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GRCC hosts the International Guitar Series today, Feb. 18


For more than 25 years, Grand Rapids Community College has hosted some of the most skilled guitarists in the world, with the International Guitar Series.

“We’ve always featured guitarists, really from all over the world, in a variety of styles,” said Brian Morris, director of the International Guitar Series.

For the this semester, the series will host Ekachai Jearakul, the winner of the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition, which draws artists from all over the world.

“These are players that are the best players in the world, you have to be to win this competition,” Morris said. “This is going to be an amazing concert.”

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in room 200 of the Music Building.

Jearakul, who began studying guitar at 13, has played in 16 different countries and performed with orchestras around the world. His current tour, part of the prize for winning the GFA’s Solo Competition, includes 50 concerts in North and South America, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In addition to being a rare opportunity to see a world class guitarist, this will also be the last International Guitar Series concert to be held in the music building, before undergoing scheduled renovations beginning this summer.

This performance is open to the general public. Admission is $10 for students, $15 for general admission. One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a guest parking voucher sold at the door.

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