A festival tradition, alumni are often invited to participate in the festival. This year Paul Masinelli returns to RU. He is a singer, songwriter and performer based in Memphis.
Also on the bill is a concert by the Youth/Community Guitar Orchestra. This encompasses very young Suzuki students ranging from age 6 to middle and high school students, RU students and adults from the community. Their only rehearsal as a group is an hour before the performance and takes place in front of the public.
Since starting the festival in 2001, Trent has seen the festival grow. From having two artists perform and do master classes for just RU students, it has become more inclusive and exposes students and the community to some of the best performers in the world.
As Trent concludes, “It should demonstrate the range of guitar and guitar-related instrumental performance (solo, ensemble, Lute, Flamenco, Venezuelan Cuatro), repertoire and teaching, and make all of this available to the community of southwestern Virginia. I’m proud to say that we regularly have visitors from New York state to South Carolina!”
The Festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, and continues throughout Saturday, April 5. All events are in the Performance Hall of the Covington Center. Admission is free. To view the schedule and event information, please visit the Guitar Festival Website.
For more information, call the RU Department of Music at (540) 831-5177.