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American Fork Symphony to perform 'Espana'

Don Davis
Don Davis

AMERICAN FORK — Latin rhythms will be prevalent during the first concert of the American Fork Symphony's 2007-08 season.

Titled "Espana," the concert will be under the direction of conductor Alan Allred.

The concert will feature a performance by classical guitar soloist Don Davis. Davis will perform from "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.

The evening of music will also include performances of a suite of melodies from the musical "Carmen" by Bizet, music from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Evita," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" and "Espana Rhapsody" by Chabrier.

Don Davis is a medical technologist but has been playing the guitar as a hobby for some 50 years. His grandfather, who played the guitar and sang for him, first inspired him. Don taught guitar at Herger's Music Store while attending college. He has also excelled on the banjo, mandolin and electric bass and enjoys many different styles of music.

He accompanies other instrumentalists at fiddle contests all over the western United States, including the National Contest in Weiser, Idaho, winning trophies for best accompanist. After playing in numerous groups during his lifetime, he currently plays with the Utah Old Time Fiddlers and the classical group Quintessential Quintet.

Davis continues the tradition his grandfather started by teaching his grandsons to play and appreciate the love of music. Don has played the guitar, banjo, bass and even harmonica with the American Fork Symphony, and this will be his second solo performance on classical guitar.

If you go . . .

What: American Fork Symphony

Where: American Fork High School, 510 N. 600 East

When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22

Cost: $3/$10 family