GuitarFest returns with a concert trio at APSU’s Mabry Concert Hall


CLARKSVILLE, TN — Austin Peay State University will host its annual GuitarFest March 14-16. This year’s event will feature three concerts, each featuring an esteemed guitarist showcasing a different style. Concerts – all free and open to the public – begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Mabry Concert Hall in the APSU Music/Mass Communication building at Eighth and Marion streets.

This year’s musicians are:

  • Alan Mearn, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Mearn is a virtuoso classical guitarist and former student of Austin Peay. His concert will focus on music from his recently recorded CD of virtuoso Bach transcriptions.
  • Paulo Oliveira, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. Oliveira is a Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist and is an assistant professor of music at Belmont University. It will present a mixed program of jazz and Brazilian music by Metheny, Bonfá, Bosco and original compositions, including a loop pedal.
  • Rene Izquierdo, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Izquierdo is an internationally renowned virtuoso Cuban classical guitarist and professor of music at the University of Milwaukee.

GuitarFest is sponsored by the APSU Department of Music and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

For more information, contact APSU Music Professor Dr. Stanley Yates at or the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.

Brian Dunn, APSU


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