Randall Avers kicks off the guitar portion of the classical piano, guitar and jazz series on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. Avers has performed in festivals and concerts throughout North America, Europe, Africa and in the Middle East. In 1998, he was selected to be an artistic ambassador of the United States and toured North Africa and Egypt teaching, lecturing and performing American jazz and classical music.
Avers obtained degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Arizona. He also attended the Conservatoire Nationale Supériere de Musique et de Danse in Paris, where he became the first American to receive first prizes in both classical guitar and chamber music.
Away from the concert stage, Avers is an instructor, lecturer, arranger and composer. His collection of guitar duos, Twelve Silly Songs for Twelve Silly Strings, was co-composed with Rami Vamos. VISTAS, his 1996 solo recording debut, received praise from both critics and musicians. Avers second solo recording is due to be released this year.
Tickets for the performance are $12. There is a $3 discount for senior citizens and students are admitted free with ID. For more information, call 513 745-3161.