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Homage to Fernando Sor CD and Concert Premiere
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When: 9/8/2012
8:00 PM
Where: Willamette University: Hudson Hall
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon  97301
United States
Contact: John Doan
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Homage to Fernando Sor
CD and Concert Premiere
For more information go to:

Salem, Oregon — Emmy nominee and award winning composer and guitarist John Doan, will perform at the Willamette University, Hudson Hall located at 900 State Street in downtown Salem, Oregon 97301, at 8:00PM on Saturday, September 8, 2012. Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department or by phone at $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors, children and students under 18. Tickets at the door are $18.00. Willamette University students, faculty, and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited). For more information and phone reservations call (503) 370-6255. In this debut program Doan brings his love of music and history together to engage his audience with an immersion experience into the life and times of Fernando Sor (1778-1839) the premiere nineteenth century guitarist who has become known today as the "Father of the Classical guitar.”

A few years ago John Doan acquired a guitar that Sor may have commissioned to be built in London in 1819 and will feature it in this program among other instruments from the period. On this instrument Doan has composed new works in the style of Sor that he will be premiering in this performance.

"Hearing Sor’s works on an original instrument filled me with awe and added dimension to my understanding of his music and who he may have been as a person,” said the Willamette music professor. "As I heard something from the past in the present I began to conceive new music in Sor’s style based on various examples of his own works. It is this conversation seemingly outside of the constraints of time that I will share with the audience who will be given a rare glimpse into the inspirational world of musical thinking and emotion.” Doan’s preshow and program will be accompanied by images of period paintings whose subject embraces Spain and the guitar.

Doan’s new recording "Homage to Fernando Sor” is a follow up release to his ground breaking "The Lost Music of Fernando Sor” that was a worldwide debut of Sor’s music for the three-necked harpolyre (see Doan on Youtube playing the harpolyre with nearly three million views!

Over the years Doan’s versatility has been remarkable having performed and recorded with the legendary Burl Ives and toured with Mason Williams (of "Classical Gas" fame), The New Christy Minstrels, Ricki Lee Jones, among others and his virtuoso playing and arranging has attracted praise from no less guitar luminaries than Chet Atkins and Doc Watson. He is recognized as the pioneer of the twenty-string harp guitar (the "John Doan Model” is being constructed in Ukraine and will be available worldwide in 2013).

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including the Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special "A Victorian Christmas With John Doan” (seen on PBS) as well as his "Eire – Isle of the Saints” CD that won "Best Celtic Album of the Year.” Doan is an Associate Professor of Music at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

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