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APSU presents “The Beatles to Bluegrass: An Evening of Virtuoso Guitar”

The Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts presents “The Beatles to Bluegrass: An Evening of Virtuoso Guitar,” featuring world renowned guitarists Stanley Yates, Mir Ali, and Richard Smith, on Friday, May 28th, at 7:00 pm in the Trahern Theatre located on Eighth Street on the campus of Austin Peay.

All proceeds from this concert will go toward youth scholarships to attend the first APSU Summer Guitar Camp from June 28th to July 2nd.

To reserve advanced tickets, call (931) 221-7876, or tickets may be purchased at the door. Gold Tickets purchases must be reserved in advance.

$50.00 Gold Ticket (includes reception with the artists after the show)
$15.00 General Admission
$10.00 Students and Military Personnel

Dr. Stanley Yates, Professor of Music, directs guitar study at APSU. Recently elected to the Artistic Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, he has achieved wide recognition as virtuoso performer, recording artist, teacher, arranger and scholar. He is featured in the new edition of the important reference work, The Classical Guitar – Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800.

Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer Mir Ali has been described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as “an exceptional nylon string guitarist” and by NPR as “mesmerizing and hypnotic” Since winning his first guitar competition at the age of thirteen, Mir has been raising eyebrows of audiences and music critics around the globe with unique, expressive and dazzling performances. He is a fluent performer of flamenco guitar, an experienced jazz stylist, a trained practitioner of North Indian classical music, an award-winning classical guitarist, and a composer of music in several genres.

Beatles to Bluegrass

Richard Smith first met his hero, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to play with him on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. He played Chet’s arrangement of “Whispering,” and Chet played along with him. The audience was so enraptured with Richard that Chet asked him to play another tune. Chet sat in stunned silence while Richard played Chet’s arrangement of “Little Rock Getaway” – perfectly. Chet was too amazed to even play along! By the time he reached his early twenties, both Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed began to refer to Richard Smith as their “Hero.” Richard was the 2001 National Fingerstyle Guitar champion.

Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts

Christopher Burawa, Director
Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts
Austin Peay State University
PO Box 4666
Clarksville, TN 37044
Phone: (931) 221-7643

Visit the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts website at www.apsu.edu/creativearts!


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