Guitarist/Composer Rex Willis to Perform New Music at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., April 11, 2006) - Classical guitarist, published composer and Manatee Community College (MCC) instructor Rex Willis will perform all-new original works at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located on 60th Avenue West between 26th and 34th Streets West at MCC Bradenton. The varied show will include everything from Latin-American tango music to songs written for guitar, piano, brass, cello and soprano.

Willis, a native Floridian, recently released a CD, Suite Florida, as well as several new works with Clear Note Publications. In 2005, he wrote the music score for a short film, The Southernmost Point, which was produced at MCC and featured in the prestigious Sedona (Ariz.) International Film Festival. He currently is working on a musical to premiere in 2007 as part of MCC's 50th anniversary celebration. In addition to composing and teaching, Willis created and hosts "Guitar Unplugged," a weekly TV show on Channel 21, METV, in Manatee County.

Compositions by Willis have been performed all over the world, including London, Prague and Tokyo. His works have been commissioned by colleges, universities, professional music organizations and performing artists. Reviewers have praised them as "haunting and high energized…fun" (Sound Board Magazine) and "very powerful" (Classical Guitar).

Willis' sheet music and sound bites from his new CD may be found at General admission for the concert is $8. Tickets for MCC students, faculty and staff are $4. For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 752-5252.

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