Friday, October 19, 2007

Guitar Virtuoso Alex de Grassi to Perform at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Concert Series continues its 2007-2008 season with a performance by Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi at the Norman James Theatre on Saturday, October 27, at 8 p.m.

Often cited as one of the world's top finger-style steel-string guitarists, Alex de Grassi brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a richly layered sound and sheer virtuosity. The Wall Street Journal has called his playing "flawless" and Billboard hails his "intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention."

De Grassi's trademark is an ability to create a highly orchestrated sound in his solo guitar music. His playing weaves together melody, counter-melody, bass, harmony, rhythm and cross-rhythms, creating a canvas of sound unheard of in a solo guitar performance.

His career has drawn acclaim for numerous recordings released by Windham Hill, RCA Novus, Tropo Records, 33rd Street and other labels, as well as for his live performances as a soloist and within ensemble settings. He has toured extensively on the concert circuit, performing in Europe, Japan and throughout North America, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Interlochen Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Belfast International Festival.

De Grassi was the subject for a PBS concert/television show, "Alex de Grassi: The Artist's Profile."

Now in its 56th season, the Washington College Concert Series will continue with performances by the flute/piano due "2" on February 2, 2008; the Cambodian Classics Ensemble on March 2, 2008; and harpist Elizabeth Hainen on April 26, 2008. Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15 for adults and $5 for youth and students. Season tickets are available. For more ticket information and a 2007-2008 season brochure, call 410/778-7839.

October 19, 2007

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