Guest guitarist, Phil Hemmo, will perform on the Adams State campus


The Adams State College Department of Music will host the guest guitarist, Phil Hemmo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Leon Memorial Concert Hall.

Hemmo is known throughout the Unites States as a teacher and performer of the classical guitar. His academic training includes degrees from the University of Arizona (B.M.) and Illinois State University (M.M.), as well as study at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv. He has been featured in concert throughout the US and Mexico as a soloist as well as working with symphonies and chamber ensembles. He has performed such large ensemble works as Ramancero Gitano by Castanuavo-Tedesco, Concerto in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo, as well as numerous small ensemble works. In addition to his performing schedule, Hemmo has served on the faculty both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College. Hemmo's students include international competition winners, performing artists, and current University Instructors.

Hemmo is the author of the guitar method text 'Beginning Classroom Guitar' (Thompson Learning 1998 & 2004) which is the textbook of choice for guitar courses across the United States. His latest recording, 'Romantic Works for Classical Guitar' was released in 2010 on the Project Aurora Recordings.

In 2000, he opened Southwest Guitar Studio, which is now Arizona's largest classical guitar store and school. Hemmo is endorsed by Larrivee.

For more information, please contact the Adams State Music Department at 719-587-7621.

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