June 30, 2017

Classical Guitar Symposium Faculty Performance 2017

Aaron Shearer Foundation

Classical Guitar Symposium Performance

Canyon Community Center    7:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

June 30 – Faculty Performance with Ricardo Cobo, Thomas Kikta, Kami Rowan and Alan Hirsh

Ricardo Cobo Widely regarded as one of the leading virtuosos of the new Classic Guitar generation, Mr. Cobo is in high demand as soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist. Mr. Cobo’s versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children’s music – Tales for Guitar – ESSAY, Brouwer Solo Works-NAXOS and Guitar Lullaby – Ellipsis Arts, as well as his orchestral and crossover recordings in collaborations with jazz and classical musicians. Mr. Cobo chairs the classical guitar department at UNLV and is founder and artistic director of the Guitar Las Vegas/Allegro Guitar Series hosted at UNLV’s Doc Rando Concert Hall.

Thomas Kikta As a musician, producer, professor and author Mr. Kikta is a versatile artist who has been the director of Classic Guitar and Recording Arts and Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. for over twenty five years. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied Classic Guitar performance with Aaron Shearer at both the Peabody Conservatory and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed around the country and for such dignitaries as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison and has worked with such artists as Ricardo Cobo, and Manuel Barrueco.

Kami Rowan Dr. Rowan has taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC since 1993. Her success has resulted in a nationally recognized guitar program within a liberal arts context. Dr. Rowan is currently the president of two non-profit musical organizations in the Greensboro area—Music for a Great Space, and the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society. Dr. Rowan studied with Aaron Shearer, at North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Music in performance.

Alan Hirsh Well known as composer, arranger, guitarist, and music educator, Dr. Hirsh began his collaboration with Aaron Shearer back in the 1980’s, writing music for the ground-breaking 1988 three-volume method series: Learning the Classic Guitar published with Mel Bay. Since then he continued his collaboration with Aaron (along with Thomas Kikta) as composer and editor of the three-volume Alfred Music publications—The Shearer Method: Classical Guitar Foundations, Classical Guitar Developments, and Learning the Fingerboard.


This project is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this event