Harriet & Charles Luckman

Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423
Date: March 12, 1996

AWARD-WINNING CLASSICAL GUITARIST MASAKAZU ITO
MAKES HIS CALIFORNIA DEBUT AT LUCKMAN THEATRE ON APRIL 14

Japanese-born classical guitarist Masakazu Ito will make his California debut at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. His concert will include works by Spanish composers Granados, Moreno Torroba and Tarrega and by Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian composer Villa Lobos and Japanese composer Yuquijiro Yocoh. For Tickets call (323) 343-6610.

Since his professional Tokyo debut in 1987, Ito has fast become recognized as one of the top young guitarists. He received a Master of Arts from the University of Denver where he studied under Maestro Ricardo Iznaola. Ito has toured the United States and Japan, and has been highly praised among critics.

In addition to numerous appearances as a soloist with orchestras, Ito has performed in several music festivals including the Kiyosato Spanish Music Festival in Japan, the Keystone Music Festival in Colorado and the acclaimed International Guitar Week at the University of Denver. Ito has brought home prizes from major competitions including the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition, Tokyo International, Seto-Ohashi International, Guitar Foundation of America International and the MTNA-Wurlitzer Artist Competition.

Ito's friendship with Japanese superstar musician Kitaro gave a new dimension to his music; the outdoor duo concert they presented in 1991 in Colorado was one of the major achievements during his career. Ito is a faculty member at the University of Denver and Colorado State University.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California.

Located at the junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways on the California State University, Los Angeles campus, Luckman's striking red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public -- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre and ticket information call (323) 343-6610.


WHO:
Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents Masakazu Ito.

WHAT:
Japanese-born classical guitarist Masakazu Ito will make his California debut.

WHERE:
Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A. Junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways.

WHEN:
Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

TICKETS:
$25/$22 for general; $12 for students with I.D. & seniors over 65; group and series prices available. Call (323) 343-6610.

INFO:
Luckman information -- (323) 343-6610.

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