BOONE—The guitar duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James will perform Feb. 18 in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission to the 8 p.m. performance is free.
Rucco and James perform on 19th-century guitars.
Their program includes Antoine de Lhoyer’s “Grand Duo, Op. 31, No. 3,” two movements from Anton Diabelli’s “Orpheus Melodische Sätze fur Zwey Guitarren,” Mauro Giuliani’s “Variazioni Concertanti, Op. 130” and a movement from Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” arranged by Giuliani.
Italian guitarist Rucco is the winner of several European guitar competitions, including the 1989 Arturo Toscannini Solo Guitar Competition for the performance of 19th-century music. Since then he has performed regularly in Europe and the United States, both as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in the 19th-century literature played on period instruments. Rucco is also the founding director of a consortium of music academies operating in the greater Naples region.
James has received numerous prizes and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships. He performs frequently throughout the United States and in Europe, and has been featured on major classical radio broadcasts including NPR’s Performance Today.
James is professor of guitar in the Hayes School of Music. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Guitar Foundation of America.
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