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Guitar Virtuoso Stanley Yates to give Free Concert at Austin Peay State University

APSU Guitar Professor Stanley Yates To Perform Free Concert

Stanley Yates
Stanley Yates

Clarksville TN – Internationally-renowned concert guitarist and APSU Professor of Music Dr. Stanley Yates will present a recital of solo and chamber music at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 27th in the Concert Theater of the Music-Mass Communication Building on the APSU campus.

His program will include solo guitar music by baroque composer Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Czech composer Stepan Rak, and Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell de Aquino.

The concert will also include the first modern performance of a recently-discovered early nineteenth-century adaption for violin, viola and guitar of Mozart’s popular opera ‘The Magic Flute,’ assisted by APSU violin professor Dr. Emily Hanna Crane and Nashville violist Michael O’Gieblyn.

Yates’ recent masterclass-teaching and concert performances have included trips to Romania, Australia and Italy. He also recently visited Bangladesh, where his masterclasses, lectures, and concert performances where among the first Western classical music events to be held there.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

About Stanley Yates

Stanley Yates
Stanley Yates

Performing to wide critical and audience ac­claim on both sides of the Atlantic, he has been praised by the English magazine Classical Guitar as “one of an elite breed of guitarists,” the Fort Worth Star Telegram for the “transcendent quality of his interpretative abilities,” the Italian magazine Suonare for his “musical instinct and brilliant technique.” He has been the subject of interviews, articles and extended reviews in many of the national and international guitar magazines including, Guitare Aktuel (Germany), Il fronimo (Italy), Fingerstyle (US), Fingerstyle Review (US), Teaching Guitar (US), Suonare (Italy), and Classical Guitar (England).

His recent transcription and recording of the Bach cello suites has received international attention, being described as “immaculate…a major landmark” (Classical Guitar, England), “elegant and persuasive…a transcription that makes history” (Suonare, Italy), “distinguished…refreshing” (Soundboard, USA), “compelling and technically flawless” (American Record Guide).

A past prize-winner in such prestigious per­formance competitions as the Myra Hess (London) and the Guitar Foundation of Amer­ica International Competition, he has per­formed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Re­cent appearances include the International Festivals of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Guitar Festival of Great Britain, the Lagonegro Contemporary Music Festival (Italy), the Rantucci Festival (New York), Piccolo Spoleto; the Appalachian Guitar Fest; and the international concert series of the Dallas and Fort Worth Guitar Societies, among many others.

A committed interpreter both of new music and of neglected masterpieces from the past, he has been dedicatee and first performer of music by such notable American and European guitar composers as Stepan Rak, Angelo Gilardino, John Duarte, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Mark Delpriora, Jim Piorkowski, Mark Houghton and Roger Hudson, and has reconstructed and given first modern performances of such important rediscovered works as Villa-Lobos’ Valsa Concerto No. 2 and the Shand Premier Concerto and late eighteenth-century concertos by Vidal, Doisy and Viotti.

His recordings for Reference Recordings, Heartdance Music, and Aeolian Recordings include his widely-acclaimed arrangements of the Bach Cello Suites, premiere recordings of major chamber works by John Rutter, Michael Fink and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a recent recording of music by Lennon and McCartney, and several didactic recordings.

His editions and arrangements are published by Mel Bay Publications in the Stanley Yates Series. This critically-acclaimed series in­cludes transcriptions of music by Bach and Albéniz; performance editions of collected concert works by Rak and Shand, and a series of didactic works. In addition, his performance articles dealing with the music of Bach and Villa-Lobos have been published internationally in six languages, appearing in such jour­nals as Il Fronimo, Guitarre & Laute, Gendai Guitar, 8 Sonoro, Soundboard, and Classical Guitar.

A much in-demand teacher, he has presented masterclasses and lectures at numerous festivals, colleges, universities and conservatories, including the Royal Academy of Music, London; and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. He is an advisory board member of both the Guitar Foundation of America and Guitar Forum – the Journal of the European Guitar Teachers’ Association.

British-born, Stanley received performer’s diplomas from Trinity College, London, and Sandown College of Performing Arts, Liver­pool (where he graduated with the highest pass in the history of the college). He also received post-graduate degrees from the University of Liverpool (with a distinction in performance) and the University of North Texas (where he was the only non-pianist ever to receive the Morgan Dissertation Award for Excellence in Music Performance).

Now a resident of the United States, he currently directs the guitar program at Austin Peay State University, home of Tennessee’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

About Dr. Emily Hanna Crane

Dr. Emily Hanna Crane
Dr. Emily Hanna Crane


Dr. Emily Hanna Crane joined Austin Peay State University in 2008 as the Coordinator of Orchestral Strings and Assistant Professor of Music.  She teaches violin, viola, chamber music, music appreciation, chamber music literature, and string methods.  Dr. Crane also teaches Suzuki and traditional violin through the Community School of the Arts, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.  She is the Director of APSU’s Honor Orchestra Festival and has been an active adjudicator, clinician, and sectional coach for summer festivals and honor orchestras.  Prior to APSU, Dr. Crane taught at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and held a large private violin studio in Tallahassee, FL.  She has also been an active free-lance musician in the Tennessee, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

Dr. Crane earned the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University where she studied violin with Eliot Chapo, Gary Kosloski, and Karen Clarke.  She earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Richard Luby.  Dr. Crane has also studied with Kenneth Goldsmith, Kevin Lawrence, Ernest Pereira, and Mary Jane Kirkendol.  She has also studied viola pedagogy with Pamela Ryan and Dana Meyer.

An avid performer, Dr. Crane has given concerts across North America, Taiwan, and Europe.  She is a member of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, a group of musicians specializing in the performance of masterworks that lack a traditional home in the repertoire.  As concertmaster of the GCO, Dr. Crane has played the solo violin part on a variety of works ranging from Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 6 (“Le Matin”) to Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 to Arnold Schönberg’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 9.  In November 2011 Dr. Crane was featured as the violin soloist in Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto Ladder to the Moon.

Dr. Crane is a founding member of the Hanna-Yang Duo, with pianist Hui-Ting Yang, dedicated to premiering new works.  The Duo premiered Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender (commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers Association and the Hanna-Yang Duo) at the 2009 FSMTA conference in Tallahassee.  The Duo has performed Metamorphoses II at the 2011 Southern Chapter College Music Society Conference, the 2011 Florida State University New Music Festival, and the 2010 College Music Society National Conference. A recording of the piece will be released in late 2012 or early 2013. In 2005, the Duo premiered and recorded Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (2004) by Ju-hwan Yu, which appears on a recording featuring contemporary Korean composers (Kum-Seong records) released in 2008.

Dr. Crane has been a member of Tango Sur (traditional Argentinean music, Tallahassee) and Quartet alla Turca (first prize at the 2002 NUMUS competition; 2001-02 Eppes Graduate Quartet, FSU).  She has also performed as a chamber musician on WPLN Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C and performed with the Nexus Chamber Orchestra (Brentwood, Tennessee).  Dr. Crane has served as concertmaster and associate concertmaster of the Valley (South Texas) and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras and played in the violin sections of several orchestras including the Jacksonville (Fla.) and Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to serving as one of the faculty advisers for Sigma Alpha Iota, Dr. Crane is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, American String Teacher Association, College Music Society (Board Member for Performance in the Southern College Music Society 2012-2014), National Association for Music Education, and Tennessee Music Educators Association.

About Michael O’Gieblyn

Michael O'Gieblyn
Michael O’Gieblyn

An accomplished violinist, violist, and versatile musician, Michael O’Gieblyn navigates across the classical and commercial genres with musical ease and professional excellence. Currently a member of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra of Alabama and the Nexus Chamber Orchestra. Michael also performs with the Chattanooga Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, and many other local orchestras. He has previously performed with the Erie Philharmonic (PA) and the Österreich Vienna Classic Philharmonic’s 2010 tour of China.

In the studio. Michael has recorded with the Nashville String Machine, and can be heard on recordings for Leonardo Balada’s The Death of Columbus on NAXOS and Sony Playstation’s Uncharted 4. He has also appeared on PBS’s Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas Special, and MGM’s motion picture soundtrack for Home of the Brave, as well as many other recordings and music videos.

In addition to recording, Michael also has performed at the Grand Ole Opry with country music legend Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys. He has also performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gungor. and Michael W. Smith. Michael graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied with Cyrus Forough, and also holds a MM in violin performance from Belmont University.

Michael is also the creator of the website: www.violinexcerpts.com which is a resource to help violinists prepare for orchestral auditions.

Michael and his wife, Angie live in south Nashville.


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