April 7, 2017
Seniors (60 & over): $12.00, Adult: $13.00, Students and School Teachers: $7.00, Children 12 and Under: $5.00, Music & Poetry: All Seats $8.00
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
615 S Durbin St. Casper, WY 82601
Masakazu Ito (www.masakazuito.com) is recognized as one of today's premiere guitarists, acclaimed by musicians, composers, conductors, and critics for his mastery of the instrument and its repertoire.
Since his professional debut in Tokyo 1987, Ito has won top prizes in seven major international guitar competitions, including the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, and the Seto-Ohashi International Competition.
A recital in Germany marked his 1995 European debut. The following year, he performed at the Luckman Theatre in Los Angeles. Of this performance, the Los Angeles Times noted, "Ito displayed conspicuous skill and tonal range… [he] proved himself to be a clean and technically adroit player, whizzing through thorny passages with aplomb."
Ito has performed as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Japan. In March of 2003, he was chosen by the Japanese government to celebrate 150 years of US-Japan relations with a solo guitar recital at the official residence of the Japanese Consul General.
Among his vast repertoire some of his favorite guitar music comes from Spain. The Classical Guitar magazine, London, called Ito's 1998 recording Espana! Music from Spain "a recording of depth… most musically satisfying." His new CD Poesia Pura explores compositions influenced by poesia pura, a Spanish poetic style introduced by Juan Ramon Jimenez (1881-1958), featuring works by Federico Moreno Torroba, Eduardo Sainz de la Maza and Antonio Jose.
The school outreach and concert of this artist are funded by The Laura Jane Musser Fund. Co-Sponsored by the Ramkota