Thursday, January 18, 2007

Dynamic Duo (Guitar Duo, That Is) to Wow the Crowd at Washington College, January 27

Chestertown, MD, January 18, 2007 — Newman & Oltman, a guitar duo hailed by the New York Times as "fresh, hot and headed for fame," will perform at Washington College's Norman James Theatre on Saturday, January 27, at 8 p.m.

Increasingly recognized as one of America's foremost instrumental ensembles, Newman & Oltman have been featured in People magazine, on "Larry King Live" and on National Public Radio. Michael Newman and Laura Oltman's concert tours have taken them from the Queen Elizabeth 2 to Carnegie Hall, from Rome to Seoul, from London to Tahiti—in all, to 49 states, to Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, Canada, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

Newman & Oltman's CDs have garnered widespread praise. The Washington Post declared their music "a revelation to hear." Billboard crowned a Newman & Oltman recording with the coveted "Critics' Choice" honorific. "A triumph on all accounts," said Soundboard. "The pair's Vulcan-mind-meld delivery is downright astonishing," raved Guitar Player. The New York Daily News described one of the duo's discs as "doubtless the greatest guitar record yet made."

Acclaimed as innovators in the chamber music field, Newman & Oltman have collaborated with such diverse artists as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), "Riverdance" violin sensation Eileen Ivers, the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, Marvin Hamlisch, and various others from the classical, folk, Celtic, and world-music spheres.

Norman James Theatre is located in William Smith Hall. Reservations are strongly recommended for the January 27 performance, presented as part of the Washington College 2006-2007 concert series. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students and youth 18 and under. For tickets and more information, call 410-778-7839.

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