University of Pittsburgh
March 19, 2007

PITT ARTS Presents Chilean Classical Guitarist Carlos Pérez in Free Concert April 5

Renowned guitarist also will teach master class in Pitt's Music Building April 4

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-PITT ARTS, the University of Pittsburgh program that introduces Pitt students to the city's cultural life, is presenting Chilean classical guitarist Carlos Pérez in a free public concert at 8 p.m. April 5 in the auditorium of the Frick Fine Arts Building, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland. Pérez will perform a repertoire featuring the music of the late Antonio Lauro and other Latin America composers. For more information, call 412-624-4498.

Prior to the concert, at 7:45 p.m., Alejandro Bruzual, a Pitt doctoral student in Hispanic Languages and Literatures and author of The Guitar in Venezuela/A Concise History to the End of the 20th Century (Doberman-Yppan, 2005), will conduct a discussion from the stage about Antonio Lauro, a Venezuelan guitarist considered to be one of the foremost South American composers of the 20th century. The Pérez concert commemorates the 90th anniversary of the late virtuoso's birth.

On April 4, Pérez will conduct a master class at 4:30 p.m. in Room 123 of Pitt's Music Building, 4337 Fifth Ave. For more information or to register, contact Phil Thompson at 412-624-4125.

Born in Chile, Pérez has garnered top prizes in six major international competitions in Europe and South America. He took first place in the 2006 Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, one of the most prestigious guitar performance awards in the world. Pérez is praised for his ability to interpret the nuances of each piece he plays. In concert, he switches effortlessly from bold tempos to slow and carefully measured rhythms, creating a diversity of sounds from a single instrument.

PITT ARTS, founded in 1997, sponsors more than 110 free outings via its Arts Encounters programs and sells about 9,000 discounted tickets to Pitt students, faculty and staff through its Cheap Seats program to some of the most sought-after arts events in the city. Pitt students can use their IDs for free visits to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Mattress Factory. Each year, PITT ARTS connects more than 40,000 Pitt students with the arts.