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Group to perform newfound work by French composer

Newly discovered work dating from around 1812 by French guitarist Antoine de Lhoyer will be among selections featured in a program by the Austin Peay State University Guitar Ensemble.

The ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Dr. Stanley Yates, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Yates said Lhoyers work is the earliest known piece written for guitar ensemble.
Newly discovered work dating from around 1812 by French guitarist Antoine de Lhoyer will be among selections featured in a program by the Austin Peay State University Guitar Ensemble.

The ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Dr. Stanley Yates, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Yates said Lhoyer's work is the earliest known piece written for guitar ensemble.

In addition to Lhoyer's work, the APSU Guitar Ensemble will perform a varied program of classical and contemporary music from Spain, Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland and Italy.

Praised as “one of an elite breed of guitarists” by Classical Guitar Magazine, England, Yates has performed extensively as a recital and concerto soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. He also has presented a number of masterclasses and lectures at such places as The Royal Academy of Music, London, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

In addition, Yates' recent transcription and recording of the Bach Cello Suites has received international attention.

British-born, Yates received performer's diplomas from Trinity College, London, and Sandown College of Performing Arts, Liverpool. He also earned postgraduate degrees from the University of Liverpool with a distinction in performance and the University of North Texas, where he was the only non-pianist ever to receive the Morgan Dissertation Award for Excellence in Music Performance.

For more information about the ensemble's upcoming concert, contact Yates by telephone at (931) 221-7351 or by e-mail at yatess@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer