DANIEL SALAZAR'S GUITAR UNDER THE STARS Returns to the University of Saint Joseph

DANIEL SALAZAR'S GUITAR UNDER THE STARS Returns to the University of Saint JosephOne of the year's most anticipated musical celebrations, Guitar Under the Stars, returns to West Hartford - and this year there is even more to celebrate! Founder and acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar is proud to announce that 2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of what has become an annual end-of-summer tradition for music lovers of all ages. This large-scale outdoor concert, which combines Salazar's bold and original compositions with his ensemble of international musicians, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-festival activities beginning at 4 p.m. on the University of Saint Joseph's beautiful outdoor quad.

Salazar founded Guitar Under the Stars in 1993 with a group of eager young musicians, performing on a portable trailer called the "Showmobile Stage" at the Hartford Riverfront for a small but enthusiastic audience. Salazar's goal was to share his love for the guitar and the beautiful music it creates. 25 years later, Guitar Under the Stars is an ever-growing outdoor concert that draws audiences of thousands to hear Salazar's original music and brilliant orchestral arrangements.

This September Salazar will premiere new compositions and perform selections from his popular original repertoire that fuses Spanish guitar with Latin and World rhythms. Guitar Under the Stars will include a remarkable array of artists: the Daniel Salazar Ensemble, Flamenco singer Alfonso Cid from Spain; and top players from Connecticut's own Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

"Guitar Under the Stars has become a major area tradition, now bringing thousands of music lovers to USJ's idyllic campus for a magical evening of community, picnics and, of course, the stars," says Autorino Center director Steven Raider Ginsburg.

Admission is free of charge. Location is on the main Quad, University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, 4-6:30pm Festival Activities, presented by USJ Student Affairs, 7:30pm Performance. Audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

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