The Troubadour Series

Carl SandburgThe Troubadour Series at Wofford is named after Carl Sandburg, who was called "the Old Troubadour" by Frank Lloyd Wright. Sandburg's home is located in Flat Rock, N.C., and he visited the Wofford campus on more than one occasion. He was an avid guitarist who wrote several poems inspired by the guitar and guitarists. On his deathbed in 1967, he requested to hear one of the Segovia recordings he had listened to since the 1930s. 

All Troubadour Series concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information about Sandburg, click here. For more information about The Troubadour Series, please contact Dr. John Akers.

Friends of the Series: Tom and Moss Baldwin, Asheville, NC.

Spring 2016 Performances

CarlosPerezTroubadour Carlos Pérez
 Guitar Virtuoso from Chile

 Thursday, January 21, 2015
 7:00 pm Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Classical Guitar Magazine has endorsed Carlos Pérez with the following remark: "He gets to the point of everything he plays" [...] "A master guitarist with true star quality"
 His interest in guitar playing started at an early age through his father. He graduated with top honors from the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile where he studied under Ernesto Quezada.

He was awarded top prizes in major international competitions in Europe and America, winning first prize in:
· X “Alirio Díaz”, Venezuela 1996
· XX “René Bartoli”, France 1997
· VI “Printemps de La Guitare”, Belgium 1998
· III “Forum Gitarre”, Austria 2000
· XIV “Fundacion Guerrero” Spain 2000 ·III “Joaquín Rodrigo” Spain 2006

He has given recitals in more than thirty countries in North, Central, and South America as well as Europe, and has played with orchestras from England, Belgium, the United States, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Chile. His international activity have taken him to play at Berlin Philarmonie (Germany), Auditorio Nacional (Spain), Royal Festival Hall (England), Teatro Monumental (Spain), and other prestigious concert halls.

DuoAllantTroubadour Duo Allant
 Guitar and Flute, Francois Fowler and Kathryn Thomas Umble

Wednesday, February 3, 2015
 7:00 pm Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Duo Allant is a world-class flute and guitar ensemble. Kathryn Thomas Umble (flute) and Francois Fowler (guitar) are recognized for the high level of musicianship and artistry that they bring to each performance. Known for connecting with audiences,  Duo Allant has received glowing accolades for their exciting programs. Duo Allant's innovative repertoire spans over 400 years of music from Brazil, Japan, Canada, United States, Great Britain, Argentina, and France. In addition, they are enthusiastic  exponents of new music and have premiered works composed for their duo.

Recent Performances include the Ohio Cultural Alliance and Defiance Community Cultural Council Chamber Music Series, Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, Sunday Concert Series at Stambaugh Auditorium, Dayton Classical Guitar Society, Pittsburgh Music Academy, Faculty Artist Series at Youngstown State University, and Penn State University (Esber Hall). 

In addition to concert performances, Duo Allant is committed to reaching out to the community and the next generation of young musicians through university master classes and high school presentations. Dr. Umble and Dr. Fowler are faculty members at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University. 

Dr. Dirk Schlingman
Dean, USC Upstate: Mathematics and Music

Wednesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 pm Olin Theater

Dr. Dirk Schlingman will present work on how he uses mathematics and the technical computing software, Mathematica, to analyze, manipulate, and create music of well known composers through statistical analysis, and presenting variations of their compositions by performing geometrical transformations of their musical data. 

He will also play musical creations that are entirely based on mathematical functions.

Past Years Performers 

  • David Burgess
  • Steve Erquiaga
  • Francois Fowler
  • Amy Brucksch
  • David Stevenson and River Guerguerian
  • Oliver Fartach Naini
  • William Dale Smith
  • Ana Lourdes Rodriguez (Piano)
  • Lenti Duo (Piano)
  • Stanley Alexandrowicz
  • Juan Falú
  • Steven Walters
  • Robert Sharpe
  • Austin Bella Corda
  • Roger Cope
  • Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco
  • Zane Forshee
  • Ernesto Tamayo
  • Robert Gruca
  • Carlos Perez
  • Ana Vidovic
  • Duo Kithara
  • Duo Allant
  • Ronn Mcfarlane
  • Ramón Justicia
  • John Akers
  • Keith Gehle
  • Swiss Guitar Quartet
  • Tantalus Guitar Quartet
  • Montana Skies (Guitar and Cello)
  • Georgia Guitar Quartet
  • James Marron
  • Texas Guitar Quartet
  • Hiroya Tsukamoto
  • Presti Guitar Trio
  • Lynn McGrath
  • Spotlight Series: Lily Afshar
  • Jerome Ducharme
  • James Manuele and Foti Lycouridis (Portland Guitar Duo)
  • Nicholas Goluses
  • Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson (Harp)
  • Patrick Lui
  • Gohar Vardanyan
  • Stephen Robinson
  • Angela Easterling and Brandon Turner
  • Marcos Diaz
  • Gerald Klickstein
  • Joseph Pecoraro
  • Genevieve Leitner
  • Numerous Students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Yuri Liberzon
  • Salomé Sandoval
  • Spotlight Series of the Music Foundation: Sharon Isbin
  • Michael Nicolella
  • Marco Sartor 
  • Christopher Berg
  • Martha Masters
  • Thomas Viloteau
  • Jérémy Jouve
  • Ricardo Cobo
  • Andrew Zohn
  • Akerman-Teixeira Duo
  • Isaac Bustos
  • Marina Alexandra
  • Valerie Hartzell