Milligan presents guitar recital in honor of 150th anniversary

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2016) — Internationally-renowned guitar virtuosi Douglas James and Pasquale Rucco will present a recital of music from the period of Milligan College’s founding in 1866, celebrating the college’s 150th anniversary. This free and public concert will take place Sunday, Feb. 21, on 3 p.m. in Milligan’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center.

Combining a historically-informed approach with world-class musicianship, Rucco and James perform exclusively on authentic instruments from the 19th century and are experts of guitar literature from that period. The two first met and became friends at guitar festivals in northern Italy during the early 1990’s and are now internationally-recognized authorities in the early Romantic style.

The duo’s repertoire features some of the most famous of the early 19th century guitar duo masterpieces as well as newly-discovered gems. Their concert programs frequently include works by the more familiar composers such as Carulli, Giuliani and Sor combined with their lesser known contemporaries including Filipo Gragnani, François de Fossa, Antoine Baron de Barcó, Frederic Spina and Antoine de Lloyer.

“We are excited to host musicians of this caliber, who have played in prestigious venues all over the world,” said Dr. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music and chair of the Milligan Arts Council. “We welcome audiences of all ages to come celebrate Milligan’s rich history through a wonderful evening of music.”

This event is sponsored by the Milligan Arts Council.