HAMMOND � Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras, as well as music from Louisiana composers, will be the focus of this year's Southeastern Louisiana University Guitar Festival.
Sponsored by the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, the Southeastern Guitar Club, Jody Mayeux's Music Shop of Walker, and Dr. Ted's Musician's Center of Hammond, the festival was launched March 20 with a performance by guitar instructor and festival coordinator Patrick Kerber and will run through April 24. All events are free and open to the public.
"The festival will bring an eclectic mix of music for guitar to the campus that students, faculty, and the community typically would not have an opportunity to hear without traveling," Kerber said. "This is one of the primary goals of the festival both from an educational and an entertainment perspective."
On March 27 Cain Budds, assistant professor of guitar and music theory at Louisiana Tech University, will present a masterclass for Southeastern guitarists at 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, room 124. Budds will also present a solo recital that evening. The 7:30 p.m. recital in Pottle Auditorium will feature contemporary and classical Spanish music for solo guitar as well as new music from Australia and Louisiana-based composer Joshua Carver.
On April 10 David Bryan will present a concert of solo guitar music, music for two guitars, and two guitars with voice, featuring guest performers Soprano Jessica Davis Bryan and Kerber. The program will feature music from South America and Spanish music from the Baroque to the 20th century Spanish composers Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
The increasingly popular All Styles Night on the Circle will take place on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor Pottle Performance Circle, Kerber added. The concert will feature guitarists and musicians from the community, students, and non-music faculty performing jazz, classical, bluegrass, folk, pop, and original music in various combinations of guitars and other instruments. The event will move inside to Pottle Auditorium should inclement weather arise.
"This event has become a fixture in the festival, offering something for everyone," added Kerber.
The festival will close on April 24 with the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble. Featuring music from Latin America for guitar and violin, as well as for guitar trio and French music for guitar quartet, the concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
"A fitting close to the festival, Latin Tangos for violin and guitar, a German writing French party music, and a Frenchman composing passionate, and Spanish gypsy-inspired music � the ultimate mixed bag," Kerber said.
The full ensemble of 13 guitars will perform music from the German Baroque composer Telemann in the style of French "Burlesque" and selections from the Orchestral Suite from "Carmen" by French composer Georges Gizat.
For further information, contact Kerber at 985-549-2886 or email@example.com.