Musicians enjoy 'classical guitar heaven' at ECU festival

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - For 22 years musicians of all ages come from all over the world for the ECU Summer Guitar Festival.

The annual festival offers classical guitar classes and concerts at ECU from Saturday to Tuesday.

The event inspired many imitators but few are as inclusive, ECU Summer Guitar Festival Founder Elliot Frank said.

Students as young as nine strum their strings next to musicians in their seventies, Frank said.

"I've seen young students evolve and grow who came to this event at a young age and became, eventually, fellow colleagues," Frank said.

Some students call the festival "classical guitar heaven," Frank said. This year more than 30 students registered to take the guitar classes, he said.

The festival also offers classical guitar concerts for the public at the recital hall in the Fletcher Music Center at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday night, the Italian guitar duo, SoloDuo will perform. On Monday the afternoon concert will feature the semifinalists of the guitar solo competition and Monday evening guitarists Stephen Mattingly and Andrew Zohon will perform.

The festival ends on Tuesday after the solo competition finalists perform at the 4 p.m. show.

The afternoon concert tickets costs $5 for students and $10 for adults. The evening concert tickets cost $15 for students and $20 for adults.