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Musicians present concert Oct. 11 to benefit Appalachian’s annual guitar festival

lui09_t.jpgBOONE—Musicians from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music and others will present a concert Sunday, Oct. 11, to benefit the annual Appalachian GuitarFest.

The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

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Douglas James

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Patrick Lui

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Alan Mearns

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Andy Page

“Budget cuts associated with the state and national economic downturn have greatly reduced the amount of support available to GuitarFest,” said festival director Douglas James. James directs the guitar program in the Hayes School of Music. “In order to keep the festival going in these lean times, I am asking for friends of the guitar festival and fans of classical guitar and other music to help us generate funds needed support the festival in spring 2010.”

The benefit concert will feature James, the Carolina String Duo, Patrick Lui, Alan Mearns, Swing Guitars (Andy Page and Jay Brown), and the Appalachian State University Guitar Orchestra. Special guests are flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and violinist Witold Kosmala.

The program includesCapricho Arabe” by Francisco Tarrega performed by James, Bach’s “Adagio and Fugue from BWV 1005” performed by Mearns, “Guitar Blues,” Teasin’ the Frets” and “Lady Be Good” performed by the Swing Guitars, Maximo Diego Pujol’s “Elegia por la muerte de un tanguero” and Quique Sinesi’s “Open Sky” performed by Patrick Lui, and selections performed by the Carolina String Duo and the Appalachian Guitar Orchestra with Kosmala and Schneeloch-Bingham.

James has performed throughout the United States and internationally, and shared billings with acts as diverse as Iron Butterfly and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Known today primarily as a classical guitarist, James is world renowned  for playing music of the early 19th century on authentic  gut-strung guitars from that period.

The recently formed Carolina String Duo serves as an outlet for the wide variety of guitar music. The duo, consisting of Kevin Dollar and Carey Harwood, performs on guitar, lute, mandolin and banjo in a number of different styles, including classical, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and traditional music. Dollar is on the faculty of Elon University. Harwood has served on the faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina, Elon University, the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts and the University of Colorado.

Lui is a prizewinner of several competitions, including the first Hong Kong Guitar Competition, the Yamaha Guitar Competition, the Hong Kong, Macau, and Canton Invitational Guitar Competition, a finalist in the East Carolina Guitar Festival, and a semi-finalist in the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. He teaches at the Weaver Academy for Performance and Visual Arts.

Mearns is a graduate of the music program at Appalachian. He pursued graduate studies at Austin Peay State University.  He also has been a prizewinner at Appalachian GuitarFest competition. His music has been published by Mel Bay and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.

Swing Guitars focuses on the early period of jazz guitar from the late 1920s through 1940. The group consists of Hayes School of Music jazz instructor Andy Page and Jay Brown on guitar and Appalachian alumnus Ben McPherron on bass.

Kosmala is a professor of mathematics at Appalachian. He was concertmaster at the University of South Florida where he was on a full music scholarship. While in Florida, Kosmala played violin in recitals, chamber ensembles, a pops orchestra and for two opera companies. His international performances include solo recitals in British Columbia, Canada and solo performances with the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy.

Schneeloch-Bingham teaches flute and directs the flute ensemble at the Hayes School of Music. She also performs in the faculty woodwind quintet and Harmonia Baroque, an early music ensemble featuring historical instruments.