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Saint Francis hosts award-winning Italian guitar virtuoso

March 8, 2012

Italian guitar virtuoso, Paolo Schianchi, Saint Francis University’s Artist in Residence for the spring 2012 semester, will perform two concerts on the Loretto campus in March. On Wednesday, March 14, he will perform a jazz concert with Davey Yarborough, Duke Ellington School of the Arts' students and Schianchi's Italian students. The concert will take place in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto and will begin at 8:00 p.m. The second concert will be on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. and will consist of blues music. That concert will be held in the Boiler House on campus, and the time will be announced closer to the concert. Both events are open to the community and admission is free. 

Italian guitar virtuoso, Paolo Schianchi, Saint Francis University’s Artist in Residence for the spring 2012 semester, will perform two concerts on the Loretto campus in March. On Wednesday, March 14, he will perform a jazz concert with Davey Yarborough, Duke Ellington School of the Arts' students and Schianchi's Italian students. The concert will take place in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto and will begin at 8:00 p.m. The second concert will be on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. and will consist of blues music. That concert will be held in the Boiler House on campus, and the time will be announced closer to the concert. Both events are open to the community and admission is free.

Schianchi is an extraordinary guitarist and is considered to be one of the greatest Italian musicians of his generation. He is a musician, composer, researcher, and inventor who plays all existing variations of the guitar. He has received numerous national and international awards both as guitarist and composer. He writes music for both solo guitar and various orchestral ensembles.

Schianchi has been performing in concerts and teaching internationally at a number of schools and academies. He has been invited to hold master classes in prestigious schools and universities, such as the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington D.C.

The Italian musician is the first ever Artist in Residence at Saint Francis. He is teaching classes and playing concerts on campus from January until May 2012.