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Guitar Festival at AUC!

There are guitars everywhere. Guitars have found a way into every musical style from pop to rap and even classical thus (Is this the first Guitar Festival?) The American University in Cairo is having a Guitar Festival to celebrate an instrument that everybody loves.

The two-week guitar festival, which will take place both at AUC’s New Cairo and Tahrir campuses, is scheduled to start on November 1 and end on November 13.

The festival will consist of three components; A series of concerts, Guitar workshops, and a Composing Competition.

The concerts will feature all of AUC guitar faculty including Nathan Fisher and Emad Hamdy, both playing classical Latin and Spanish, Dave Tawfik playing the Electric Guitar, and Bill Evenhouse playing the Steel String. Guest Guitarist, David Pavlovits, will from Budapest, Hungary also is scheduled to perform. Concerts are open to the public and admission is free.

The second component of the festival, the Guitar Workshops, is limited to AUC students. All students are welcome to attend the workshops with the exception of the advanced Master Classes. Taught by a foreign guitar celebrity as a privilege, these classes are restricted to students taking applied private guitar instruction at AUC.

The third part of the festival is the Composing Competition. The competition aims at increasing the reputation of the guitar here in Egypt. Any Egyptian who writes music for the guitar in Egyptian national style, whether living in the country or abroad, can compete. A reward of a 1000 Egyptian pounds will be given to the First Prize Winner, 500 Egyptian pounds for the Second Prize Winner, and 250 Egyptian Pounds for the Third Prize Winner.

“It’s very important to keep a festival atmosphere festive,” said Music Professor Nathan Fisher, “and in order to do that you have to include people from the outside [both performers and spectators], and that gets people from the outside excited about AUC and what’s going on here plus they get to see the new campus and they get to learn more about what’s going on here by seeing that we have really high quality programs and teachers.”

 “It’s the first year an event of that sort takes place in AUC and it will hopefully be foreshadowing other new festivals that  come to AUC including an Arabic music festival that we’re hoping will happen next semester,” Fisher added.

Lookout for posters and publicity to appear soon. Instead of the same old café outings, take your friends, and your boyfriend or girlfriend to the guitar concert. If you have access to a guitar make use of your free time and join the workshops. And if you write music, or are interested in writing music, for the guitar, this maybe your chance to be recognized and you might end up with a thousand pounds in your hands.

By Nouran Khalil

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