Classical Guitar Concert free to everyone

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When most people think guitar, they think of country music or rock, said Music Professor Terry Isaacs. Classical guitar produces a different variety of tones that listeners can find at the Classical Guitar Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 in Room 132 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Isaacs said classical fingerpicking creates a unique sound — different than most other genres of music.

“If you really listen to the music, you can hear multiple instruments in it,” he said. “You can hear all the different tones.”

Most of the music will be from 16th through 18th century guitar composers, such as Fernando Sor, Matteo Carcassi, Mauro Giuliani. A few Beethoven songs also will be part of the mix, Isaacs said.

Eight students will perform in the concert, ranging from 10 years old to 65 years old, two of those students having played since age five.

“You’re going to see all different levels of classical guitar players from the beginners to the advanced,” he said.

Isaacs said a recent OCCC concert performance by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and local artist Edgar Cruz have piqued further interest in classical guitar — and for good reason. He said the way the guitar is played, it sounds as though more than one guitarist is on stage.

“In some of these pieces, if you close your eyes, you’ll hear two or three guitars,” he said. “But it’s actually only one guitar being played.”

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend, Isaacs said. For more information, contact the Arts Division at 405-686-6278.

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