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JCJC hosts 7th annual Guitar Festival

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The following is a news release from Jones County Junior College:

The 7th annual Guitar Festival will be held April 9, at Jones County Junior College.  This year, guitar students from JCJC, Hinds, Meridian and Pearl River Community Colleges will be studying under the acclaimed guitarist and USM professor, Dr. Robert Gibson. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues around the United States as well as in Mexico and Italy. Dr. Gibson has also performed as a soloist with several orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony. Students will also learn from featured guitar performance majors from the University of Southern Mississippi's Guitar Department.

The public is invited to the student showcase and Festival Guitar Orchestra performance at 1 p.m. in the JCJC Foote Chapel. Guitar students will then get an artist masterclass at 2:30 p.m. by Dr. Gibson. 

Everyone will also have the opportunity to hear Dr. Gibson in concert at 6 p.m. in the chapel. His concert will be featuring works by Barrios, Moreno-Torroba, Rodrigo and Giuliani. The classical guitarist also performs extensively on electric guitar in many diverse styles such as rock, country, Broadway, contemporary Christian and jazz. Dr. Gibson has won prizes in several competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, the U.T.S.A Concerto Competition, the Etude Music Club Competition and the M.T.N.A. National Competition. Dr. Gibson currently lives in Montgomery, AL with his wife and two daughters and teaches Guitar, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Guitar Ensemble at Troy University.

All events are open to the public with free admission. More information is available by calling the Fine Arts Division at (601)477-4094 or by email to Michael Boyd at mike.boyd@jcjc.edu.

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