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Rucco and James guitar duo perform Feb. 1 at Appalachian

BOONE—The Rucco-James Duo, which specializes in the guitar literature of the early 19th century performed on authentic instruments of the period, will perform Feb. 1 at Appalachian State University.

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The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Duo members are Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James.

The guitarists will perform “Grand Duo, Op. 31, No. 3” by Antoine de Lhoyer, selections from “Orpheus Melodische Sätze fur Zwey Guitarren” by Anton Diabelli, “Rondeau alla Pollacca pour deux Guitarres tiré du Premier Concert, Op. 30” by Mauro Giuliani, “Variazioni Concertanti, Op. 130” by Mauro Giuliani and “Sinfonia nell’Opera” from “The Barber of Seville” by Gioacchino Rossini and arranged by Mauro Giuliani.

Rucco and James are internationally recognized authorities in the early Romantic style. They combine a historically informed approach with world-class musicianship, and play exclusively on authentic 19th century guitars. They have performed throughout the United States, Italy and Austria.

James is a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty and director of the Appalachian Guitar Fest. Rucco is the winner of several European guitar competitions, including the 1989 Arturo Toscannini Solo Guitar. Rucco is the founding director of A.C.I.F., a consortium of music academies operating in Naples, Italy, and the surrounding region.