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Award-Winning Guitarist To Perform At USC Upstate

10- 06- 2006

 

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Award-winning guitarist Christopher Berg will present a recital of music from Spain and the Americas on Tuesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The concert will feature music by Isaac Albeniz, Agustin Barrios, Francisco Tarrega Antonio Lauro, and Miguel Llobet.

Berg received his training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, in master classes with Andrés Segovia at the University of Southern California and at the Schola Cantorum Basilensis in Switzerland.  His New York debut concert at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1981 was praised by the New York Times for its "special sensitivity."  Berg has since performed hundreds of guitar concerts throughout the United States.

Berg has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship and by the South Carolina Arts Commission as a recipient of two Solo Artist Fellowships. The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) called his playing "a stellar display of guitar virtuosity...an awesome talent" and The State (Columbia, SC)  found his performance of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez "electrifying...hugely enjoyable and freshly played."

The Pilgrim Forest, Berg’s CD of original composition, has been praised as “radiant and compelling” by The State. The Guitar Foundation of America wrote “Berg’s performance is beautiful.”

Berg is currently a professor of music at the University of South Carolina where he directs the classical guitar program. His students have won top prizes in regional and national competitions.  During 1999-2000 he was honored by USC as a recipient of a Michael J. Mungo Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.  In 2003 he was awarded the Cantey Outstanding Faculty Award by the School of Music for performance, research and teaching. His former students have created the Christopher Berg Endowment Fund at USC that supports an annual award to an undergraduate guitar student.

The October 17th concert is sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts and Communications Studies at USC Upstate. Admission is free but donations for the music scholarship fund will be accepted. For ticket information call the Cultural Events Box Office at (864) 503-5695.  For further details, contact Marty Fort, instructor of applied music at USC Upstate, at 803-240-7276 or mfort@uscupstate.edu.