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Renowned Guitarists to Perform at Wofford College

Friday, January 10, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—Two renowned guitarists will be featured this month in concerts at Wofford College as part of the Troubadour Series.

Peter Mayer, a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and one of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefers, will perform on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building. The performance is free.

Johan Fostier, one of Belgium’s young generation of guitarists, will perform on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building. A $5 donation is requested for attendance.

When not performing with the Coral Reefers, Mayer is busy fronting his own band, The Peter Mayer Group. Melding a unique and eclectic writing style, a distinctive voice, and virtuoso musicianship, Mayer and his band create a performance that includes styles ranging from jazz to country rock to classical.

Mayer’s debut album in 1988 produced the single “Piece of Paradise,” charting to number eight on Billboard.

Born in Tamilnadu, the far southern region of India, to missionary parents, Mayer has incorporated the musical influences from there with his study formal theory and composition. He also taught jazz guitar at Webster University.

His Wofford concert is a solo performance.

Fostier has been a laureate in a number of leading international guitar contests, taking first prize in Eindhoven in 1998 and in Mottola the following year. In 2001, he was awarded first prize at the International Solo Guitar Competition of the Guitar Association of America.

He regularly performs in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Holland and Germany, as well as the United States and Canada, as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has worked with various artists, including soprano Evelyne Bohen (Alamviva Duo), and guitarists Delphine Bertrand, Pia Grees, Matthias Klager and Luc Vander Borght in the Take Four Guitar Quartet.

The Troubadour Series has schedule four other free guitar concerts this year:

Feb. 18—“A Quattro,” Swiss guitar quartet. Leonard Auditorium, 7 p.m.
March 11—Dr. Roger Allen Cope. Papadopoulos Building, 7 p.m.
April 14—North Carolina School for the Arts guitar students. Papadopoulos Building, 4 p.m.
May 5—Mariana Rukavishnikova. Papadopoulos Building, 7 p.m.
For information about the Troubadour Series, call Jhon Akers at 597-4261.