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Acclaimed Guitarist to Make U.S. Debut at Wofford College

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Carlos Pérez, who performed this summer as soloist with the National Spanish Orchestral Symphony in a live broadcast to 27 European countries, will make his U.S. debut at Wofford College on Thursday, Nov. 13, as this year’s featured performer in the Troubadour Series. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building.

Pérez, a native of Chile, appeared on the cover of Great Britain’s Classical Guitar magazine in May 2002 and has since seen a meteoric rise in demand as a concert guitarist. This summer, along with his work with the Spanish symphony, he presented solo recitals in Madrid, Elche (Spain), Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Grans (France), and Bonn, Germany. Back in Santiago in July, he soloed with the Chilean National Symphony in the Teatro Municipal, premiering Ernesto Cordero’s Concierto Antillano.

A highest honors graduate of the National University of Chile, he has over the past 10 years placed first in several of the most prestigious classical guitar competitions in the world, including those of Venezuela, Belgium, France, Austria and Spain. He has also been featured in several festivals from Caracas to Vienna to Martinique and has performed in over twenty countries, often with major orchestras. Classical Guitar describes him as “a master guitarist with true star quality.”

He will make two visits to the U.S. this year. His first, highlighted by his Wofford appearance, will include recitals in Charleston, S.C.; Hendersonville, N.C.; and Winston- Salem. In May, he will return for an appearance with the Winston-Salem symphony, appear solo at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and then travel to Minneapolis to perform in the Sundin Hall Concert Series.

There is no admission charged to Wofford’s Troubadour Series, although off-campus adults are suggested to contribute $10 to the Troubadour Series; seniors, $5. All students may attend free. Please call (864) 597-4261 for additional information.