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Young Harris College Guitar Ensemble to Present “An Evening with Bach”

Thursday, March 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237, kndean@yhc.edu
Note: Photo Attached

Young Harris College Guitar Ensemble to Present “An Evening with Bach”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present the YHC Guitar Ensemble in concert on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of YHC Assistant Professor of Music Richard Knepp, D.M.A., the eight-member student ensemble will present “An Evening with Bach.” The ensemble will perform arrangements and transcriptions of J. S. Bach, featuring settings for guitar duo, trio and quartet. A highlight of the concert will be a performance of the first movement of Bach’s Sonata BWV 1029 arranged for six guitars.

“This is our first recital featuring the music of a non-guitarist. The Baroque guitar, an ancestor of the modern guitar, was in existence during Bach’s lifetime, but there are no known compositions from him for that instrument,” Dr. Knepp said. “However, Bach did write for the lute, and many of those pieces have been arranged and transcribed for the modern guitar, along with his compositions for solo violin, cello and flute.”

Several members of the ensemble will perform solo works for classical guitar. Senior Alex Gannon of Hiawassee, Ga., will be featured during “Courante,” the third movement from Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007. Junior Kaleb Garrett of Hiawassee, Ga., will be featured during “Allemande,” the second movement from Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996. Sophomore Alex Scerbo of Blairsville, Ga., will be featured during “Bourrée,” the fifth movement from Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996. Sophomore Richie Heyward of Rome, Ga., will be featured during “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” the 10th movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147.

In addition to these soloists, the ensemble is comprised of senior Eric Miller of Clayton, Ga., junior Gerardo Ojeda of Atlanta, Ga., freshman Marshall Scoggins of LaFayette, Ga., and senior Sean Dorough of Marietta, Ga.

For more information, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

 The Young Harris College Guitar Ensemble features (front row, left to right) junior Kaleb Garrett of Hiawassee, Ga., senior Sean Dorough of Marietta, Ga., senior Alex Gannon of Hiawassee, Ga., senior Eric Miller of Clayton, Ga., sophomore Alex Scerbo of Blairsville, Ga., (center, seated) junior Gerardo Ojeda of Atlanta, Ga., (back row, left to right) freshman Marshall Scoggins of Lafayette, Ga., and sophomore Richie Heyward of Rome, Ga.

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