Petrit Çeku (GPD ’11, Guitar) will be the featured classical artist in the “Night of the Proms” concerts on mainland Europe. Çeku will be the featured classical performer in 21 concerts, each with audience in the tens of thousands. The music will be a mix of symphonic and pop music performing together.
Lukasz Kuropaczewski (GPD ’05, Guitar) and Petrit Ceku (GPD ’11, Guitar) have both been appointed faculty members at Kunst Universität Graz in Austria. Kuropaczewski has been appointed Professor in Guitar, and Ceku Professor in Chamber Music Guitar. Kuropaczewski’s position will begin in September 2018 and Ceku’s in September 2019.
Ben Lougheed (BM ’13, Guitar) will once again serve as director for the Florida Guitar Festival. The festival is a weekend long event that includes concerts, masterclasses, lectures, workshops, a guitar orchestra, and a four-division competition that will run from October 5-7, 2018 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.
Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, MM ’16, AD ‘18, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Ensemble) and Yameng Wang (MM ’08, GPD ’11, Guitar) are the Beijing Guitar Duo, and they are giving an Australian tour which was reviewed in The Australian and Limelight, Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine. In the three remaining dates of their tour, they will visit Melbourne on August 16, Sydney on August 17, and Canberra on August 20. For more information on their tour, visit the Beijing Guitar Duo website.
José Manuel Lezcano (BM ’81, Guitar) performed a solo recital on June 29, 2018 of Iberoamerican works for guitar, at Convento de San Agusti, by invitation of the Barcelona Festival of Song. He also rehearsed and performed with student and professional singers at the festival, which is dedicated to the performance and dissemination of art-songs in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and indigenous American languages. Dr. Lezcano was also invited to give a lecture recital at the international Animamusic Congresso de Organologia, in Caldas de Reinha, Portugal, July 7, 2018; “The Guitar in Spain: Musical Reflections of a Turbulent History.” He performed complete works and excerpts from 500 years of Spanish guitar repertory, contextualizing the guitar as an instrument that reflects the main currents of Spain’s turbulent history, including the Inquisition, the Peninsular Wars, the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), and how composers were affected, exiled, or silenced.