||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Assad Guitar Duo to Perform
at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Jan. 16, 1998 |
EAU CLAIRE -- Sergio and Odair Assad, today's foremost guitar duo, will perform at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday, Feb. 19. Their Artists Series concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
The Assads are recognized internationally for their technical virtuosity, uncanny precision of ensemble, and musical and stylistic sensitivity. The Brazilian-born brothers are credited with reviving contemporary music for the guitar, demonstrating an artistry that has inspired many composers to dedicate works to them.
"A kind of wizardry lies within the playing of Sergio and Odair Assad," wrote The New York Times. The Dallas Morning News called them "a most remarkable duo - so closely knit that you continually had a feeling of an ideal singularity of expression, impetus and intent."
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1952 and 1956 respectively, Sergio and Odair Assad showed an uncanny ability to play guitar together from an early age. They moved to Rio de Janeiro while they were teenagers, for seven years of study with classical guitarist and lutenist Monina Tavora, a disciple and former pupil of Andres Segovia.
"We were always meant to be a team right from the first time we picked up our guitars," the Assads told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We began playing guitar at exactly the same time, we always studied with the same teachers and learned the same music and techniques. Such interaction can only really happen with brothers, because we shared every aspect of our musical education together."
Presently based in Europe, the Assads perform often in recital and with orchestras around the world. In June 1996, "CBS Sunday Morning" featured the duo in Eugenia Zukerman's segment titled "Themselves an Orchestra." In December they performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Sergio and Odair Assad's 1996 recording "Saga dos Migrantes" (Nonesuch) was a New York Times Critics Choice selection.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 21, 2000