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Award-winning duo to play next Camerata Musica event

The D'Amore Duo plays music as romantic as its name.

Made up of guitarist William Feasley and oboist Yeon-jee Sohn, the duo performs for the Camerata Musica event at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

"I've been a musician a long time and I have never before heard an oboist and a guitarist play duets," said Nancy Welliver with Camerata. "It is a very unusual combination. The oboe lends a plaintive, wistful tone that blends beautifully with the complex weave of guitar music.

She said their music has a definite Spanish flavor -- not surprising as Feasley studied under Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia and played during his eulogy.

"It is romantic in quite a different way than the better known Romantic era composers such as Brahms," she said.

Feasley earned a gold medal from the Panhellenic Guitar Competition in Athens Greece and music awards at the 1990 and 1995 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards and a 1996 Governor's Citation for outstanding achievements in the arts in Maryland.

His most distinctive award to date is being the first guitarist to earn the coveted Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Maryland.

Sohn has been hailed by the Washington Asia Press for her "perfectly delivered" performances, Welliver said. Sohn earned a degree in oboe performance from Seoul National University, the Peabody conservatory and the University of Maryland.

The concert is free, but seating is limited.