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Guitarist Liona Boyd to Perform Private Concert at Las Vegas Rocks Cafe

April 7, 2010 by  

Liona Boyd to perform private concert at Las Vegas Rocks CaféLiona Boyd, internationally known as “The First Lady of the Guitar,” will be the guest artist for a private concert presented by the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art and the Polis Family Charitable Foundation on Sunday, April 11, in the Embassy Theatre at the Las Vegas Rocks Café downtown. The recital will be preceded by a reception in the Marquee Room from 1 to 2 p.m. For this reason, the weekly Sunday Champagne Musical Brunch will be cancelled that day.

Boyd has held a unique position in the world of classical guitar, through her arranging, composing, and 21 albums, many of which attained gold and platinum status. After studying in Paris, Boyd burst on the music scene in the mid-seventies gathering raves for her virtuoso playing. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall, played 100 concerts opening for Gordon Lightfoot, toured internationally as a soloist and guest for symphony orchestras, appeared on dozens of TV shows, hosted several TV specials, for eight years dated Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, won five Juno Awards and became one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Boyd has given concerts for world leaders including the British Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, and Presidents of the United States and Mexico. Her playing has been featured in movies including the 20th Century Fox film, “A Walk in the Clouds,” which won a Golden Globe Award for best musical score.

On her 2009 milestone CD, “Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love,” Boyd plays guitar and sings for the first time. In 2003, she was diagnosed with the incurable neurological disease, Task Specific Focal Dystonia, from years of repetitive guitar movements, which caused her brain maps for the right hand fingers to lose their clarity and the neuroreceptors to smudge. Seeking a way to use the guitar in a less demanding fashion, Boyd decided to take up singing, something she had never felt possible ever since she was thrown out of a choir at the age of six. Visit Boyd’s Web site www.classicalguitar.com to learn more about her fascinating life.

The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, founded in 2003, is a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for a range of fine art. It moved to its current location on second level of Neonopolis complex in 2008 and presently features more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit area, with a main gallery, a special exhibitions gallery, and a small works gallery. The museum is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.snmfa.com.

The new Las Vegas Rocks Café is located downtown at Neonopolis, 450 Fremont Street. There’s easy access free validation parking on Fourth Street between Fremont Street and Ogden in the underground Neonopolis Parking Garage. For information, call 702-227-5872 (LVRC).

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