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UofL’s first Guitar Festival and Competition features concerts, prizes

by John Chamberlain last modified Jun 21, 2010 12:56 PM

April 26, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some of the nation’s leading classic guitarists will gather May 28 - 31 at the inaugural Guitar Festival and Competition at the UofL School of Music. 


The four-day festival will feature guest artist concerts, master classes on technique and artistic development, lectures, a youth guitar orchestra and an international competition with a first prize of $1,000.


Stephen Mattingly, UofL guitar instructor and festival director, said that the festival is open to all enthusiasts and playing levels.


“A festival is a great way to assemble artists to collaborate and learn from each other, in a fun, but intensive setting,” said Mattingly. “Classic guitars and related music are diverse in both instrument and style. Baroque, lute, six-string and eight-string guitars will be featured in the concerts by artists who play different types of music from Renaissance to present day, including classical, jazz, folk, Latin and flamenco styles.”


Concerts will be held in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music, on UofL’s Belknap Campus. Highlights include:


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Tantalus Quartet, an ensemble whose repertoire includes renaissance through modern, 8 p.m., Friday, May 28


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Dieter Hennings, guitar, and David Walker, Baroque guitar, 4 p.m., and Jason Vieaux, traditional classic guitar, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 29


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Competition finalists, 4 p.m., (free) and William Yelverton, classic guitar and Renaissance lute, 8 p.m., Sunday, May 30


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Participants’ concert, 3 p.m., (free) Monday, May 31


            Concert tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. General registration fee for participants is $100 for the festival and $30 for the competition. Tickets and registration can be purchased at the School of Music or by calling 502-852-6907. For more information visit


For more information about the festival and competition, contact Mattingly at 502-852-5607,


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