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The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center’s next “Jazz at Emerson” concert will feature the smooth sounds of “Spanish Guitar Jazz” performed by Frank Calvagna and Friends at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at the historic Emerson House, 420 N. Main St., Rockford.
Guitarist Frank Calvagna performs contemporary instrumental Spanish guitar music in a style best described as jazz-inspired, nuevo flamenco. His compositions and virtuosity have been compared to artists such as Jesse Cooke and Ottmar Leibert. Backed by percussionist, guitarist and/or a bassist, he regularly performs hundreds of shows annually from duo to quartet format. Performances include festivals, clubs, cafés and wine tastings throughout the Midwest.
With a repertoire consisting of a variety of contemporary, Latin and smooth styles of jazz, they appeal to a variety of audiences.
The repertoire moves beyond the typical jazz instrumental format and places a definite focus on recognizable contemporary modern music. Performances often include flamenco-inspired instrumental versions of well-known tunes by artists like George Benson, Eric Clapton, Gipsy Kings, Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as high-energy original compositions. Whether you are a guitar connoisseur or merely interested in a great background to a romantic evening, Frank Calvagna will deliver.
“Jazz at Emerson” happens the third Thursday each month, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Emerson House in the heart of Rockford’s cultural corridor. Concertgoers can enjoy the swinging sounds of jazz, relax with a complimentary glass of wine and light refreshments, and meet the performers after the program. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit the musicians and the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at www.mendelssohnpac.org, by phone (815-964-9713) and at the door of the concert. Flex Passes are also available offering reduced admission prices.
Posted Jan. 15, 2014