Alumnus Guitarist to Open Concert Series at Gallery

Published 02.21.2008

Alumni News

Art and music combine in a fitting arena on Feb. 24 with an afternoon of classical guitar music to kick off "In Perfect Harmony: The Concert Series in The Gallery at Penn College."

Alphonse Ciaccio, a 1993 alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, presents the series' inaugural concert in the gallery, on the third floor of the college's Madigan Library, at 2 p.m. His program will highlight the works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leo Brouwer, Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ciaccio has studied classical guitar with Mary Anthony, famed protégé of the Spanish master Narciso Yepes, and with Matthew Slotkin, of Mansfield University and the Eastman School of Music.

Ciaccio's main emphasis is solo jazz guitar arranging and performing, and he has studied for many years with the legendary Gene Bertoncini, of New York City, and Steve Brown, of Ithaca College. His first solo project, "Pieces of My Heart," was released last year.

Photographic works by Gary Mesa-Gaido serve as a backdrop to the concert. Mesa-Gaido's exhibit, titled "Public Spaces of Europe," will be featured at the gallery Feb. 19 to March 14. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

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