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Drake to feature free faculty guitar recital

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Aaron Powell

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Guitarist Aaron Powell, a teaching artist at Drake University, will present “Guitar Music of Giuliani, Domeniconi, Villa-Lobos and Llobet” on Sunday, Jan. 25.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

The classical guitar pieces represent styles ranging from the Romantic Era to the 20th Century.

“The program is full of pieces I really enjoy,” Powell said. “Each song contains something exciting — from the light and fun Giuliani Grand Overture to the haunting Koyunbaba by Domeniconi.”

Powell joined Drake in the fall of 2008. He also teaches guitar lessons for Des Moines Area Community College, Grand View University and his alma mater, Simpson College.

In addition to teaching more than 60 guitar students during the week, Powell said that performing also is an important aspect of his career. He has participated in master classes with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Sergio and Odair Assaad, Antigoni Goni and Christopher Parkening.  

Powell performs more than 50 dates a year, including solo recitals, various private events and a weekly engagement at the Iowa Culinary Institute in Ankeny, Iowa. He also has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Des Moines Playhouse and the Des Moines Symphony.

“I’m so honored to be a part of the Drake teaching faculty and to present this recital,” Powell said. “If a person has never heard classical guitar, this would be the concert to begin with, because each piece brings something unique and exciting.”

For information on Powell’s upcoming concerts and other events visit www.powellguitar.com.