The general public is invited to two free concerts this week at Kalamazoo College.
The Grand Valley String Trio — consisting of Megan Crawford, violin; Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello; and Paul Swantek, viola — will perform Beethoven’s Serenade, Op. 8 and the Intermezzo by Kodaly at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Recital Hall at Light Fine Arts.
The trio was formed in 2009 as a cultural and educational outreach of Grand Valley State University’s Music Department and orchestra program. The ensemble performs a variety of pieces for trios and enjoys coaching high school string ensembles.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Guitar Foundation of America International Competition winner Xavier Jara will perform in Dalton Theater at Light Fine Arts. Students also will participate in a masterclass with Jara at a time and date to be determined.
Jara, an American classical guitarist and Minnesota native, was studying guitar at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis in 2011 when he moved to Paris.
He studied in Paris for six years, during which time he completed his bachelor’s degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. His other international honors have included first-place finishes in the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016).