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October 2, 2007


CSU Dominguez Hills to Host Guitar Foundation of America
Annual Convention and Competition

Carson, CA –From Oct. 16 to 21, California State University, Dominguez Hills will host the Guitar Foundation of America’s (GFA) 2007 International Convention and Competition.

Taking place in the University Theatre, the event will showcase musicians from across the globe. It is considered one of the world’s premier classical guitar festivals and competitions. CSUDH guitar studies program coordinator, Dr. Scott Morris, is the convention’s director this year.

“Having the GFA convention here at CSUDH is so exciting for the guitar program and for the music department,” Morris said. “I believe this should be a source of pride for the entire university.”

During the five full days of the convention, leading classical guitarists from Europe, North and South America will conduct lectures and master classes, as well as perform in concert. The scholarly portion of the convention will take place until noon, with recitals reserved for afternoons and evenings. Italian virtuoso Carlo Marchione will kick off the convention with an opening ceremony performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. A full schedule of events is available online at GFA’s web site, www.guitarfoundation.org.

The competition portion of the convention will feature the International Solo Competition with cash prizes totaling $12,750 and a youth guitarist solo competition with cash prizes totaling $2,800. The youth competition finals on Sunday, Oct 21, will be open to the public. The semi-finals for the International Solo Competition will be Friday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 21. There also will be the Youth Ensemble Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Individual tickets for performances and the competitions are available. Prices are either $20 or $30. A pass to the entire week of lectures and concerts is $285 or $160 for the weekend only. Convention passes are being sold through www.guitarfoundation.org. Individual tickets are available at www.zaptix.com.

The University Theatre is located off Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street at Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $3 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.

For more information, call (310) 243-3521.

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About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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