2012 Hartt School Guitar Festival Welcomes Scott Tennant, Now thru 7/27

2012 Hartt School Guitar Festival Welcomes Scott Tennant, Now thru 7/27

The Hartt School Guitar Department presents the 2012 Hartt School Guitar Festival from today, July 23, through Friday, July 27. International concert artist and pedagogue Scott Tennant joins Guitar Department founder/chair Richard Provost and faculty member Christopher Ladd for this week-long festival of concerts and daily master classes. This event is open to classical guitarists of all levels and aspirations who wish to improve and refine their playing and performance skills by studying with professional classical guitar performers and teachers.

Visit www.theharttschoolguitardepartment.com or contact Christopher Ladd at ladd@hartford.edu or 860-966-7696for more information.

Scott Tennant, Christopher Ladd, and Richard Provost conduct daily master classes designed to improve students’ technique, musicianship, and performance skills. Performers receive two lessons from each of the instructors during the week in a master class setting. Non-performing students will have the opportunity to ask questions after each lesson and during the daily question and answer sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday.

In addition to master classes, the Festival features the faculty and other guests in a series of evening concerts beginning at 7:30 PM, in Berkman Recital Hall. These concerts are free and open to the public:

Today, July 23 – Richard Provost, Christopher Ladd, and Scott Tennant

Wednesday, July 25 – Alturas Duo, with guest Melanie Chirignan

Thursday, July 26 – Daniel Hartington

Friday, July 22 – Student Recital

Scott Tennant is considered to be one of the world’s premiere guitar virtuosos, and is a favorite guest artist with orchestras, music series, and major guitar festivals around the world. He is a founding member of the Grammy-winning ensemble L.A. Guitar Quartet, now in their 30th year. He has made numerous recordings as a soloist on the GHA and Delos labels, and with members of the LAGQ he has recorded for GHA, Delos, Sony Classical, Windham Hill, Deutsche Grammophon, and Telarc labels. Their Telarc release “LAGQ LATIN” was nominated for a Grammy, and it was their Telarc title “LAGQ’S GUITAR HEROES” which won a Grammy as the best classical crossover recording of 2005.

Mr. Tennant is well known as a teacher and author, currently with eight books to his name. His first book, Pumping Nylon, is an advanced book on classical guitar technique and is used by students and teachers alike in most of the world’s major guitar programs. It has attained a kind of “cult status,” being hailed as the only book of its kind. Tennant lives in the Los Angeles area, and is on the faculties of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.