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Segovia Classical Guitar Series to Feature International Artists

For more than a decade, the Northwestern University School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society have collaborated in presenting the annual Segovia Classical Guitar Series, known for outstanding artistry and compelling repertoire.

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December 12, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- For more than a decade, the Northwestern University School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society have collaborated in presenting the annual Segovia Classical Guitar Series, known for outstanding artistry and compelling repertoire.

The 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series season, which begins Jan. 13 and concludes May 11, is no exception. The five-concert series that will be held on the Evanston campus this winter and spring, will celebrate the guitar in its myriad incarnations with performances by international artists from Spain, the United States, Italy, Greece and Japan.

All concerts will be held on Northwestern University's Evanston campus at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, as noted below.

Subscribers who purchase tickets for all five 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series concerts for $88 ($80 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff); and $40 for students with valid identification), will save up to 20 percent off single ticket prices (listed below) and receive first choice of available seats. Single tickets go on sale Dec. 6.

Renowned classical guitarist Pepe Romero will launch the series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Romero's contributions to his field have placed him in worldwide demand and have inspired distinguished composers to write pieces expressly for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo and Pepe's father, Celeodnio Romero. Pepe Romero, along with his father and brothers, created what is now the world's premier classical guitar ensemble -- Los Romeros. He received the Premio Andalucia de Musica prize, his native Spain's highest recognition for contribution to the arts. Tickets for Pepe Romero's concert are $28 for the general public; $25 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $12 for students.

La Maestranza, an ensemble founded in Spain in 1994 by esteemed guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. This group of musicians, which include a flutist, clarinetist, violist, cellist, double bassist, vocalist and guitarist, is well versed in the styles of classical, tango, flamenco and contemporary music. La Maestranza has toured throughout the Middle East and Europe since its debut at the IX Bienal Internacional de Arte Flamenco in Seville. Artistic director Gallardo del Rey was recently hailed by “Classical Guitar” magazine as the “guitarist of his generation.” Tickets are $25 for the general public; $21 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $10 for students.

American lutenist Paul O'Dette will present “A Bach Recital” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Northwestern University's Lutkin Hall. O'Dette is the artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival and an expert in his field. Also a scholar, he has extensively studied performance, practice and sources for 17th century Italian and English solo song, continuo playing and lute technique. His recitals, recordings of solo lute music and frequent radio and television broadcasts have delighted early music audiences for decades. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

Perennial Segovia Series favorite -- Italy's Oscar Ghiglia -- will return to Northwestern's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, with celebrated Greek guitarist Elena Papandreou. Ghiglia began assisting with Segovia master classes in Berkeley, Calif., in 1964 and has enjoyed an unparalleled career as one of the world's most distinguished guitarists and preeminent teachers. Papandreou made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 and has toured the world and recorded numerous compact discs. Together, these two eloquent guitarists will present a program of works by Bach, Sor, Dyens and Koshkin. Single tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for Northwestern faculty and staff and senior citizens; and $8 for students.

The final concert of the 2006-07 Segovia Classical Guitar Series will feature the Chicago-area debut of one of Japan's most dynamic artists, Shin-ichi Fukuda. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Lutkin Hall. Fukuda, winner of the prestigious Paris International Guitar Competition in 1981, has garnered acclaim from all regions of the globe for his exceptional musicianship, rhythmic flair and tonal coloration. He frequently gives recitals in major venues throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States and has released more than 50 compact discs. During his May 11 appearance, he will perform the Chicago-area debut of Leo Brouwer's “The Harp and the Shadow: Homage to Toru Takemitsu” (dedicated to Fukuda), as well as works by Enrique Granados and Mauro Giuliani. Tickets for Shin-ichi Fukuda's performance are $19 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students.

To purchase a series subscription or single tickets, call the Pick-Staiger box office at (847) 467-4000 or visit <www.pickstaiger.com>.