posted September 4, 2008

Guitarist Carlos de la Barrera to Perform Sept. 19

Hope College will feature guitarist Carlos de la Barrera on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

de la Barrera, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, came to the United States in 1991. His extensive South American performances include solo recitals at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vale Benetto, Santa María, Brazil; and Centro Cultural para las Artes, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Although he will be making his first solo performance at Hope College, he did perform a joint recital with Paul Vondiziano at the Knickerbocker Theatre in 2005. Other past performances as a soloist with orchestra include several appearances with The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and The Holland Symphony Orchestra.  He has also been featured with Mark O'Connor and the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in O'Connor's "Summer."

de la Barrera's guitar concerto repertoire ranges from the traditional music of J. Rodrigo and A. Vivaldi to the contemporary compositions by A. Piazzolla, A. Kernis, and O. Macha.  His recent five performances of  guitar solos and guitar concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra were described as "captivating, with a virtuoso flourish" by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk music critic at "The Grand Rapids Press."

de la Barrera holds a master's degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he has been a  guest faculty at the Summer Classical Guitar Workshop. He is also the director of the Grand Valley State University Annual Classical Guitar Workshop, and president of the GVSU Classical Guitar Society. He is currently teaching guitar at Grand Valley State University and Calvin College.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting de la Barrera's Web site at www.concertguitarist.com.

Tickets are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $10 for regular admission, and $5 for Hope students, faculty and staff. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.