Sewanee Guitar Festival


Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:30 p.m., St. Luke's Chapel
William Yelverton, professor of guitar
Peter Povey, professor of violin and viola
Jazz guitar duo: Chip Henderson & Andy Reiss
Friday, March 9, 2018
7:30 p.m., Guerry Auditorium
Silviu Ciulei and the Maharajah Flamenco Trio
Saturday, March 10, 2018
7:30 p.m., Guerry Auditorium
Jorge Caballero, guitar
The concert on Thursday, March 8th is free and open to the public.
The concert on Friday, March 9th is fre with a valid Sewanee I.D. and $15.00 for adults, $9.00 for students with a valid I.D. from another school.
The concerton Saturday, March 10th is free with a valid Sewanee I.D. and $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for students with a valid I.D. from another school.
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"This is a rare treat for Sewanee," says Dr. William Yelverton, professor of guitar. "This is the first time that the University will present a world class solo concert guitarist as a part of the Sewanee Performing Arts Series on the Guerry stage. On Saturday, Jorge Caballero will play works you'll never hear again on guitar, works originally for piano, and for orchestra. Silviu Ciulei will be performing both solo and with his flamenco band on Friday in Guerry. He'll play both classical and his flamenco compositions in the form and tradition of flamenco dances. He also sings in the flamenco style. If you like the Gypsy Kings, you'll like the Maharjah Flamenco Trio."

The headliners for this festival will be Peruvian American classical guitarist Jorge Caballero performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in Guerry Auditorium, and Romanian classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Ciulei with the Maharajah Flamenco trio performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, also in Guerry. Preceding these concerts, there will be a Sewanee faculty concert in St. Luke's Chapel 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with William Yelverton, professor of guitar, and Peter Povey, professor of violin. The second half of this opening concert will feature the jazz guitar duo of Chip Henderson and Andy Reiss. Henderson is a well-known jazz guitarist and educator; Reiss is best known for his work with Vince Gill's Grammy Award-winning group the Time Jumpers.

Jorge Caballero is one of the greatest virtuoso classical guitarists in the world today. His programs are unique, as they often contain monumental transcriptions of music originally written for other instruments, including keyboard and orchestral works. He is the First Prize winner of the Naumburg and Tokyo International Competitions.

Silviu Ciulei is both a virtuoso classical guitarist and flamenco guitarist and singer. He has won a number of classical guitar competition awards since coming to America in 2004 to study at MTSU. While on tour in Romania, William Yelverton met Silviu as a high school student and immediately recognized his amazing talent. Silviu was awarded MTSU's first international music scholarship and went on to complete a doctorate in guitar performance from Florida State University.

The concert is cosponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Sewanee Performing Arts Series. 

For more information about these individual musicians, see their websites below.

For more information about the Sewanee Guitar Festival, contact Yelverton at


Performances between St Luke's Chapel and Guerry Auditorium.

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