Southeastern schedules annual Guitar Festival

Friday, March 6, 2015 Robert Wetzel
by: Tonya Lowentritt

GUITAR ENSEMBLE - Southeastern Louisiana University will host the 16th annual Guitar Festival with programs scheduled in March and April. Guitar Festival Guest Artist Robert Wetzel is scheduled to give a masterclass on March 27 and a performance on March 28. All events are free and open to the public.

HAMMOND – Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras, as well as music from Louisiana composers, will be the focus of the 16th annual Southeastern Louisiana University Guitar Festival.

"It is a testament to the university's mission that we have been able to present this festival for 16 consecutive years," said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and festival coordinator. "The goal is to offer students and the community a venue which showcases the guitar's versatility and scope in our diverse modern music culture."

Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, the Southeastern Guitar Club, Dr. Ted's Musician's Center of Hammond, Jody Mayeux's Music Shop of Walker, and Stan Hebert's Music Shoppe, the festival will launch March 11 with a solo performance by Kerber and will run through April 20.

All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled as follows.

• March 11, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Kerber will perform his own composition, "Mississippi Suite," and J.S. Bach's "Suite BWV 1009."

• March 27, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall; Masterclass by festival guest artist Robert Wetzel of the University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University who will instruct Southeastern guitar students in an informal performance setting.

• March 28, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Wetzel performs a solo recital featuring music by J.S. Bach, Granados, Debussy and Ravel.

• April 15, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; The Southeastern Guitar Ensemble performs music arranged and composed for two, three, four and ten guitars, featuring music by Corelli, Telemann, Kerber and Still.

• April 20, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Performance Circle, All Styles Night on the Circle – Under the April Stars; Southeastern students and local area guitarists perform a program of jazz, classical, pop and original music. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to Pottle Recital Hall.

For more information contact Kerber at 985-549-2886, or



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