Guitar is the focus of a month-long series of free concerts, recitals and master classes at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music:
Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m. Faculty recital in Bliss Recital Hall featuring Francois Fowler, guitar, and Caroline Oltmanns, piano. The recital features an original composition by Fowler as well as selections by Bach and Mertz. The second half of the recital will showcase Oltmanns, performing Beethoven and Debussy.
Tuesday, April 9. A guest artist recital and master class featuring Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach, winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition. The master class is at 9 a.m. in Bliss Hall Room 2222, and the recital is at 8 p.m. in Bliss Recital Hall. As a first place winner in more than 10 of the most important international competitions (Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece and Italy), Gorbach’s most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition has earned him a 50-city concert tour of the United States, Mexico and Canada, with additional appearances in Brazil and China.
Friday, April 12, noon. A master class conducted by veteran guitarist Joe Negri in Room 2222, Bliss Hall, includes performances by several Dana guitar students and duos. One of the most recognized names in Pittsburgh guitar circles, Negri was known to millions of children as Handyman Negri on the PBS show “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” As a composer, he has written music for many documentary film scores.
Thursday, April 18, 8 p.m. The Dana Guitar Ensembles perform in Bliss Recital Hall, featuring classical and contemporary with selections from Gershwin, Bach, Gismonti and Porter.
Wednesday, April 24, 12:15 p.m. The Dana Guitar Ensembles perform a Music at Noon concert in the Butler Institute of American Art, featuring individual, duo and quartet performances.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking for events in Bliss Hall is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call 330-941-3636.