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French guitarist Jouve to perform at Wofford Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Young French guitarist Jeremy Jouve, considered among the world’s best classical guitarists, will perform at Wofford College on Thursday, Feb. 24, as part of the Troubadour Series. The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building.

Jouve’s performance at Wofford is part of a concert tour of the United States, Mexico and Canada he was awarded for winning the top prize at the 2003 Guitar Foundation of America’s international festival, where he competed with 80 guitarists from five continents. “Jeremy Jouve is arguably the world’s best classical guitarist,” says Dr. Jhon Akers, Wofford College associate professor and director of the Troubadour Series. “After the first day of the Guitar Foundation competition, he made it to the round of 24; then, the next, to 12; and finally, to four guitarists. He performed publicly in each of these three stages before the most exacting group of judges in the world, elite musicians from major universities in the United States and abroad.”

In addition to winning the GFA competition, Jouve has garnered first prize in Eastern Europe’s coveted Jan Edmund Jurkowski competition in Tychy, Poland. He also has received awards in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and Romania. He was the National Music Conservatory of Paris’ “Best Guitarist” in 2001.

While admission is free, a contribution of $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens is suggested. Seating is non-reserved. For information on the concert and the 2004-05 Troubadour Series, contact Jhon Akers at (864) 597-4261 or by e-mail at akersjc@wofford.edu.

Other upcoming Troubadour Series concerts are:

Thursday, March 17 – Petar Jankovic (www.petarjankovic.com). 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building.

Friday, April 22 – North Carolina School of the Arts Guitarists (www.ncarts.edu). 4 p.m. in the Sandor Teszler Library.