Muscatine Art Center kicks off fall concert series Sept. 18

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MUSCATINE, Iowa–The Muscatine Art Center will welcome an array of musicians in a series of free performances this fall. The first concert features the music of Francis Verba, a French classical guitarist with a wide and colorful repertoire of European and Latin American music. The concert will be held in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Verba plays a unique, custom-made guitar. His revolutionary method for holding the instrument allows him to express profundity and purity in his sounds, enchanting all of the senses. Verba has been awarded first prizes in several national and international competitions. He has performed in over 50 countries and served as the Executive Director of the highly prestigious “Concours International de Guitare de Radio France” guitar competition.

“The Francis Verba concert has been many, many months in the making,” states Melanie Alexander, Muscatine Art Center Director: “We are delighted to share his talents with the Muscatine community. His performance promises to be an experience unlike any other the Muscatine Art Center has offered before.”

In addition to the performance, concertgoers will be treated to the visual delights of painted portraits by Cecile Houel, whose portrait of the Dalai Lama was included in the Muscatine Art Center’s 2020 invitational exhibition, “Hard Won, Not Done.” Houel is a French-American artist who has dedicated her life to her art, pushing technical limits but staying true to her own artistic identity. In 2014, Houel began painting portraits of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. She paints very personalized portraits of the famous Laureates using the oil medium.

The Francis Verba concert is presented free of charge thanks to a grant from the Mary Jo and Richard Stanley Human Conditions Fund through the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Reservations are not required.

Other upcoming concerts at the Muscatine Art Center include the Mad Creek Mudcats on Oct. 2, the Japanese Taiko Drum performance by Japan America Society of Iowa’s Soten Taiko on Oct.15, Ballet Folklorico on Oct. 20, and LADAMA in partnership with Quad City Arts on Oct. 27. Details about these performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

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