Italian Mandolinist Matteo Bevilacqua to Perform at GWU

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — The Gardner-Webb University School of Performing and Visual Arts is pleased to present Italian Mandolinist Matteo Bevilacqua on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium. The concert is free to the public. Karen Hite Jacob will be accompanying Bevilacqua on the harpsichord and piano. Bevilacqua and Jacob will perform a variety of mandolin selections spanning nearly 300 years of music.

Bevilacqua is a graduate of the Conservatory of Pavoa with a degree in Mandolin. He was one of the first Italians to obtain this degree. In 2000, he was selected as the ministerial commissioner for teaching Mandolin in the Conservatory.

Along with his extraordinary work with the Mandolin, he graduated with honors in Violin from the Conservatory. He performs worldwide, has won numerous awards, and has been featured on international recordings.

Jacob is director of the arts, music instructor, and organist at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. In 1977, she established the Charlotte-based early music ensemble, Carolina Pro Musica. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

She is a member and past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society. She has also conducted research, performed, and given presentations around the world. Her work with Carolina Pro Musica has allowed her to take students to other countries.  She was guest Harpsichordist with the Charlotte Symphony in October 2010.

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More information on this event or other performing arts events is available by calling 704-406-4448.

Located in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb University was founded in 1905 and is home to over 4,300 students from 37 states and 21 foreign countries.  Gardner-Webb seeks a higher ground in higher education—one that embraces faith and intellectual freedom, balances conviction with compassion, and inspires in students a love of learning, service, and leadership.