DSCC’s International Education Program will present a free concert featuring the group Duo Guitiano Monday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the Union City Rotary Club Music Room located inside the E.H. Lannom, Jr. Gymnasium on the Dyersburg campus.
Duo Guitiano is comprised of the husband and wife team of Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla and Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles.
Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities of Latin-America and the United States. He has worked as a collaborative artist with orchestras featuring stars such as Placido Domingo, James Galway, and Bernadette Peters. Carlos is the co-founder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles, and is known for his innovative technique, clear sound, and soulful interpretations.
Dr. Castilla earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from Los Andes University at Bogotá-Colombia, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He currently teaches all guitar courses at Coastal Carolina Community College (CCCC) and runs a private studio.
Amanda Virelles is a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world, including the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. She began her piano studies in Cuba, continued at Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky, and received a master’s of Fine Arts degree from the Russian Academy of Music Gnessin in Moscow, Russia.
Virelles also received a master’s degree and a doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Dr. Virelles is assistant professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University.
Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served at intermission. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Pope at 731-286-3210.