Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Feb 06 2002

Renowned Guitarist to Feature Brazil

Athens, W.Va. - Recently returned from a seven city European tour, New York guitarist David Burgess will perform some of Brazil’s finest solo guitar music at Concord College on Tuesday, March 5, 2002 in the main theater of Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Praised by critics for his polished technique and flamboyant style, David Burgess has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East, as well as having recorded for CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage Society, Tritone and Athena Records. Formerly a student of Andres Segovia, he has won prizes in international guitar competitions in New York, Mexico City, Toronto and Munich. Over the past ten years, Mr. Burgess has taken numerous trips to Brazil, rediscovering guitar music from Brazil’s past, as well as finding many progressive contemporary Brazilian works.

Mr. Burgess began studying at the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City, with the pre-eminent Argentine guitarist, Manuel Lopez Ramos. He later earned a Diploma di Merito, while receiving a full scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Washington, he was appointed guitar instructor at both the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle.

In 1984, he was selected as the first recipient of the Andres Segovia Fellowship, after which he periodically received classes from Maestro Segovia until the Maestro’s death in 1987.

The program will include music by some of the finest Brazilian composers of all time: Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934), who transformed the tango into a fascinating style of Brazilian ragtime; Joao Pernambuco (1883-1947), who never completed elementary school, could not read or write, but composed some of the best loved Brazilian music from the 1920’s and 30’s; Pix Inguinha (1898-1973), the legendary band leader who performed throughout Brazil for more than fifty years; Radames Gnattali (1906-1988), who brilliantly combined classical, jazz and popular styles in his compositions; and of course Luiz Bonfa (b. 1992) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), the two best known composers of Bossa Nova.

Admission to the concert is adults, $5.00; senior citizens, $4.00; non-Concord students, $2.00. For more information call the Concord College box office at 1-304-384-5101.

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Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.

Keith Circle, a student in Concord College’s communication arts department wrote this press release. His hometown is Athens, W.Va.

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