Guitar festival to spotlight Spanish, Italian music

youth guitar orchestra

Members of the Youth/Community Guitar Orchestra

In what has become a cornerstone of the arts calendar, Radford University's Department of Music will present its 12th Annual International Guitar Festival on campus this weekend.

Opening on Friday, April 5, and continuing through Sunday, April 7, the festival will bring international guitar virtuosos to campus as an educational opportunity for students and the Radford community alike.

This year the festival's theme will be "The Influence of Spain and Italy" and will include performances by Pablo Gamez from Venezuela, Guilherme Vincens from Brazil, Stefano Raponi from Italy and Leonardo Martin Candelaria from Mexico. In addition to the outstanding international guests, RU alumni Ryan Book and Mike Havens, and the Radford Youth/Community Guitar Orchestra will perform.

The Youth/Community Guitar Orchestra was founded in 2009 RU Professor of Music Robert Trent. It brings together a collection of diverse guitarists, starting with players as young as 5 years and including those in elementary and high school, the university and the community. The orchestra will rehearse and perform on stage in the Performance Hall of the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

The youth orchestra and other performance events in the Covington Center will be free and open to the public. For more information and a calendar of events, visit the festival website.

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Apr 2, 2013
Dan Waidelich
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