Fes­tival to fea­ture per­for­mances by Angel Romero, Eliot Fisk, Wu Man

Boston Gui­tar­Fest is the most exciting and inno­v­a­tive guitar fes­tival to emerge in the new mil­len­nium. From June 10 — 15, 2008, the third edi­tion of Boston Gui­tar­Fest, a joint pro­duc­tion of New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, will fea­ture a daz­zling array of events and world renowned per­formers Angel Romero, Eliot Fisk, and Wu Man, to delight gen­eral audi­ences, ama­teurs and pro­fes­sionals alike.

Gui­tar­Fest is a con­cen­trated guitar insti­tute con­sisting of con­certs, master classes, work­shops, lec­tures, guitar com­pe­ti­tion, and a com­po­si­tion com­pe­ti­tion, attracting aficionados and pro­fes­sionals from around the world. The Fes­tival is led by visionary guitar vir­tuoso and Gui­tar­Fest Artistic Director Eliot Fisk of NEC, and Admin­is­tra­tive Director and com­poser Anthony Paul De Ritis, of North­eastern University.

This fes­tival is not just about the clas­sical guitar, the idea is to open some win­dows onto some other lan­guages of music,” states Eliot Fisk. “What I love about the guitar is that it can be so many dif­ferent things. Every time I pick up the guitar, I dis­cover some pos­si­bility I didn’t know existed… there is an infi­nite number of possibilities!”

North­eastern is excited to partner with NEC on this inter­na­tional musical event,” said De Ritis, Chair of the Music Depart­ment at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Gui­tar­Fest will give North­eastern the oppor­tu­nity to show­case the strengths of its music industry and music com­po­si­tion pro­grams with the same incred­ible energy, vision and spirit that Eliot Fisk and NEC bring to performance.”

A gala con­cert on Sat­urday, June 14, will fea­ture cel­e­brated gui­tarists Eliot Fisk and Angel Romero at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Details for all events, including infor­ma­tion on pur­chasing tickets may be found at www​.boston​gui​tar​fest​.org.

All con­certs will be per­formed at New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory, including:

Tuesday, June 10, at 8:00 p.m. “Music of Spain: Past, Present, and Future” With Ricardo Gallén (Spain), Richard Savino (USA) and El Mundo (Jordan Hall)

Wednesday, June 11, at 8:00 p.m. “India and China” with Peter Row, sitar and Wu Man, Chi­nese pipa (Williams Hall)

Thursday, June 12, at 8:00 p.m. “North Meets South” with Adam Holzman (USA) and Luis Orlan­dini (Chile) (Williams Hall)

Friday, June 13, at 8:00 p.m. “Moder­nity Past and Present” with David Tanen­baum (USA) and John Gib­bons, harp­si­chord (Williams Hall)

Sat­urday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m. “Boston Guitar Fest Fea­tured Con­cert” with Angel Romero (USA/​Spain) and Eliot Fisk (USA) (Jordan Hall)

Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Gui­tar­Fest 2008 Com­pe­ti­tion Finals—featuring the win­ners of our week-​​long guitar com­pe­ti­tion (Jordan Hall)

Ticket Infor­ma­tion

JORDAN HALL CONCERTS
$20 and $10 ($8 for stu­dents with ID)
Avail­able at the Jordan Hall Box Office (617) 585‑1260. The Box Office is located at 30 Gains­bor­ough Street, in the lobby of Jordan Hall, and is open from 10:00 am-6:00 pm Monday-​​Friday, and from 12:00 pm-6:00 pm on Sat­ur­days. The Box Office is also open 90 min­utes before the start of any tick­eted Jordan Hall per­for­mance for sale of that event only.

WILLIAMS HALL CONCERTS

Evening Con­certs: $20/$10 (evening con­certs); $8 for stu­dents with ID

After­noon Con­certs: $8

Avail­able at the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Box Office in advance, or at the door (cash and check only at the door). The NU Box office is located in the lobby of the Blackman Audi­to­rium, 360 Hunt­ington Avenue, Boston, MA, or you may call 617–373-4700 or visit http://​www​.gonu​.com/​t​i​c​k​e​t​s​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​s​h​tml on the web.

Both venues are hand­i­capped accessible.

PASSES

Dis­counted passes to mul­tiple events are avail­able, ranging from $210 to audit all fes­tival events, to day passes for $80 each. Full infor­ma­tion is avail­able at www​.boston​gui​tar​fest​.org.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.

About New Eng­land Conservatory

Rec­og­nized nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally as a leader among music schools, New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory offers rig­orous training in an inti­mate, nur­turing com­mu­nity to 750 under­grad­uate, grad­uate, and doc­toral music stu­dents from around the world. Its fac­ulty of 225 boasts inter­na­tion­ally esteemed artist-​​teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, con­cert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording stu­dios, and arts man­age­ment posi­tions world­wide. Nearly half of the Boston Sym­phony Orchestra is com­posed of NEC trained musi­cians and faculty.

The oldest inde­pen­dent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its cur­riculum is remark­able for its wide range of styles and tra­di­tions. On the col­lege level, it fea­tures training in clas­sical, jazz, con­tem­po­rary impro­vi­sa­tion, world and early music. Through its Prepara­tory School, School of Con­tin­uing Edu­ca­tion, and Com­mu­nity Col­lab­o­ra­tion Pro­grams, it pro­vides training and per­for­mance oppor­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren, pre-​​college stu­dents, adults, and seniors. Through its out­reach projects, it allows young musi­cians to engage with non-​​traditional audi­ences in schools, hos­pi­tals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing plea­sure to new lis­teners and enlarging the uni­verse for clas­sical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free con­certs each year in Jordan Hall, its world-​​renowned, 100-​​year old, beau­ti­fully restored con­cert hall. These pro­grams range from solo recitals to chamber music to orches­tral pro­grams to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies depart­ment also presents two fully staged opera pro­duc­tions at the Cutler Majestic The­atre in Boston.