Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Guitar Virtuosos to Perform; Event Is the Annual Great Guitar Gathering

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Guitar Virtuosos to Perform; Event Is the Annual Great Guitar Gathering

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Byline: JOHN CARTER

Get ready for a dozen strings and 20 fingers -- courtesy of two world-class guitar virtuosos.

It's the annual Great Guitar Gathering headed to the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

"I've been doing this for 13 years, and believe me -- this is going to be a high point for guitarists and guitar lovers all over the city. These guys are absolutely first-class performers," said Don Casper, director of the school's guitar department and the event's organizer.

This year's guest performers are French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens and acoustic guitar virtuoso Michael Chapdelaine.

The 13th annual Great Guitar Gathering is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the theater at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, 2445 San Diego Road.

The concert will also feature the Douglas Anderson Guitar Orchestra, which will perform under Casper's leadership.

"It's such an inspiration for our students to experience this level of musicianship and creativity," Casper said. "Even for me, it's just life-altering to see people play and create at this level. It's usually an amazing experience, and the performers this year promise to make it an unforgettable outing."

Casper said Dyens is "setting a new standard in guitar arrangement and what can be done with sounds on the guitar."

Dyens has received a number of awards, including the special prize at the International Competition Citta di Alessandria (Italy) and the Grand Prix du Disque de l'Academie Charles-Cros. At age 25, he became a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhim Foundation. Eight years later, he was recognized as one of the "100 Best Living Guitarists" in all styles by the French magazine "Guitarist." In the official newsletter of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, he was praised as "a showy and exciting performer, who can (and does) get his audience to its feet."

Casper said Chapdelaine is not only one of the world's top competitors in both classical and fingerstyle guitar, but has a sense of humor as well. Casper said he saw Chapdelaine perform at a classical guitar camp last summer, and said the guitarist, who is fond of playing barefoot, decided to don some unique footwear for the occasion. …

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