abel Carlevaro and Guido Santorsola in Uruguay. He has performed to full house audiences throughout the North, Central and South Americas and served as an adjunct professor of guitar at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City.

His program will include works from Spain and South America by Ponce, Lauro, Torroba and Carlevaro, along with works by Albert Harris and by Bolt himself.

For more information about the guitar festival, contact APSU professor of music, Dr. Stanley Yates, (931) 221-7351.