Grasso opens Davis Art Center Classical Guitar Series

By From page A11 | February 25, 2014

The Davis Art Center presents the fifth annual Classical Guitar Series in the atrium, which offers an intimate setting to enjoy the beautiful tones of the classical guitar. This series, coordinated by local musician-composer Matthew Grasso, will be different than years past, as it will highlight guitar composers and focus on solo performances.

Grasso, known for taking the art of the seven-string guitar to new heights, is first on the bill with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Art Center, 1919 F St. A deeply emotional performer, Grasso will perform both original compositions and his own transcriptions of classical masterworks.
On April 4, Arina Burcéva will present a program of her own compositions. She has performed recitals and taught master classes in America, Canada, Europe and South America.
English-born composer and concert guitarist Ross Thompson will perform on May 16. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music preparatory division, he has received numerous commissions for original music and is a first prize-winner in the American String Teachers Association National Competition.
The series ends on June 27 with an appearance by eminent teacher and performer Lawrence Ferrara. He has performed major recitals throughout the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York.
All concerts are family-friendly and begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $5 for children 12 and under. They are available at the door before concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m., or in advance online at davisartcenter.org.

Enterprise staff

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