Red Bank, NJ — The Monmouth Symphony Orchestra will present a classical music concert conducted by Roy Gussman on Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, New Jersey. The concert will include the Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz and Symphony No. 9, (“From the New World”) by Dvorak. Featured will be Keith Calmes performing the Concerto for Guitar by Villa-Lobos. A preconcert interview with the soloist will be presented in the theatre at 2:15 p.m.

mso_keith_calmesGuitarist Keith Calmes makes his second appearance with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra as soloist in the Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto. Keith has performed as a soloist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the St. Louis Art Museum, Musician’s Institute, American Institute of Guitar, and California Institute of Technology. He has also performed at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Fresno Classical Guitar Festival, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival, the Lincoln Center Mozart Bicentennial, and with LA Camerata, USC Symphony, Juilliard Symphony, Downey Symphony, and LA Musica Viva. Keith is a graduate of The Juilliard School, California State University at Northridge, and the University of Southern California. He also graduated from summer courses at Berklee College of Music, and Musica en Compostela (Spain). Recent performances include concerts in Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Mexico. In addition to playing the Villa-Lobos concerto this season, Keith is playing the premiere of a new solo work by Frank Campo, presenting a lecture on guitar education at the national convention of the American String Teachers Association, and giving recitals of Villa-Lobos’ complete solo works (including an upcoming recital at the Spring Lake Library). His latest CD, Still Life and Simple Dreams, was produced in collaboration with local trumpeter Steve Jankowski of Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and is receiving rave reviews. Mel Bay Publications has released several of his books and recordings, including Gospel Classical Guitar and Guitar Music of the 16th Century. As a member of Sun Guitar Quartet in the late 1980’s, Keith performed in Japan and gave premieres of compositions by Frank Campo, Stepan Rak, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. As a composer, Keith’s recent activity includes writing a suite for the California State University Bakersfield Guitar Ensemble, funded by grants from CSUB and Meet the Composer. Keith is dedicated to diverse genres of music; in recent years he has opened for surf guitar innovator Dick Dale, played at the jazz club Trumpet’s (NJ) and the art gallery of legendary rock club CBGB. Keith is currently on the Board of Directors of the NJ American String Teachers Association, where he has directed the state competition and contributes regularly to their journal NJ Strings. He recently received an Outstanding Educator Award from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) later this month for his work as a guitar teacher at Wall High School.

Ticket prices are adults $30, seniors $25, students $5. For ticketing, please call the Count Basie Theatre box office at 732-842-9000. To learn more about the MSO, please visit their website at

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