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An evening of classical guitar

David Rogers has plans for a fun concert featuring solo guitar work and some duets with special guests. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. On the program will be solo guitar selections as well as duets with theremin and recorder.

Rogers, a music faculty member at Southern Oregon University, will play new compositions, classical guitar favorites, music from his last recording, "The Lone Wild Bird," and duets with Barb Barasa, theremin and Nancy Elliott, recorder.

The theremin was invented by Leon Theremin in 1919 and is played by manipulating an electric field to alter pitch and dynamics. Audiences will recognize its eerie and surreal sounds which have been used in science fiction films as "Forbidden Planet," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Mars Attacks," and many others. But the theremin also is capable of producing very beautiful and melodic sounds, as Barasa will demonstrate in her duets on the program.

Recently termed, "a prominent guitarist" by the New York Times, Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into performances based on both original compositions and traditional repertoire.

The Washington Post praised his "astonishingly florid" solo improvisational passage work. He has been called a "'modern master' of the classical guitar" by 20th Century Guitar. Classics today.com has praised his "first rate instrumental artistry," and the Lute Society of America Quarterly has called his technique "formidable."

He is an endorsing artist for GHS Strings and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk.

Rogers has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Southern California and The Interlochen National Arts Camp.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.

See www.sou.edu/music/rogers.html or www.websitings.net/concert or call 552-6545.

Left to right: Barb Barasa, Nancy Elliott and David Rogers will present a program of guitar, theremin and recorder. - Photo courtesy of David Rogers