Austin Peay hosts annual GuitarFest this February
(Posted Feb. 5, 2019)
This February, Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will present the annual APSU GuitarFest, featuring guest artist concerts and workshops.
The concerts, which are free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11-13, in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall.
This year’s guest artists are Duoversal (Brazilian classical/jazz guitarist Paolo Oliviera with saxophonist Alex Graham), classical guitarist Stephen Mattingly and Australian fingerstyle guitar phenomenon Joe Robinson.
Duoversal’s concert on Feb. 11 will focus on Olivera’s new arrangements of Brazilian music and jazz for solo guitar and for guitar with saxophone, including music by such luminaries Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny and Sting.
Robinson will perform on Feb. 12. He was voted “Best New Talent” in the Guitar Player Readers’ Poll and in 2008, at the age of 16, he won in the nationally broadcast television show “Australia’s Got Talent.
The final concert, on Feb. 13, features Mattingly. He directs the guitar program at the University of Louisville, and his recital will feature music dedicated to legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia by Ponce, Mompou and Turina, along with music by Gerhard, Martin and contemporary American composer Marc Satterwhite.
Oliveira will conduct a guitar workshop, “Improvisation and arranging for classical guitarists,” on Feb. 11 and Robinson will conduct a fingerstyle guitar workshop on Feb. 12. Both workshops will be at 2 p.m. in the Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. Mattingly will conduct a classical guitar masterclass in the Art + Design Building’s Heydel Hall at 11 a.m. on Feb. 14. These workshops are also free and open to the public.
For information, contact Dr. Stanley Yates, APSU professor of music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7351.