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Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux opens Wake Forest Secrest season

August 23, 2007

Renowned classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform the opening concert for Wake Forest University’s 2007-2008 Secrest Artists Series season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Brendle Recital Hall. 

In conjunction with the concert, Patricia Dixon, senior lecturer and guitar instructor in the Wake Forest music department, will give a pre-performance Secrest Signature talk at 6:40 p.m. in Room 208 of Scales Fine Arts Center.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $15 senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and $5 for children under 12.  Tickets are available at the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m.

Recognized as one of today’s top classical guitarists, Vieaux is an award-winning performer and recording artist who performs for solo, chamber and concerto appearances widely in the United States, Europe and the Far East.  His program will include “Five Songs in Baroque Style,” by American jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny, Bach’s “Lute Suite 3,” and pieces from Leo Brower, Manuel Ponce and Isaac Albeniz.

One reviewer has described Vieaux as an artist who produces an orchestra of sound, making “the single guitar seem like a body of instruments at work.” 

Vieaux has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Auckland Philharmonia, and San Diego Symphony. 

He is the youngest first prize winner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and has been honored as an Artistic

Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia.

He has eight recordings to his credit and a multi-record deal with Azica Records.  His latest release, “Images of Metheny,” is a disc of music by Pat Metheny.  He plans to release a solo CD of Bach lute works in December 2007. 

Vieaux’s recordings and live performances are heard nationally on the radio and worldwide via the Internet.  He is regularly broadcast on National Public Radio on programs such as “Performance Today,” “All Things Considered,” and “Morning Edition.” 

Head of the guitar department at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, he is the youngest person to serve as a department head at the conservatory.  


Other Secrest Series events this season include:

Time for Three (Tf3), 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Brendle Recital Hall

A string trio that combines country/western and bluegrass styles, jazz and improvisation and classical style to perform unique works from Brahms to the Beatles. 

“Top Secret:  The Battle for the Pentagon Papers,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18, 2008, Wait Chapel.   

A theatrical event by L.A. Theatre Works starring Stacey Keach that tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study documenting the United States’ involvement in Vietnam.

“An Evening with Evelyn Glennie,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2008, Wait Chapel.

A collaborative partnership between the Secrest Series and the Winston-Salem Symphony featuring percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Apollo’s Fire, 7:30 p.m. March 5, 2008, Wait Chapel.

A concert with the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, featuring guest soloist and soprano Jennifer Larmore.

Season tickets for the Secrest Artists Series are $100 and are available through the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office.  Individual performance tickets and group discounts are also available.  Performances are free of charge to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. 

For ticket information, call (336) 758-5295.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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