Flamenco guitarist to perform at WOU

Polk County Itemizer-Observer
By Craig Coleman

MONMOUTH — Experience the passion and fire of Flamenco guitar as Western Oregon University hosts internationally renowned Adam del Monte for a performance Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium, is part of the 2010-11 Smith Fine Arts Series (see related story, Page ?A).

Tickets are $29 in advance, $31 at the door, and $11 for students. Special $5 student rush tickets are available to WOU students starting at 7 p.m. the night of the performance.

Del Monte will perform both traditional solo flamenco and new renditions of flamenco repertoire with his trio, which features Asaf Kofler on bass and Gerardo Morales on percussion.

A first prize winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, del Monte is one of the new generation of leading guitarists in the world today by being a dynamic force in both flamenco and classical guitar. He studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel and England.

Del Monte was both influenced by and inspired the younger generation of flamenco performers who were beginning to depart from the previous virtual space of Spanish flamenco.

Del Monte, too, set out in new directions, integrating years of traditional and leading-edge flamenco training as well as expanding his musicianship on the classical guitar. An eclectic awareness of jazz, world music and other contemporary forms led to new, creative renditions of flamenco repertoire.

For tickets and more information: 503-838-8333; wou.edu/sfa; www.adamdelmonte.com.

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