Guitar and oboe ensemble kicks off annual classical guitar series

Davis Arts Center
1919 F Street, Davis, CA 95616

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Liz Phinney |
Phone: 530.756.4100
Fax: 530.756.3041

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January 29, 2013

Guitar and oboe ensemble kicks off annual classical guitar series.

Davis, CA – The Davis Arts Center’s 4th Annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series kicks off at 8 pm on February 8 with a performance by guitar and oboe ensemble D’Amore Duo. Featuring guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon Jee Sohn, the duo has released three critically acclaimed recordings and performed around the globe to enthusiastic reviews.

D’Amore Duo was founded in 1991 specifically to investigate the little known wealth of chamber music for guitar and oboe — a unique blend of sound, according to Matthew Grasso, who organizes the concert series each year for the Art Center.
“The guitar is a plucked instrument, so when you strike a note it is already ‘decaying,’” Grasso said. “But like the human voice, the oboe is a sustaining instrument. To have these different qualities from two different instruments [in a duo] is a beautiful combination.”

The series will continue with performances by Quarteto Nuevo on March 15, Duo SF on April 19 and Trio Seven on May 17. Grasso said he selected each of these groups to allow audiences to hear the guitar in relationship to different instruments or in different configurations.

Grasso said his vision for the annual guitar series has always been to bring a new appreciation of the guitar ensemble to local audiences. “Most people associate classical guitar with solo performance,” he said. “[The ensemble] is a relatively young aesthetic in the guitar world, and there’s not a lot of literature for it. Most of these groups have to search out composers or arrangers to write for them.”

What: Davis Arts Center’s 4th Annual Classical Guitar Ensemble Series
When: 8 pm – February 8, March 15, April 19, May 17
Where: Davis Arts Center, 1919 F Street, Davis, CA 95616
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for children age 12 and under
Information: 530.756.4100,


The Davis Arts Center, located at 1919 F Street, is a gathering place for dynamic engagement with the arts. Through multidisciplinary classes and programs for the regional community, the Art Center inspires creative expression in people of all ages and fosters an environment for the arts to flourish.