Duo Guitiano to Perform at Jackson State

Now a standing tradition at Jackson State Community College, the musical duo of Dr. Amanda Virelles and Dr. Carlos Castilla are set to perform at the college for their seventh straight year. This year, Japanese vocalist Dr. Ayumi Nakamae joins the instrumental duet. They will perform at the main campus in Ayers Auditorium Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The International Education program of JSCC is hosting Virelles, Castilla, and Nakamae. They are all classically trained musicians. Virelles and Castilla have been performing together for many years. Nakamae has recently joined them and adds a whole new dimension to the performance. While their repertoire is very broad with many styles of music, their performance is typically tailored to consist primarily of Spanish and Latin music.

The term Duo Guitiano is used to describe the instrumental combination of guitar and piano. Dr. Virelles plays piano and Dr. Castilla plays classic Latin American guitar. Both Virelles and Castilla have studied music in world-renowned universities as well as performing in numerous orchestras and music ensembles.

Amanda Virelles is known as a versatile musician, who has played for audiences around the world. Her performances have been described as sensible, profound, and energetic. She has performed as a soloist as well as collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Currently, Dr. Virelles is assistant professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University.

Colombian-American guitarist, Carlos Castilla, has been featured as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as in solo recitals in different cities of Latin America and the United States. He has worked as a collaborative artist with orchestras featuring stars such as Placido Domingo, James Galway, and Bernadette Peters. Carlos is the co-founder of Duo Guitiano, along with Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles, and is known for his innovative technique, clear sound, and soulful interpretations. Carlos currently teaches all guitar courses at Coastal Carolina Community College and runs his private studio.

Ayumi Nakamae is a faculty member at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville North Carolina, where she has twice been honored as Teacher of the Year. At CCCC she teaches voice, vocal ensemble and choir.She is currently District Governor of the North Carolina Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing, a member of the College Music Society, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and of the American Choral Directors Association.

Mary Wadley, coordinator for this event, says, This is an annual tradition and a gift to the community. She continues, The International Education program at Jackson State is relatively new and this concert and other events such at this are a good way to communicate the program to the community. Each year, Jackson State sponsors several students to study abroad through the program. As Wadley notes, This is an opportunity most people do not associate with community colleges.

For more information, please contact Mary Wadley, at mwadley@jscc.edu or by calling (731) 424-3520 ext. 252.