Guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola will perform Friday, Feb. 15, at Western Carolina University.
“An Evening with Frank Vignola,” part of WCU’s 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children.
Prior to his performance, Vignola will conduct a master guitar class at 3 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center. The class is free and open to the public.
Vignola has collaborated with Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops and the New York Pops, among many others. Recognized professionally as one of the best in the music business, the versatile Vignola is skilled in styles from gypsy and jazz to bluegrass. “Vignola, who possesses jaw-dropping technique, wears his influences on the tip of his pick,” wrote Mike Joyce of The Washington Post.
Born on Long Island, New York, Vignola began playing guitar at age 5. Encouraged by his father, a part-time professional banjo player who introduced him to music and musicians, Vignola developed his craft to the extent that by his early 20s he was playing alongside legends such as Les Paul. He studied at a Long Island arts center and came into his own in 1988, when The New York Times hailed his Hot Club of France tribute as one of the top 10 acts in the city that year.
In recent years, Vignola has recorded two collaborative CDs, “Just Between Frets” with Tommy Emmanuel and “Frank ‘N’ Dawg: Melody Monsters” with mandolin player David Grisman. He has written 18 guitar instruction books, recorded six educational DVDs and conducted hundreds of clinics and master classes at universities and colleges throughout the world, including Juilliard and Boston University.
The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization. Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway” will cap the 2012-13 season with an April 19 show. “An Evening with Frank Vignola” is sponsored by the Sylva law practice of Earwood and Moore.
For tickets or more information about Galaxy of Stars events, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.