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John Williams and John Etheridge, Together & Solo, 4/15, 7PM

March 26, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
TWO GUITAR MASTERS:
JOHN WILLIAMS & JOHN ETHERIDGE
Together & Solo…
Sunday, April 15, 2007, 7:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 12, 2007—The pairing of John Williams and John Etheridge has been called “a superbly poised mixture of influences, from West African dance rhythms to Django-esque swing [with] delicate elaborations on baroque themes,” by The Times (London), who also noted there was not “a dull crossover anthem in sight.” Center for the Arts audiences witness these two giants of the guitar in a collaborative concert featuring an eclectic musical mix ranging from classics like God Bless The Child and La Ultima Cançion, to selections from Mali and Senegal, on Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, begins at 6:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The broad selection of pieces on the program play to both men’s strengths: Etheridge provides a jazz undercurrent with soaring improvisations effortlessly swapping between acoustic and electric guitar, while an eclectic virtuosity producing intense, oboe-like notes emanates from Williams’s classical guitar. The program for this national tour includes a specially commissioned suite by Benjamin Verdery.

John Etheridge enjoys a stellar reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond; described by Pat Metheny as, “One of the best guitarists in the world.” He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose eclectic approach to music refuses to acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years spent with the iconic Stephane Grappelli, while simultaneously touring and recording with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. In addition to this current partnering with John Williams, Etheridge has joined Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, and countless others.
John Williams is widely acknowledged as the greatest living classical guitarist, having established his place in the genres top rank over the course of 30 years of recording and performing. Classic CD calls him “the world’s most accomplished all-
around guitarist,” and The New York Times declares Williams is “arguably the finest guitarist before the public today.”

John Williams has made over 30 best-selling recordings of a broad range of music for classical guitar, either solo or in collaboration with artists such as Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman and Andre Previn, Paco Pena, Inti Illimani and numerous others. He has contributed to films, most notably the in the scores for The Deer Hunter and A Fish Called Wanda. Although known primarily as a classical player, Williams has explored many different musical traditions, from Latin American to African to jazz-fusion, even joining The Who’s Pete Townshend for an acoustic performance of Won’t Get Fooled Again.

John Williams and John Etheridge
Together and Solo

program to include:
Francis Bebey Sangara
John Williams Slow Dub
John Etheridge Monti’s Casino
Vasco Martins Situaçõnes Triangulares (Triangular Situations)
John Williams Extra Time
John Etheridge Strange Comforts
Places Between

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Tickets for JOHN WILLIAMS and JOHN ETHERIDGE are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music, and Theater.