Muriel Anderson & Stanley Jordan come to Memorial Hall

Muriel Anderson & Stanley Jordan come to Memorial Hall


Muriel Anderson, noted female guitarist, and her friend, Stanley Jordan, will give Charlotte’s Web audiences a treat when they take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street.

Widely respected as the premier woman fingerstyle guitarist on the scene today, Anderson has released seven CDs, two videos, and has authored numerous articles and instructional books. She is the first woman to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and is host and originator of the renowned “Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night.” She has written title tracks to four albums, has composed music for guitar and cello, guitar and choir, and guitar and orchestra, and is currently working on a project for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

With her imaginative playing and impeccable classical technique in her own original style, Anderson has become a favorite with audiences. She plays a signature model guitar by Paul McGill in Nashville, Tenn. and uses GHS La Classique strings. She also plays a steel string guitar built by master luthier Kevin Ryan, and a harp-guitar built by Del Langjans.

Muriel Anderson comes from a musical family in Downers Grove, Ill., and she continues their tradition. She studied classical guitar at DePaul University, later studied with classical virtuoso Christopher Parkening and with Nashville legend Chet Atkins. In 1989, she won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. The Chicago Tribune stated, “Acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson… has justifiably gained a reputation as one of the world’s best and most versatile guitar instrumentalists.”

Her fellow performer, Stanley Jordan, is one of the most significant guitarists of the last two decades. He shot into phenomenal success with 1985’s Magic Touch (#1 on Billboard’s jazz chart for 51 weeks). He has appeared on the Tonight Show, David Letterman, VH-1 and BET. Although he uses some traditional flat-picking and finger-picking, he is most noted for developing the “Touch” or “Tapping” technique to create music that sounds like two or three guitars at once. “Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightly applied to Stanley Jordan,” said Leonard Feather in the Los Angeles Times.

The show is co-sponsored by WNIJ 89.5. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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