Arts & Entertainment

Classical guitarist plans salute to moms May 10

YAKIMA -- The neo-flamenco sounds Andre Feriante pulls from his classical guitar could be the perfect gift for your mom on Mother's Day.

Feriante, who performs a concert at Yakima's historic Seasons Performance Hall on May 10, is an Italian-born musician who's performed to sellout audiences around the globe since he was 17.

Though Feriante, 47, calls Seattle home these days, he has a special connection with the other side of the state, said his publicist, Starla Smith.

"Feriante has a great affection for Eastern Washington because he grew up traveling ... between Yakima and Rome, Italy," Smith said. "His parents now live in Yakima.

This contemporary instrumentalist has released a number of meditative and spiritual albums since 1990s. He began studying classical guitar in Rome as a young teen and by 17 he was performing Bach, Vivalidi, Albeniz and Scarlatti in concert throughout Europe.

Feriante debuted as a recording artist in 1990 with the release of his album Remembering You. That was followed by Angelica in 1995, Serenade in 1997, Incantations in 2001 and Fuego de Luna in 2002.

"Andre plans to salute Northwest mothers, along with several guest musicians at the concert," Smith said.

Guest performers include tenor Steve Thoreson, pianist Overton Berry and guitarist Eric Fridrich.

Showtime is 7 p.m. May 10 at the Seasons, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or call the box office at 509-453-1888.

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