MOUNT VERNON — A free Sunday afternoon concert with “The Raging Ragazzos,” a classical guitar duo of Brian King and Mohit Dubey, will delight the public Sunday, at 2 p.m., at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon.
Studying together under Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory, the duo have performed a wide variety of music, including their own arrangements of famous works by Debussy, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. On their Spring 2018 tour through the midwest and southern United States, the duo will be performing an exciting program of music including Astor Piazzola’s famous “Tango Suite” as well as solo selections from each artist.
Brian King was born in 1996 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and started playing classical guitar when he was 13. In 2010, King was accepted into the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts where he received second place in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition. In his third year, he was accepted into the guitar program of the Aspen Music Festival and School for the summer of 2013 where he studied with Sharon Isbin, guitar professor at Juilliard.
In 2014, King was accepted into the Oberlin Conservatory where he received second place in the James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition during his freshman year. In 2015, King was invited to perform in the Sorrento Guitar Festival in Sorrento, Italy, and in the following year performed at the Classical Guitar Retreat on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland. He will be attending the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this fall for graduate studies. In addition to touring with his guitar duo “The Raging Ragazzos,” he also performs regularly in his flute-guitar duo “The Okapi Duo.”
Mohit Dubey is a young classical guitarist and physicist in the making from Los Alamos, New Mexico. A student of Roberto Capocchi at New Mexico School for the Arts and Stephen Aron at Oberlin Conservatory, Dubey has played concerts across the world — from Santa Fe to Italy to Jordan to India. He has been a semifinalist in the Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition for three consecutive years. As the son of Indian and German scientists, he is excited about using music as a means of expression and storytelling across cultural differences, and exploring the many ways the guitar has been used throughout the world and throughout history.
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665), visit www.knox.net, call or text Linette Porter-Metler, PLMVKC Community Relations Director, at 740-501-0080, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.