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Classical guitarist to perform on the UMFK campus

October 9, 2007

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Classical guitarist, Petar Jankovic will perform at the Fox Auditorium on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m.

Admission at the door is $8 per person and UMFK students are free.

Jankovic is an artist who masterfully translates music into emotion.  He connects with the audience. Whether you have heard him play one time or one hundred times, you will be moved.

What is most appealing about Jankovic's style is his genuine, expressive interpretation of any given composition.  More than a classical guitar player, he is a person with the gift of communicating honest emotions of the human experience.

Jankovic has received overwhelming international acclaim.  Since beginning his professional music career in 1985, he has delighted audiences at recitals and enlightened students in his master classes throughout Europe and the United States.

He began his guitar studies at age 8 in his native Yugoslavia. While in Yugoslavia, he became a two-time gold medal, silver medal, and two-time bronze medal winner at the National Music Competition. At age 16, he delivered his first professional performance, and by age 20, the Community College in Belgrade invited the young, talented Jankovic to share his expertise with beginning classical guitar students.

Still dedicated to sharing his talent through both performing and teaching, Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College of Indiana in 1997. At present, he is a faculty member at the I.U. School of Music.

In 1998, he released "Romantico" - a CD exploring the sounds of the romantic Spanish and Latino-American world, and featuring Jankovic's interpretations of pieces by famous composers such as Albeniz, Torrobba, Pipo, Piazzolla, and Ponce. In 2002, Jankovic released his "Bogdanovic, Brouwer, Dyens" CD featuring works by the most prominent and played classical guitar composers living today.

The event is sponsored by Student Activities and The International Performers Series. For more information, please contact Ray Phinney at 207-834-7850.