Guitar Series Goes Beyond Six Strings

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series will present a series of three guitar performances in April in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

The series, "Beyond Six Strings," features some of the world's leading performers who are exploring the guitar in unique ways. The guitar is one of society's most popular instruments, yet its history and evolution often are overlooked and narrowly interpreted to only include six-string guitars. This series will include performances that explore significant trends in the instrument's development.

The series begins Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. with Grammy Award nominee Paul Galbraith, who will perform on the eight-string Brahms guitar of his own invention, which is held upright like a cello. The program will include original transcriptions of works that typically have been considered unplayable on the guitar, by composers that include Mozart, Schubert, Bach, Lennox Berkeley and William Byrd.

The second concert in the series is Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. featuring Emmy Award nominee John Doan, associate professor of guitar at Willamette. Doan will perform original works on the 20-string harp guitar as well as forgotten works by Fernando Sor, father of the classical guitar, on a rare 1829 three-necked harpolyre.

The series concludes Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. with Ronn McFarlane, considered one of the world's leading performers of the 13-course (18-string) lute. He will perform works by John Dowland and Francesco da Milano, as well as contemporary original pieces.

Tickets for each performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, with a series price for all three concerts of $40 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. They are available at the Pentacle Theatre Ticket Office in Salem at 145 Liberty St. NE, Suite 102, or they can be charged by phone at (503) 485-4300. Tickets are subject to a service charge. For more information, call the Willamette University Music Department at (503) 370-6255.

Staff and Students

Individual Prices:
$10 WU Faculty/Staff, $3 WU Students

Series Price:
$25 WU Faculty/Staff, $8 WU Students

The Willamette community may purchase tickets at the Music Department in the Rogers Music Center or charge by phone, x6255.