A&E / Campus

Guitar Arts Concert Series promises a delightful musical experience

by Ryan Barrera
Staff Writer

California State University Bakersfield Guitar Arts Concert Series kicks off its fourth year with featured guitarist, Isaac Bustos on Oct. 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

According to the press release, Bustos will present a dynamic program of music by Albéniz, Piazzolla, Scarlatti, Rodrigo, Giuliani and more.

The Guitar Arts Concert Series is now in its fourth season, and has featured over 20 artists. The CSUB Music Department and the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center and KGET TV-17 sponsors the Concert Series.

According to CSUB lecturer Jim Scully, a composer and the coordinator for this event, the Concert Series is designed to bring together students with what they love, music and playing the guitar.

“The CSUB Guitar Arts Series produces four events a year featuring guitarists from around the world.   Guitar Day is an annual outreach event where we invite 100 plus student guitarists from the region to our campus for a day of performances, rehearsals and discussion on the guitar,” said Scully.

Bustos is just one of the upcoming guitarists the Concert Series will feature. He is an educator and performer, who has a Bachelor of Music degree and has won numerous awards for his music. Bustos currently teaches at Texas A&M University. Butos’ performance can be seen in the Music Building 127 at 7:30 p.m.

Another performer CSUB students can expect to see in coming months is LeChic Duo; this duo is made up of Iren Arutyunyan and Sofia Gleeson and specializes in classical music. They met at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California, studying guitar in 2009 and in 2010 formed LeChic Duo. Their performance can be seen on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Doré Theatre.

A month later, the Concert Series will feature Paul Bowman a guitarist who is paving the way for modern music with the guitar and 50 modern composers have written works for him. Bowman has earned a bachelor and master’s degree of music in classical guitar performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and a degree in Contemporary Performance from the University of California, San Diego. His performance will take place on Feb. 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Music Building 127.

“Students will hear music played at a high level by a world-renowned artists.  They will be amazed at the versatility of the guitar.  Classical guitar music asks a lot of the performer.  It’s at times athletic and at times lyric and restful, but it is never boring,” said Scully.

Tickets are on sale now and are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for general admission, respectively and can be bought online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com

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