posted January 26, 2010

Classical Guitarist Paul Galbraith to Perform Feb. 2

Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Paul Galbraith will bring his unique guitar and renowned talent to Hope College on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

Galbraith has impressed classical music fans and guitar fans alike with his outstanding recordings and his own creation of an eight-string guitar he plays in a cello-like position.

A frequent guest on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and twice featured on "All Things Considered," Glabraith was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Solo Instrumental Album for his two-disk recording, "Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas."  The recording also reached the Top Ten on "Billboard's" classical charts and received a "Four Star" rating in "Stereo Review."

"A textbook case of the living, breathing art of classical music," said "Billboard Magazine."

Other recordings include "Haydn Keyboard Concertos," as well as other recordings of Bach and world folk songs.

His live performances have brought him even more praise.

"I've never heard anyone play like this," wrote a reviewer for "Classical Guitar." "Everything sounded like a masterpiece."

Galbraith first won public acclaim in Great Britain at age 17 in the Segovia International Guitar Competition. Andres Segovia himself called Galbraith's playing "magnificent."

Galbraith revealed his new guitar and playing position in 1989. The instrument's design and his playing style are considered ground-breaking developments in the history of guitar playing.

"What many had come to see and hear was the revolutionary change he has brought to playing the guitar," said "The Sunday Times" in London. "The results were truly remarkable, with an amazing clarity and a huge dynamic range...  The audience was held spellbound."

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $12 for regular admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.