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Troubadour Series concert features guitarist Randall Avers

October 19, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Award-winning guitarist Randall Avers will perform on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Wofford College as part of the Troubadour Series concerts. The performance, which is open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building.

When Avers captured second prize in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Competition at the age of 17, he heard immediate recognition as one of America’s up-and-coming guitarists. Since then, he has won several additional awards in international competitions, ranging from the Guitarists of Leadership and Distinctions Competition and the Yamaha Music Competition to the Concours Internationale de Guitare Rene Bartoli.

As a performer and instructor, Avers has appeared in festivals and concert halls throughout North America and Europe. In 1998, he toured North Africa and Egypt as Artistic Ambassador of the United States, lecturing and performing music by American composers.

Avers is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Arizona. As a post graduate student, he attended the Conservatoire Nationale Superiere et de Danse in Paris, later becoming the first American to receive a premiere prix in both guitar and chamber music. Avers also has studied at the North Carolina School for the Arts, the University of Akron and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He is a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award and the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship.

The final Troubadour Series concert for the fall semester, featuring internationally renowned guitarist Elliot Frank, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Room. The series will resume in the spring semester of 2006.

For information about the Troubadour Series, contact Dr. Jhon Akers at (864) 597-4261 or at