Free Guitar Workshop for Ages 8 Through 14

In conjunction with String, the annual festival of guitars presented by The Ananda Center for the Arts, Massillon Public Library Children’s Department will host a free workshop for young people led by two leading international acoustic guitar musicians. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Massillon Public Library auditorium.
 
Eight through fourteen-year-olds who register will have the opportunity to interact with Randall Avers and Benoît Albert, who perform in Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa, and North America as Les Frères Méduses (the Jellyfish Brothers). The workshop is limited to twelve students.
 
Students who have their own guitars are encouraged to bring them. Instruments will be provided for the evening for those without one. The instructors will welcome beginners as well as experienced players.  
 
Les Frères Méduses, who reside in Europe, perform historical and contemporary music that is up-tempo and energetic. In addition to typical duo guitar repertoire, they introduce original compositions and free improvisation to their performances.
 
Randall Avers, who grew up in Massillon, began playing classical guitar at the age of six.  His first public concert was at the Massillon Museum as a highly talented middle school student.  He trained with prominent teachers throughout the United States, France, and Norway.  Benoît Albert grew up in southwestern France, where he began studying classical guitar at age fourteen.  He acquired his formal education at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he graduated with top honors.
 
Albert and Avers began their collaboration at the Conservatoire de Paris in 1999. Since 2009, Les Frères Méduses have performed more than sixty concerts in the United States, France, and Norway, both as a duo and as soloists with orchestra.
 
Workshop participants may also want to attend the String concert on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Massillon Museum.  In addition to Les Frères Méduses, a merger of two local high school student ensembles will perform an original piece followed by a performance by the composer, Joe Williams, from Austin, Texas. Free tickets will be available to Massillon Public Library workshop participants.
 
Additional information about the String outreach program and concerts is available at www.stringfestival.org or go to www.theanandacenter.org and follow the “String Festival” link. The Ananda Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization providing a venue for local artists of all genres to teach, learn, collaborate, and celebrate the arts in Massillon.  String is one of Ananda’s primary annual initiatives.
 
Massillon Public Library is located at 208 Lincoln Way East. Free parking is available in the Library lot, entrance on Second Street, N.E. The Children’s Department of the library is dedicated to providing free resources and inspiration for learning for young people throughout its service area. 
 
To register for the workshop, contact the Children’s Department at 330.832.5037.