Southern Oregon University will present contemporary guitar composer and performer Evan Hirschelman in concert. - Southern Oregon University

A concert of new guitar music

The Southern Oregon University department of music will present L.A.-based guitarist, composer and teacher Evan Hirschelman in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Hirschelman will play his own compositions as well as contemporary works by Hans Werner Henze, Leo Brouwer and Roland Dyens. The next day, Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, Hirschelman will teach a master class that is open to the public in the SOU music building.

The Los Angeles Times heralded Hirschelman for his "technical wizardry," while the Malibu Times praised his "soulful musicality."

Hirschelman has performed in numerous musical genres and won several international guitar competitions, including the Stotsenberg Classical Guitar Competition. He has appeared on the pages of Classical Guitar, Soundboard and Gramophone magazines.

Hirschelman's compositions reflect a fusion of musical influences ranging from classical and jazz to metal.

His works are being embraced by a variety of performers, including the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang, among others. His composition "Lament and Wake" is featured on the Grammy award-winning recording LAGQ's "Guitar Heroes."

Peter B. King, music critic of the Post Gazette described the piece as a "poignant, stirring six minutes of music."

Hirschelman collaborates with diverse artists such as jazz-fusion pioneer Rick Laird of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, classical guitarist Scott Tennant, rock guitarist Paul Gilbert, and the late legendary jazz musician Ted Greene.

He has appeared in various venues and for organizations including the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Guitarra Del Mar, American Guitar Society and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Society.

Hirschelman is a graduate of the University of Southern California and University of Arizona. A native of Detroit, Mich., he resides in Los Angeles where he is on the faculty at the Musicians Institute (GIT) and is an adjunct professor at Citrus College.

His debut CD "Water in Darkness" was recently released and features original works along with other contemporary compositions.

Tickets for the performance are $12 for general admission, and free for students. Tickets and season passes are available by calling 552-6101 or at the music box office prior to the performance. See www.sou.edu/music online.

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