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January 29, 2001


UMBC's Department of Music presents a concert of late 20th-century works for guitar by faculty member William Feasley. The concert will be held on February 23 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is $7 general and $3 students/seniors. For more information call (410) 455-2942.

The program includes compositions by by George Rochberg, UMBC music faculty Stuart Saunders Smith, Robert Beaser, Lou Harrison, Ralph Towner, Peter Madlem and William Bolcom.

Feasley received an M.M. and Artist Diploma in Guitar Performance from Peabody Conservatory. He has been a member of the Faculty of UMBC Department of Music since 1991. His past teachers include Andres Segovia, Aaron Sherer and Manuel Barrueco. Feasley was the first guitarist to be awarded the Peabody Conservatory's coveted Artist Diploma, and has since been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards: a gold medal in the 1987 Panhellenic Guitar competition in Athens, the 1990 and 1995 Baltimore Chamber Music Award and a 1996 Governor's Citation for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts in Maryland. Selected to play for Andre Segovia at the master's historic last class at the University of Southern California in 1986, he was later featured on the CBS special "Eulogy of Segovia."

Since making his debut in 1980 with the San Francisco Ballet, performing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for Lou Christenson's ballet, Don Juan, Feasley has maintained an active international touring schedule. He has appeared in the Ohrid Spoleto Festival in Macedonia and venues such as St. Martin in the Fields in London, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Washington National Cathedral and Yale University. He has toured with the Russian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva (Alexander Rudin, Conductor), performed live on ABC International Radio in Australia, and with New York's Bachanalia Ensemble under the direction of Nina Beilina and Washington's 20th Century Consort. Recent tours have included Spain, the Caribbean, Greece, Yugoslavia, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and Iceland.

He has released two critically acclaimed discs for the Sononra label: Simplicity with his partner in the D'Amore Duo, oboist Vladimir Lande, and American Sketches--musical Americana with rags, Gershwin and COplandesque landscapes. Another unusual program is Echoes of Goya--a multimedia presentation on the life of the famous painter and his impact on several generations of composers.

Feasley is also on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C.

Posted by dwinds1 at January 29, 2001 12:00 AM