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KSC Guitar Orchestra to Feature Bach and Beatles Music

KEENE, N.H., 03/15/08 - “From Beatles to Bach” is the theme for the Keene State College Guitar Orchestra concert on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Guitar Orchestra, a 12-member ensemble, will perform works ranging from the classical sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Two Chorales, to the contemporary sounds of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Beatles Fantasy. Keene State’s Playing for Peace scholar Tanya Twal and Guitar Orchestra director José Lezcano will perform Duo in G by Ferdinando Carulli. Also featured will be a guitar sextet playing South American folk songs. Works by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, and Jean- Joseph Mouret will also be performed.

The KSC Guitar Orchestra consists of both music majors and students from other disciplines, and it is a component of an academic course. It gives students the opportunity for public performance, which is essential to graduation from Keene State with a music degree.

Lezcano was named Composer of the Year in 2002 and 2007 by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association and has been teaching guitar, music theory, and Latin American Music at Keene State since 1991. He has a doctorate in music theory from Florida State University and a bachelor of music in guitar from Peabody Conservatory. In 2003, he received a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship and Keene State College’s Award for Distinction in Research and Scholarship in recognition of his activities as performer, scholar, and composer. In 2004, he was selected for the New Hampshire Touring Artist Roster, in which he continues to participate, and lectures around the state on the mythical traditions of the indigenous guitar in Ecuador. This year he has two New York premieres of his works: Viola Concerto, with soloist Brett Deubner and the Astoria (Queens) Symphony, and Tango-Overture, with North-South Consonance conducted by Max Lifchitz.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the concert.

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