CSU Bringing Prestigious Guitar Convention to RiverCenter

COLUMBUS, Ga.- About 400 guitarists, including many of the world's best, will gather in Columbus Oct. 10-15 for the Guitar Foundation of America's 2006 Convention and Competition, hosted by Columbus State Universitys Schwob School of Music.

The event at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts is the most prestigious of its kind in North America for classical guitar, said CSU guitar professor Andrew Zohn, who is directing this years conference.

Top performers from around the world will be featured in Legacy Hall performances throughout the conference. Zohn notes a world-class roster of performers, including a pair of Grammy winners David Russell and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Assad Brothers, who have recorded a pair of CDs with Yo-Yo Ma.

An Opening Gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 will feature guitarists Jason Vieaux, Denis Azabagic, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, plus the Fredonia (N.Y.) Chamber Singers and CSU Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andre Gaskins.

Tickets for the opening event and other concerts can be purchased from the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612, at $17 per afternoon shows and $27 per evening performance.

Alternatively, $65 daily passes can be purchased on site, covering all master classes, lectures and performances.

Free attractions will include a guitar vendors fair throughout the conference in the RiverCenters large ensemble rooms, plus semifinal (Friday afternoon) and final (Sunday afternoon) rounds of the foundations International Solo Competition, featuring a $7,500 first prize and a GFA-sponsored CD recording and 60-plus concert tour throughout North America.

Zohn was a two-time bronze medalist in the GFA competition in 1992 and 1993, and two of his students, Mark Edwards and Robert Sharpe, are in this years field. Each has won prizes in national and international competitions earlier this year.

Founded in 1973, the Guitar Foundation of America is North Americas leading guitar organization and the largest multinational guitar organization, providing guitarists worldwide with a full range of educational, literary and performance resources and opportunities.

Zohn said the foundation selected CSU and Columbus to host the event based on the attractiveness of the RiverCenter venue and a recent string of successful Guitar Symposiums hosted annually in February by the Schwob School of Music.

For more information, call Zohn at 706-649-7295 or the Schwob School of Music at 706-649-7287, or view a complete description and schedule for the entire conference at http://www.guitarfoundation.org/gfacompetition.htm.

Oct. 10-15 Performance Schedule(all in Legacy Hall)

Tuesday - Opening Gala, 7:30 p.m., $27
Wednesday - Elliot Frank and Mary Akerman, 1 p.m., $17
Wednesday - Jeffrey McFadden and Patrick Kearney, 3:30 p.m., $17
Wednesday - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m., $27
Thursday - Richard Todd and Duo Erato, 1 p.m., $17
Thursday - Steven Aron and Stephen Robinson, 3:30 p.m. $17
Thursday - Eduardo Fernandez, 7:30 p.m. $27
Friday - International Solo Competition semifinal rounds, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m.
Friday - Adam Holzman, 7:30 p.m., $17
Saturday - Jerome Ducharme and Arc Duo, 1 p.m., $17
Saturday - SoloDuo and Stones River Chamber Players, 3:30 p.m., $17
Saturday - David Russell, 7:30 p.m., $27
Sunday - International Solo Competition final round, 3:30-5 p.m.
Sunday - The Assads, 7:30 p.m., $27