Guitarist kicks off summer concerts
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The Valhalla Arts & Music Festival begins its summer series of concerts Tuesday with world-renowned guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson. Widely respected as the premier woman finger-style guitarist on the scene today, Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Finger Picking Guitar Championship. A prolific recording artist, she has released seven CD’s in the U.S. and three in Japan. Her Heartstrings CD has even been heard in outer space, accompanying the astronauts on a Space Shuttle mission.
Not just for the guitar enthusiast, her show presents guitar work from Spanish flamenco and Japanese Koto music to the Beatles, and to her own adventurous compositions, mixed with a gentle sense of humor.
The concert Thursday night is a must-do family July event featuring Sourdough Slim, a guitar, accordion, harmonica-playing, poetry-spouting jokester and yodeling cowboy with a 1940s Western-film style. Slim has performed at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles.
This week marks the debut of the festival’s theatrical program today with “The Oldest Profession” by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel. A comedy about five women all over 70 that will make you laugh while it touches on issues that may eventually become important to us all. With the warmth generated by longtime friendships, and personality enriched by a lifetime of experience these characters are independent, fun-loving, and gallant.
Concerts and plays are performed at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater situated on the shore of Lake Tahoe, three miles north of the “Y” on Highway 89 just past Camp Richardson. Ticket prices for concerts are $14, $12 in advance and plays are $17, $15 in advance. For a more complete festival schedule, more information or advanced ticket sales contact the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975 or visit http://www.valhalla-tallac.com.