Classic Strings & Modern Brew

Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • This event is supported in part by the Student Success Fee - Academic Related Programs at San Diego State University.
  • Beer Tasting begins at 6:00 PM
  • Concert begins at 7:00 PM
    • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

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    In partnership with the San Diego Guitar Festival we present a night of classic string music and modern craft beers.

    Recognized as one of the world’s foremost lutenists, Paul O’Dette has helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first century performers of early music aspire. With over 100 recordings and a GRAMMY to his name, his impeccable technique and ability to imitate the human voice makes his performance of early music truly a creative endeavor.

    Joining Paul on stage for the second half of the program is Thomas Viloteau, one of the most gifted classical guitarists of the younger generation. Thomas has studied and performed across the globe and is now finishing his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. In 2015 he was the first guitarist to win the Arthur W. Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, a prize given each year to the best musician in the top music schools and conservatories in the United States.


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    Paul O'Dette

    Paul O'Dette

    Paul O'Dette is an American lutenist, conductor, and musicologist specializing in early music.

    O'Dette began playing the electric guitar in a rock band in Columbus, Ohio, where he grew up. Eventually this led him into playing guitar transcriptions of lute music, and not long after that he opted for the lute (as well as the related archlute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar) as his primary instruments, and now he specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music. He has made more than 120 recordings, earning five GRAMMY nominations, one GRAMMY Award, and numerous other awards. In addition to his activities as a performer, Paul is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of seventeenth-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices and lute technique.

    Since 1976, he has served as Professor of Lute and Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.


    Thomas Viloteau

    Thomas Viloteau

    Thomas Viloteau is considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists of the younger generation and not without reason. His first concert was in his home country of France only a year after he began his studies, in front of an audience of 200 people. Since that concert, Thomas has played in some of the best venues through out the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.

    Born into a family of fine arts enthusiasts, Thomas took his first lesson at the age of twelve. Although a late start for an internationally recognized musician, inspired by listening to Naxos recordings of other prominent classical musicians, Thomas decided at the outset of his career that he wanted to record such a CD too. Eager to learn as much as he could about his instrument, he immediately went on to study at an international level, moving from Barcelona (Escola de Musica Juan Pedro Carrero and Conservatorio Superior Municipal), to Paris (École Normale with a scholarship from Fondation Zigmund Zaleski and CNSM), Tucson (University of Arizona) and San Francisco (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), seeking advice from some of the leading professors like Alvaro Pierri, Alberto Ponce, Judicaël Perroy, Tom Patterson, Roland Dyens and Marc Teicholz. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music under the guidance of Nicholas Goluses and Paul O’Dette.

    Equally as talented as a performer, Thomas has also proven his versatile abilities as a competitor. Thomas has placed in numerous international competitons, taking first prize in the Segovia Competition (Linares, Spain), Mottola (Italy), Ville d’Antony (Paris, France), Sernancelhe (Porto, Portugal) and in 2006, only nine years after he started playing, the renown Guitar Foundation of America International Competition which allowed him to record his first CD with the label Naxos. In the summer of 2012, after years away from competitions, he played for the first time at the Francisco Tàrrega Competition in Benicàssim, where he won the prestigious 1st prize. In December of 2015 he was the first guitarist to win the Arthur W. Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, a prize given each year to the best musician in the top music schools and conservatories in the United States.

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