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International Array of Artists to Perform

2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series gets underway Jan. 15

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December 6, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas will perform Saturday, Jan. 15. Photo by Javier Valdez.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A new generation of prize-winning artists from around the globe will perform on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus during the 2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series.

The five-concert series begins Jan. 15 and runs through April 9 and is presented by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and supported in part by the Chicago Classical Guitar Society.

These fresh faces include Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas, Polish virtuoso Marcin Dylla, Italian artists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli who are appearing together as SoloDuo, and China’s Beijing Guitar Duo, comprised of Meng Su and Yameng Wang. Two renowned and experienced Americans -- soprano Ellen Hargis and lutenist Paul O’Dette -- also will perform together.

All Segovia Series events will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Subscriptions for the five-concert series, which include a savings of up to 10 percent off single-ticket prices, are $98 for the general public; $85 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $45 for students with valid ID. Single-ticket prices are listed below.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.

The 2011 Segovia Classical Guitar Series concerts will include:

• Saturday, Jan. 15 - Guitarist Berta Rojas, Paraguay’s “Ambassador of Tourism,” has appeared at celebrated venues throughout the world, including sold-out concerts at the South Bank Centre in London and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Rojas is a professor of guitar at George Washington University. Her program features music by South American composers, including selections from her albums “Terruno,” “Cielo Abierto” and “Intimate Barrios.” Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Saturday, Feb. 5 - Polish guitar virtuoso Marcin Dylla, winner of 19 first-prize awards from competitions throughout Europe and the United States, has appeared with major orchestras throughout the world. He has performed at virtually every major European and North American guitar festival. In 2006 he gave the world premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo’s newly discovered Toccata, written in 1933. Dylla’s 2008 release of works by Rodrigo, Tansman, Maw and Ponce reached the Naxos classical music label’s Top 10 Bestselling Albums list. Tickets are $21 for the general public; $18 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Tuesday, Feb. 22 - Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli will perform together as SoloDuo. Mela has released two solo albums and has made recital, television and radio appearances throughout Europe and North America. Micheli appears regularly as a soloist in recital and with orchestras worldwide. As SoloDuo, they have performed together throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Their recordings include works by de Fossa, de Lhoyer and Giuliani as well as 19th- and 20th-century music for two guitars. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Wednesday, March 16 – Soprano Ellen Hargis, one of America’s premier early music singers, will perform with Grammy Award-winning lutenist Paul O’Dette. Hargis is artist-in-residence with Chicago’s Newberry Consort and teaches at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and the Music Institute of Chicago. She has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Washington Choral Arts Society and Canada’s CBC Radio Orchestra. O’Dette is director of early music at the Eastman School of Music and artistic director of the Boston Early Music Festival. He has appeared at music festivals worldwide and is featured on more than 130 recordings, garnering five Grammy Award nominations. Hargis and O’Dette will perform 17th-century cantatas for soprano and theorbo (a long-necked lute developed during the 16th century) by Strozzi, Piccinini, Scarlatti and Cesti. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Saturday, April 9 – A program by the Beijing Guitar Duo, comprised of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, will conclude the Segovia series. Su has won top prizes at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Iserlohn International Guitar Competition. Wang became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12 and two years later performed at the Paris International Guitar Art Week. The two met at Beijing’s Central Conservatory and have toured worldwide since forming the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2008 at the Peabody Conservatory. The title work on the duo’s debut album, “Maracaipe,” was dedicated to Su and Wang by Brazilian master guitarist, composer and arranger Sergio Assad. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $19 for seniors, Northwestern faculty and staff, and Chicago Classical Guitar Society members; and $10 for full-time students with valid IDs.