Centenary Guitar Students Participate in Special Master Class with Nikita Koshkin

Contact: Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Three guitar students of Centenary teacher Susan Graham will attend a special master class in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday (Jan. 26.) The class will be led by Nikita Koshkin, internationally pre-eminent guitarist and composer of music for guitar.

Evan McClanahan, a junior guitar major at Centenary's Hurley School of Music, will be one of only four participants in the Dallas class who will play for Mr. Koshkin.

"Nikita Koshkin is one of the handful of truly brilliant guitarist-composers working today," Graham says. "He has given the classical guitar world a delightful and mesmerizing composition in The Usher Waltz, which my student, Evan McClanahan, will perform in Wednesday's master class." Usher Waltz is based on the Edgar Allen Poe story The Fall of the House of Usher.

Graham says "Classes such as these are usually sewn up tightly, long in advance . . . . but Bob Guthrie, who heads SMU's guitar program and is coordinating this master class, issued a special invitation to all of Centenary's guitar students to attend this special event." Other Centenary students attending the class will be Jacob Porter, senior, and Aaron Hamner, freshman.

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