Faculty and Guest Artist Concerts to Fill University Recital Hall on Feb. 5

1/26/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall will host two music concerts on Saturday, Feb. 5, both of which are free and open to the public. Performances will begin at 3 p.m. with a faculty recital featuring oboist Courtney Miller and bassoonist Ian Hoy. Later at 7:30 p.m., a guest artist recital will feature guitarist Mir Ali.

Performing pieces by Clara Schumann, Antonio Vivaldi, Francis Poulenc, Carl Maria von Weber and Dutilleux, Miller and Hoy will be assisted by Pavlina Grebenarova-Draganova on piano. While both are faculty members of the Ashland University Department of Music and graduates of The Cleveland Institute of Music, they also perform professionally with various orchestras throughout Ohio.

Miller is a member of The Canton Symphony Orchestra and is also an active performer with City Music Cleveland, The Akron Symphony, The Erie Philharmonic, The Toledo Symphony, Red: An Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Hoy is principal bassoon with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and acting co-principal bassoon with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. He has previously played with the Cleveland Pops, Marion Philharmonic, Youngstown, Canton, Muncie, Anderson and Kokomo symphonies.

Ali, a Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer, has been described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as "an exceptional nylon string guitarist" and by NPR as "mesmerizing and hypnotic." Since winning his first guitar competition at the age of 13, Ali has been raising eyebrows of audiences and music critics around the globe with unique, expressive and dazzling performances.

He is a fluent performer of flamenco guitar, an experienced jazz stylist, a trained practitioner of North Indian classical music, an award-winning classical guitarist, and a composer of music in several genres. In 2003, Ali composed an original soundtrack for the documentary Roots and Branches - personal reflections on adoption, which was given the "Award of Excellence" by the Film advisory Board in Hollywood.

A much in-demand soloist, chamber and studio musician and guitar pedagogue, Ali's performances and master classes have taken him to four continents and he has been greeted with standing ovations and critical acclaim. He has performed across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. In the past two seasons, he has toured Spain, Italy, Canada, and has performed at New York's Shea Stadium before a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

Ali currently resides in Buffalo, N.Y., where he serves as president of the Buffalo Guitar Society and director of the Rantucci International Guitar Festival and Competition. He has served on the music faculties of the University of Akron in Ohio and currently directs the guitar program at the Amherst School of Guitar.

For more information about these performances, visit the web site at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music>, find "Ashland University Music" on Facebook or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.