RECENTLY returned from a European tour of Edinburgh, Seville and Verona, internationally-acclaimed 10-string Spanish classical guitarist Matthew Fagan, RIGHT, is set to light up Mildura on Wednesday, February 20.

Fagan, better known as the ‘Lord of Strings,’ will take to the stage at the Museum of Innocence as part of his new Spanish flamenco and classical guitar concert.

The performance will combine musical passion and virtuosity to celebrate the ‘Spirit of Spain El Vito,’ while also marking the launch of Fagan’s first vinyl 12-inch LP ‘El Vito.’

El Vito is the first new Spanish guitar vinyl release in Australia in 30 years.  

A special highlight on the new album is six arrangements of dances and ballads from George Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ from the original orchestral score, and a selection will feature in the concert.

Fagan brings together the traditional flamenco elements of Spanish guitar with the concert masterpieces of composers Isaac Albeniz, Manuel De Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo and George Bizet. 

The show also features the colourful and rhythmic sounds of South American classical and Latin masterpieces.  

Guest singer Kellie Grace will share vibrant and joyous Brazilian/Latin Bossa Nova jazz as part of the performance.

Fagan has long been established as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar, and has toured with Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club, Shirley Bassey, Natalie Cole and Michael Crawford. 

Fagan performs regularly in major concert venues nationally and internationally, and has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide as a soloist, with orchestra and bands including extensive touring across Europe, South America, Alaska, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia.  

Highlight performances include major concert arenas in Australia – Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne Concert Hall, National Gallery of Australia, Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Festival Centre – and 10 years of consecutive performances at the Melbourne International Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival, Melbourne Guitar Show, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals.   

Fagan’s music education includes stints at the Victorian College of the Arts (Performance – classical and improvisation), Monash University (Ethnomusicology, Composition Education) and a Masters PHD of Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne.  

He has studied and/or performed with John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Joe Pass and Tommy Emmanuel amongst others.

Tickets for the Mildura performance are $20 for adults and concession (pre-booked), or $45 for family passes (two adults and two children). Tickets will also be available at the door (subject to availability) for an extra $5. 

Tickets are available online at www.trybooking.com/BALYC. More information is available by visiting www.matthew-fagan.com.