The fourth annual Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Guitar Festival, with concerts, a master class series and workshops, begins Friday, March 28th, and runs through Sunday, March 30th.

The festival will showcase students and renowned performers such as GaÎlle Solal, Hubert K”ppel and the Eden Stell Duo.

Solal, who was born in Marseilles, France, will jump-start the festival with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday. An instructor at the Superior Conservatory in Seville, Spain, she will also lead a technique workshop 9 a.m. Saturday.

The guitarist began studying the craft at age six with RenÈ Bartoli. Then at 14, Solal won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseille and was awarded the “Prix de la Ville de Marseille.”

K”ppel, a native of Cologne, Germany, will have a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday. The professor, who has studied with Konrad Ragossnig and Oscar Ghiglia, will offer a master class at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Giving concerts and master classes at guitar festivals isn’t new for K”ppel, according to an LMU spokesman. He also often sits as a jury member for major guitar competitions.

The Eden Stell Duo will have an ensemble coaching session at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The British double act will close the festival with a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Mark Eden and Christopher Stell graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music as recipients of the Principal’s Prize for Achievement and the Julian Bream Prize. The Eden Stell Duo also studied in Brussels with the Brazilian Guitar Duo SÈrgio and Odair Assad.

The Youth Artists Showcase Concert at 11 a.m. Saturday will feature 100 young guitar players in solo, small ensemble and guitar orchestra settings.

A vendors and luthiers fair will last all weekend long, while a free luthiers discussion and demonstration will occur 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A festival pass to all events is $65 for general admission and $45 for students with identification. Single concert tickets are $22 general admission and $15 for students. The Youth Artists Showcase Concert is $5. Classes and workshops are $5 each.

All the events will happen at the Murphy Recital Hall, 1 LMU Drive in Westchester.

Information, (310) 338-7588 and www.lmu.edu/guitarseries/.

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