Guitar fans, especially jazz guitar, will be treated to a concert by Corey Christiansen, faculty member in the Department of Music and the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University. Christiansen’s work is known around the country. The concert is sponsored by the guitar program in the Music Department.The concert features the Corey Christiansen Quartet in an Oct. 13 performance at 7:30 p.m. at USU Performance Hall (approximately 1090 E. 675 North, Logan).Tickets are available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office in the Chase Fine Arts Center, Room 138-B, 435-797-8022, or online (http://boxoffice.usu.edu) and are $8 for adults and free to USU students with a valid ID.Christiansen’s quartet includes members David Halliday on tenor saxophone, Aaron Miller on bass, Steve Lyman on drums and Christiansen on guitar. The concert includes an evening of jazz standards and original music by Christiansen.As a jazz guitarist, Christiansen is earning a national reputation.”Corey … has arrived with one of the most satisfying soul-jazz recordings of the year,” wrote C. Michael Bailey in “All About Jazz.”Christiansen has performed and worked throughout the United States and beyond. He grew up in what has been called a “musically driven family,” where his first guitar instruction was from his father, Michael Christiansen, himself an award-winning guitarist. Both Christiansens have multiple books to their credit.Corey earned a bachelor’s degree at USU while capturing awards, including the Outstanding Music Student Award and Outstanding Guitarist. He earned his master’s degree in jazz performance, working with legendary jazz guitar educator Jack Petersen at the University of South Florida, where he was a teaching assistant. He eventually took Petersen’s place and was an adjunct guitar instructor at USF. From 2000 to 2007 he was the senior editor at Mel Bay Publications, and from 2007-08 he was the director of curriculum and artistic director of the guitar department at The Music School in American Fork, Utah. He joined USU’s faculty, teaching with his father, in 2008.
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