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Internationally renowned classical guitarist delights with five centuries of music at U of M
For release: Sept. 19, 2006
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On October 18, the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis in tandem with the University of Memphis Classical Guitar Society welcomes acclaimed classical guitarist Carlos Pérez in recital. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. central in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Avenue.

Called "a master guitarist with true star quality" and "a genius of transcription" by Classical Guitar magazine, Chilean virtuoso Pérez is a rising star in the classical guitar world. He has been awarded top honors in numerous international guitar competitions including Venezuela's Alirio Díaz in 1996, France's René Bartoli in 1997, Belgium's Printemps de la Guitare in 1998, Forum Gitarre in Austria and Fundacion Guerrero in Spain (both in 2000), and, most recently, the 2006 Joaquin Rodrigo Competition in Madrid. He has also performed both solo and with orchestras in more than 20 countries throughout Europe as well as North and South America. His most recent of four recordings is "Hechizos", a disc of contemporary Latin American music for the guitar featuring the title work by Chilean composer Mauricio Arenas, a piece that won first prize in the composition arm of the 2003Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition.

Pérez's solo recital at U of M will span the centuries in works ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque lute mastery of John Dowland and Bach respectively to Spanish and South American chestnuts by Pujol and Barrios to the aforementioned award-winning modernity of Hechizos.

In addition to his concert, Pérez will offer a master class on October 19 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., also in Harris Concert Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public. Call 678-5400 for more information. Photos are available at http://carlosperez.cl/presskit.htm.

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