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Lecture-Concert Series to Feature Baroque Guitarist Xavier Díaz-Latorre


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series will feature baroque guitarist Xavier Díaz-Latorre in concert on Thursday, Feb. 20, according to Dr. Tim Crist, chair of the Lecture-Concert Committee.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Center, 2412 Quapaw Way.  Admission is free to this and all Lecture-Concert Series events.

“Mr. Díaz-Latorre's concert provides a very rare opportunity to hear the baroque guitar played by one of the world's finest early music musicians,” Crist commented.  “The baroque guitar's novel and unique tuning results in cascading scalar lines that resemble harp glissandi.  Members of the A-State Guitar Guild could not be more delighted in having Mr. Díaz-Latorre perform on our campus for our community to enjoy.”

A native of Spain, Díaz-Latorre has given concerts at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Covent Garden in London, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

 “Furthering the impact of his visit to A-State, Mr. Díaz-Latorre also will conduct music ensemble coaching sessions, hold classes, and give private lessons with A-State students and faculty,” Crist continued.  “We are tremendously grateful and appreciative of A-State's Diversity Initiatives Program for their support of this event.”

Díaz-Latorre performs regularly with world-renowned ensembles such as Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations.  He also has performed with Al Ayre Español, the Orquesta Nacional de España, Concerto Vocale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Concerto Köln.

Laberintos Ingeniosos is Díaz-Latorre’s vocal-instrumental ensemble, which he has taken to a number of different countries.  He has made more than 30 recordings for international CD labels. He teaches early plucked instruments, chamber music, and bass continuo at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

The program at Arkansas State will be presented with campus funding support from A-State’s Diversity Initiatives Program, Department of Music, College of Fine Arts, and Guitar Guild.

The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State University and the surrounding communities in bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the A-State campus.  The Lecture-Concert Series supports A-State’s mission to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives.

The complete schedule for the 2013-14 Lecture-Concert Series, including performers’ biographies and photographs, is available on the A-State website, AState.edu.

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Xavier Díaz-Latorre





"Members of the A-State Guitar Guild could not be more delighted in having Mr. Díaz-Latorre perform on our campus . . . "

Dr. Tim Crist