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February 28, 2005
Eliot Fisk highlights inaugural, 15-event Emory Guitar Fest
BY sally corbett & nancy condon
The inaugural Emory Guitar Fest, March 6-April 28, will offer 15 richly varied events, from classical to gypsy, to jazz guitar and guitar with flute and violin. Visiting artists will include Emory Coca-Cola Artists-in-Residence Eliot Fisk, Mundell Lowe and Sergio and Odair Assad with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Charismatic virtuoso Fisk, a classical guitarist, launches the festival on March 6 with a solo performance of works by Turina, Scarlatti, Bach, Albeniz, Halffter, Beaser and Paganini. Fisk has been voted "Best Classical Guitarist" in a Guitar Player Magazine readers' poll, and he is known for his imaginative and innovative approach. The last direct disciple of Andres Segovia, he combines the great romantic tradition with the best of modern music. Fisk's festival appearances include:
· solo concert, March 6, 4 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall ($20; Emory faculty/staff $15; free for students).
· solo recital at Oxford College, March 7, 8 p.m., Oxford Chapel. Call 770-784-8888 to reserve tickets.
· guitar master class, March 8, 7 p.m., free, Emerson Concert Hall (public welcome to observe).
· instrumental master class for non-guitarists, March 10, 4 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall, free (public welcome to observe).
· lecture/demonstration, March 10, 2:30 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall, free.
· concert with Vega String Quartet, March 11, noon,
Carlos Museum, free.
· family series solo concert, March 12, 4 p.m., Carlos Museum, $4.
· concert with Vega String Quartet, March 13, 4 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall ($20; Emory faculty/staff $15; students free with I.D.)
· solo recital at Gordon College (Barnesville, Ga.), March 14, 7:30 p.m., free. Call Gordon College at 770-358-5393 for location.
Violinist Salerno-Sonnenberg, one of the most original and daring concert talents performing today, and the preeminent guitar duo of Sergio and Odair Assad will offer the Atlanta premiere of their acclaimed program of music from Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Russia, Macedonia and beyond.
On March 24, the trio will give a free afternnon concert at 2:30 p.m. in Emerson Concert Hall. Later that night, at 8 p.m. also in Emerson Hall, the three will perform as part of the Flora Glenn Candler Series. Tickets are $48; $36 for faculty/staff; $5 for students.
Jazz guitarist Lowe has performed with musical luminaries Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday and Andre Previn. His television and film composition credits include the themes from Hawaii Five-O and Starsky and Hutch, and Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.
On April 18 at 1:30 p.m., Lowe will conduct a master class in Emerson Concert Hall; the public is welcome to observe. The next night, April 19 at 8 p.m., Lowe will perform a free concert with the Emory Jazz Ensemble in Emerson Hall.
Finally, classical guitarist Luckett and Atlanta Symphony flutist Carl David Hall will offer contemporary music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Astor Piazzola, Carlo Domeniconi, Joaquin Rodrigo and Luckett on April 8 (8 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall, free). And the Emory Guitar Ensemble, directed by Luckett, will present guitar quartets, trios, duos and solos, from the Renaissance through the 20th century, on April 28 (8 p.m., Emerson Concert Hall, free).
Residencies for Fisk, Salerno-Sonnenberg, the Assads and Lowe are supported by the Emory Coca-Cola Artists-in-Residence Series. Fisk's performances are made possible in part by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta. The performance by Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Assads is also made possible by the Flora Glenn Candler Endowment.
For a full Guitar Fest calenda, visit www.arts.emory.edu. For concert tickets, call 404-727-5050.