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A two-time Grammy winner kicked off Grand Rapids Community College’s 2013-14 International Guitar Series next month.
GRCC has been organizing the series of guitar performances for more than two decades.
“The GRCC International Guitar Series presents outstanding guitar performances by seasoned veterans as well as today’s rising stars in the international guitar performance world,” said music professor Brian Morris.
“Each year, the series features concerts by distinguished touring guitarists — including the yearly winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition, winners of other guitar competitions such as the U.S. National Fingerstyle Competition and Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Superstar Competition, as well as other internationally acclaimed performers and recording artists.”
On Thursday, Oct. 3, two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings (with whom he earned a Grammy), world-renowned virtuoso, composer and arranger played in Grand Rapids. Mr. Juber fuses folk, jazz and pop styles to create a multifaceted performance. He can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal, and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as “Home Improvement” and on movies that include “Dirty Dancing” and “Pocahontas.” His music also is featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary “The Tenth Inning.”
Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. — The Cavatina Duo consists of flutist Eugenia Moliner from Spain and guitarist Denis Azabagic from Bosnia. Their repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. They have electrified audiences at Ravinia in Chicago, the Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival in France, and National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, among many others.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. — Gideon Whitehead, a GRCC alumnus, has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and at the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition. During the 2012-13 concert season, he appeared in collaboration with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. Mr. Whitehead is committed to serving the community through his music and often performs for residents at retirement living centers and nursing homes and to kids at schools.
Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. — Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Rovshan Mamedkuliev won the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition and has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions in Europe, as well.
“I am grateful for the honor to help present these awesome concerts and workshops for our students, faculty and community members,” Morris said.
All concerts will be held in the Recital Hall (room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at Ransom Avenue and Lyon Street. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp for $1 with a guest parking voucher sold at the door. Call 234-3940 for further information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who anticipate needing disability related accommodations, auxiliary aids, or who have questions about physical access are encouraged to call GRCC Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of the event.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.