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Grigoryan brothers guest musicians at Southern Cross Arts Festival


Brigid Veale
4 August 2015
A free concert featuring brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, considered to be Australia’s finest guitar duo, will be held at Southern University’s Coffs Harbour campus on Wednesday, August 12, at 6.30pm.

The concert is one of the key events of the Southern Cross Arts Festival, which has been running throughout the year under the guidance of artistic director Professor Matthew Marshall, from the University’s School of Arts and Social Sciences.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the Grigoryan brothers perform at Coffs Harbour. They are outstanding musicians, who have toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas including Europe, the United States and the Middle East,” Professor Marshall said.

The ARIA-award winning Grigoryan brothers have released six duo albums, including the most recent ‘This Time’, which includes works by internationally acclaimed composers. The brothers have also performed with symphony orchestras and at international festivals in Australia and Europe.

Professor Marshall, who is himself an acclaimed international guitarist, said the duo’s music extended from classical into genres including Latin, jazz, folk and contemporary music.

As part of the Southern Cross Arts Festival, an exhibition of works from the University’s visual arts Honours students will also be on display at the campus, from August 8 to 21. A $1000 prize for the best artwork, to be judged by Dr Leigh Summers from the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, will be announced on August 12. Graduates of the SCU Bachelor of Contemporary Music will also be performing on campus.

“Through the Southern Cross Arts Festival we are showcasing the outstanding talent that is being developed at the University in the creative arts. This is a great opportunity to showcase this talent to the Coffs Harbour community,” he said.

Coffs Harbour events include:

August 8-21, Coffs Harbour campus library
Southern Cross University Honours Art Exhibition, featuring the work of SCU’s visual arts students. Coffs Harbour campus library.

Wednesday, August 12
11.30am-1.30pm, Gathering Space, Coffs Harbour campus.
Lunchtime concert featuring Parkside Orchestra (SCU graduate band and winner of the 2014 National Campus Band Competition) and performances by students from the Coffs Harbour Senior College.

6.30pm, D block lecture theatre, Coffs Harbour campus
Free concert Grigoryan brothers.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Grigoryan brothers will also be performing at the Lismore campus on Thursday, August 13.