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Benefit Concert for Cancer-Stricken Guitarist

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Mar 21, 2013 11:54 AM

Ernesto Tamayo

Cuban-born classical guitarist and recording artist Ernesto Tamayo has performed across the United States and around the world. He is also well-known in this region as a teacher, having been on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster and founding the Lancaster Classical Guitar Institute at the Ware Center of Millerville University.  He also launched the annual Lancaster International Guitar Festival, which has presented concerts and competitions over the past four years in March

But this year Ernesto is unable to work on the festival he founded, suffering from a serious medical condition. He has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer which has made it impossible for him to perform or teach.

On Saturday, March 23, a number of Ernesto Tamayo’s friends and former students will present a benefit concert to honor and support the guitarist. All of the money raised will go to helping with medical and other bills.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ware Center.

Well-known classical guitarist Ana Vidovic, who headlined last year’s Guitar Festival, will perform along with guitarists Allen Krantz and David Cullen. Two of Tamayo’s former students, Paul Morton and Matthew Bacon, who have gone on to their own careers as guitarists, will also perform. The finale will include a guitar orchestra of at least 50 guitars made up of Ernesto Tamayo’s friends and students.

Tickets can be purchased online, and special patron tickets are available by calling the Ware Center Ticket Office at 717-872-3811.

You can hear our interview with Harvey Owen, Director of the Ware Center below:





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