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Westport Library Showcasing Acclaimed Acoustic Guitarists

The Westport Library will host internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on Sept. 20.
The Westport Library will host internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on Sept. 20. Photo Credit: Jazzstl.org

WESTPORT, Conn. — Internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo will launch the Westport Library’s free concert series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 in the library’s McManus Room.

The duos’ genre-spanning music has brought them to the world’s most famous venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

They also have been on National Public Radio, featured on popular shows including "Mountain Stage" and "Tommy Emmanuel and Friends." Their own PBS special, "Four Generations of Guitars," premiered in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming series "Music Gone Public."

Drawing on more than 500 years of classic songs, Vignola and Raniolo create unique, sometimes intense arrangements of familiar and beloved songs, according to a press release.

Although both guitarists have been deeply influenced by many great jazz guitarists, they are not a jazz guitar duo. They use little improvisation, but the sense of spontaneity, imagination and virtuosity that are hallmarks of jazz are fully present in their performances, according to a press release.

A typical performance is a tour of musical history -- Bach, Mozart and Beethoven might be freely mixed with Ellington and Waller, blended with Gershwin and Carmichael, peppered with Bob Marley, Sting and Lennon or McCartney, and spiced with Rodrigo and Lecuona.

For more information, call 203-291-4800, or go to westportlibrary.org .

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