Bemidji Concert Series to feature Petar Jankovic

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic, internationally acclaimed for his artistic translation of music into emotion, will perform November 10 as the third installment of the sixth annual Bemidji Concert Series presented by the Bemidji State University Department of Music.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at Bemidji State. Individual event tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students; and season tickets start at $50 per adult and $15 per student for the three performances remaining in the series of five concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the Bemidji State University Department of Music, Lueken’s Village Foods North and Tutto Bene. If available, tickets also will be sold at the door.

Petar Jankovic
Jankovic is the first classical guitarist featured on the Bemidji Concert Series schedule. He began his guitar studies at the age of eight in his native Yugoslavia, gave his first professional performance at 16 and launched his professional career in 1985. His expressive interpretation of compositions, charisma with audiences and technical expertise have earned him international acclaim, and he has performed numerous concerts and given masters classes in the United States, Japan, Europe and the Far East.

In 1997, Jankovic earned the distinction as the first guitarist to ever win the Graduate Top Strings Award at the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. His virtuoso abilities have won him high regard with the world’s classical music community, and he has garnered numerous prestigious awards at international competitions. Some of these include:

• 1998 Bronze medal at the H.R.H Princess Cristina International Guitar Competition, Madrid, Spain
• 1998 First Prize at the First Annual Competition in Performance of Hispano-American music, Bloomington, Ind.
• 1998 Bronze medal at the M.M. Ponce International Guitar Competition, Mexico City.

Jankovic earned a master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and in the mid 1990s, the I.U. School of Music invited him to pursue the esteemed Artist Diploma Degree under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College of Indiana in 1997 and today is a faculty member of the I.U. School of Music. His repertoire includes a full array of music by contemporary composers and the sounds of the Spanish and Latino-American world, including pieces by composers such as Albeniz, Torrobba, Pipo, Piazolla and Ponce. A forthcoming CD release in 2008 will include recordings by composers Villa-Lobos, Tansman, Granados, Merlin and Tirao.

BCS donor members
Those wishing to further support the Bemidji Concert Series may do so by purchasing season tickets in donor membership packages at one of three levels: patron, $100, one season ticket; sustaining member, $250, two season tickets; or priority member, $500, two season tickets with choice of reserved seating. Supporting members will be listed in each concert program in recognition of their commitment to help the series grow and continue to attract top-quality performers. Donations exceeding the regular season ticket price are tax deductible.

Regular season tickets and membership packages may be ordered by mailing a check to the Department of Music, Attn: Bemidji Concert Series, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699 or visiting any of the ticket sales locations.

Performance schedule
• Wayne Bergeron, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 1; jazz trumpeter Bergeron is recognized as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene and in 1986 landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band.

• Chiu Ling Lin and Chiu Tze Lin, 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11; the dynamic Lin sisters are world-renowned pianists who have developed a unique rapport as duo pianists touring and performing widely.

History and sponsorship
The Bemidji Concert Series began six years ago with the goal of making Bemidji the cultural center for northern Minnesota and providing the Bemidji region with music that could not commonly be heard without traveling to the Twin Cities.

All performances will be held at the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The series is supported by sponsorships from the BSU Department of Music, Bemidji “Pioneer,” the Bemidji Super-8 Motel, and the BSU Student Activity Allocation Committee.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (218) 755-2915.

Nov. 10
– 7:30 p.m. – Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic in the third installment of the sixth annual Bemidji Concert Series. Location: Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State University campus: Admission: $20 adults, $15 students.