Young Harris College Welcomes Guest Artist Brian Smith

Friday, January 27, 2017
Fine Arts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Maddy Elledge
(706) 379-5319, melledge@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Welcomes Guest Artist Brian Smith

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts proudly welcomes Brian Smith for an evening of musical stylings on the guitar on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. This event is free and open to the public.

As a founding member of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, Revein and the Odd Trio, Smith brings his electric guitar playing style to YHC. Blending seven string classical guitar with electronics, he combines elements of the past and present to create something uniquely his own.

Smith is a guitarist, bassist and composer based out of Athens, Ga. He takes the instrument into new territory with the use of electronics, looping, and effects to expand the color palette and dynamic range of the classical guitar and widen the range of possible styles for the instrument. His concerts blur the lines between styles and genres, believing that good music surpasses labels.

He is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelor's degree in music performance while studying under John Sutherland. Smith has won various awards including the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and the state level of the MTNA Concerto Competition. 

Currently, Smith teaches classical and contemporary guitar at LaGrange College and Point University.

For more information, contact the 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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit yhc.edu.

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