Contemporary guitarist Claudio Calmens to perform

Claudio Calmens, a contemporary guitarist from Argentina, will perform a program of modern works at 8 p.m Friday, Feb. 9, in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St. The concert is free and open to the public.

A former student of classical guitar under Jorge Martinez Zarate, Calmens’ recent work has been as an interpreter of avant-garde works, focusing on a contemporary repertoire for electric and MIDI guitars. Calmens also performs with theater and chamber groups. The program will include works for acoustic and electric guitar by Mary Roberts, Howard Skempton, Larry Polansky, Philip Corner and Calmens himself.

Born in Bah’a Blanca in 1962, Calmens graduated from the Gilardo Gilardi Provincial Conservatory, where he is now a professor of music. Calmens also teaches at the Berisso School of Art and is a member of a six-member group of contemporary composers called Alternative Sonorities.

The annual Alvin E. David Concert is funded by a bequest to Bates College made in 1998 by Alvin David, father of Gerald David, Bates class of 1960, from Morris Plain, N.J. The endowed fund supports a classical concert on campus.

For more information, call the Olin Arts Center at 207-786-6135.

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