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Bethlehem, Pa., June3, 2011-- Moravian College will host the 11th Annual Bethlehem Guitar Festival on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. Recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts. Featured performers are Woody Mann, a Martin guitar artist who specializes in fingerstyle, particularly in the blues style, and Adam del Monte, one of the world's leading flamenco guitarists. Mann performs at 8 p.m. Friday in Foy Hall. Del Monte performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in Peter Hall. Tickets to each concert are $20; $15 seniors and students.
Mann is renowned both as a performer and as a teacher. He received his first musical schooling in the living room of the Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel, and ragtime guitarist. Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace.
Saturday will feature a marathon of concerts, workshops, master classes and vendors. Kicking things off at 9 a.m. Saturday will be local 12-year-old classical guitar prodigy Thomas Pfefer, performing with local violinist Greg Gennaro. Workshops include "Building Your Own Guitar" (Martin Guitar Custom Shop, Dan Brown) and "Fingerstyle Techniques" (Woody Mann). Del Monte will give a master class. Other performers are Candice Mowbray and Rosa Hyewon Lee, classical guitar; the duo of Sharon Rhinesmith and Thomas Smith, mezzo-soprano and classical guitar, and Trevor Gordon Hall, fingerstyle. For the schedule, visit http://www.guitarfestival.moravian.edu.
Tickets for Saturday's full program are $60; $45, seniors and students ($5 off without the Del Monte concert). The festival is presented by C.F. Martin & Co. and the classical guitar program at Moravian. For more information, go to http://www.guitarfestival.moravian.edu.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College's Web site at www.moravian.edu.