The Chico State Guitar Ensemble will hold their annual Spring concert Friday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Roland-Taylor Recital Hall. The concert, entitled “Closer to the Heart,” will feature students of classical guitar performing in solos, duos, and in a large ensemble.
The 15-member group will explore repertoire from classic to contemporary, performing arrangements and original works for guitar ensemble “that are interesting, fun, and musically expressive,” noted concert coordinator Tobin Roye, Department of Music and Theatre faculty member.
The program for Closer to the Heart follows a contemporary theme and features music of many living composers. Selections include a greasy blues tune, “Dugout Blues” by Eric Alan Foster; an energetic and rhythmic neo-classical work titled “Guitarchestra No. 3” by Mark Houghton; a ballad-like impressionistic piece, “Sapphire,” Thierry Tisserand; and Roye’s “Maze.”
Also on tap will be several traditiona/classical guitar works, including “Passacaglia” by Silvius Leopold Weiss; “Funeral March” by Fernando Sor; “Etude No. 1” by Heitor Villa-Lobos; and “Invention No. 8” by J.S. Bach.
The concert will conclude with a rendition of the classic epic rock song “Closer to the Heart” written by Rush, a progressive rock trio that will be inducted this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“The thematic idea of this concert is one of human aspiration,” said Roye. “The basic message of the concert is simple. — to ‘mold a new reality-closer to the heart.’ In a complex and technologically driven world, the message is apt. Heart felt music provides us an opportunity to expand our capacity to feel, and to rediscover what it means to be human.”
Advance tickets, at $15 adult, $13 seniors, and $6 students/children, are available at the University Box Office, 898-6333. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door. For disability-related seating accommodations, please call 898-6333. Seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.