Mercyhurst Visiting Artists Series welcomes guitarist Roland Dyens

French composer and guitarist Roland Dyens, whose improvised concert openings and unique relationship with the audience position him at the forefront of guitar performance today, will entertain in Walker Recital Hall at Mercyhurst College on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. as part of the college’s Visiting Artists Series.

Dyens, who teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, has a sensitive and colorful approach to the guitar — an unfailing open-mindedness, which brings together all forms of music to each and every one of his programs.

Always transformative events, his concerts unfold as personal experiences of emotional awakening for the audience. For those who are unfamiliar with the contours and nuances of classical guitar performance, a Dyens concert is like an inspirational discovery of the instrument and its musical potential.

His compositions and arrangements are widely performed and highly acclaimed throughout the world. They provide a new breath of life for the guitar as this player and composer never ceases to challenge the limitations of his instrument. In addition, he has a natural ability to communicate with younger generations of guitarists through his music.

Tickets for Dyens’ Mercyhurst performance are $10 for adults, seniors, President’s Cardholders, and students, and $3 for MC students and youth (12 and under). Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000 or by visiting

Two other artists scheduled to perform in 2012 as part of Mercyhurst’s Visiting Artists Series are Cleveland, Ohio, native Mark Doss, a Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall, and Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say, on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Call 824-3000 for more information.
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