Acclaimed guitarist to play with symphony orchestra

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present guitarist Eliot Fisk in a series of three concerts.

The concerts will be performed Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Canfield Casino, Saratoga; Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; and on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass.

The orchestra, under the direction of David Alan Miller, will perform the world premiere of Robert Beaser's new Guitar Concerto, written especially for Fisk. In addition, Fisk will play some of Paganini's Caprices.

Fisk is founder and director of The Boston Guitar Fest, an annual event held inJune at the New England Conservatory. Eliot lives in Boston, Salzburg and Granada, Spain, with his wife, acclaimed guitarist Zaira Meneses, and their 6-year-old daughter, Raquel.

His Web site is www.eliotfisk.com.

On Thurs- day, Feb. 26, Vanguard-Albany Symphony will host an informal gathering with Miller accompanied by guest artists and composers. Prevues are presented free of charge between noon and 1pm at the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave.

Prior to Friday's concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall a free, 30-minute talk with Miller will be held at 7:30. He will introduce people to the music, composers and artists. Classical Conversations are held in the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 57 Second St., Troy.

Tickets for the Canfield Casino Concert are available from the Saratoga County Arts Council 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs or by calling the Palace Theatre Box Office at 465-4663. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.

Tickets for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall concert are $25 to $49 for adults and $15 for students. They can be obtained by calling 273-0038.

For tickets for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center concert, call 413-528-0100.""

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