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Wilmington, Del. 04/23/2014 — For the final concert in LiveConnections’ 2013-2014 ClassicAlive series, classical guitarist Jordon Dodson presents a solo recital of works new and old by composers including J.S. Bach, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Elliot Carter, Elliot Cole, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Paul Lansky, Giulio Regondi and Gabriella Smith on Sunday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Named “one of the top young guitarists of his generation” by Performance Today, Dodson is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. His solo performance is co-presented by LiveConnections and the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. for brunch in the Upstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Wilmington.

Part of LiveConnections’ mission to present fresh, engaging music outside of the traditional concert hall setting is represented by the ClassicAlive concert series, where concertgoers can enjoy food and drink while hearing newly commissioned world premieres or classically trained artists who are pushing the limits of their instruments. Food and drink service will be available throughout the concert, allowing patrons to enjoy the music while sipping mimosas or eating brunch.

Dodson, one of two guitarists selected to participate in the inaugural classical guitar program at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, has degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the Manhattan School of Music. He studied under Jason Vieaux (a frequent LiveConnections collaborator who will perform with violinist Kristin Lee on April 25), and regularly performs with several New York City-based ensembles.

“Jordan is a shining example of a new and exciting generation of classical guitarists who are bringing new life to the instrument,” says Matthew Lavanish, president and founder of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society. “Jordan’s effortless mastery of the instrument and his adventurous taste in music are a perfect pairing with LiveConnections’ innovative programming.”

A vocal advocate for contemporary guitar music, Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. He will play works by several contemporary composers during this concert, including a three-part set of short works featuring ethereal, harmonic-filled works by Dai Fujikura and Elliot Carter, and concluding with the composer Paul Lansky, once known for his electronic compositions for bands like Radiohead, but now composing almost exclusively for acoustic instruments.  Dodson’s performance will also include music by Elliot Cole, writing for diverse genres including hip-hop, jazz, opera and rap, and Jason Eckhardt, a composer devoted to contemporary music. Dodson will also perform works by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and J.S. Bach.

“I first met Jordan while he was a student at Curtis,” notes LiveConnections curator Mary Wheelock Javian.  “He is one of the most versatile young artists I've worked with. Not only does he have the technical prowess for a wide range of repertoire, he is remarkable at working with composers and interpreting new works. Jordan is truly a rising star."

This concert will be the final performance of LiveConnections’ 2013-2014 ClassicAlive season, themed “The Soloists,” highlighting individual classical artists who are pushing boundaries of collaboration and repertoire. The ClassicAlive series aims to attract new audiences to classical music by presenting innovative performances in the laid-back, intimate atmosphere of partner venue World Cafe Live in both Philadelphia and Wilmington.

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$15 general admission
$10 students with ID
$10 WCGS members with promo code
Prices include service charges. Food and drink sold separately. General admission seating.

LiveConnections presents Jordan Dodson
Sunday, May 4, 2014
12:00 p.m.
at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE


LiveConnections, a nonprofit organization in residence at World Cafe Live, creates programs that inspire learning and build community through collaborative music-making. In 2008, a team of artists, educators and entrepreneurs founded LiveConnections to boost music education for under-resourced Philadelphia schools and tap into the people-connecting power of music. Across all of our programs, LiveConnections is committed to artistry of the highest caliber, collaboration, community-building and accessibility/inclusion. We approach live music as an essential social and educational experience that helps create engaged and well-rounded global citizens.

Each year, LiveConnections reaches 5,000 participants with our dynamic educational programs. Bridge Sessions, our signature interactive performances at World Cafe Live, blend live music with hands-on activities. Sessions introduce students from Philadelphia public schools and youth and adults with disabilities to diverse musical cultures and build skills in listening, expressing ideas and synthesizing new information. We also offer in-school and after-school residencies at partner schools, providing sustained, in-depth music-making experiences for young people from under-resourced schools.

LiveConnections prioritizes accessibility for people with disabilities who face barriers to participation in the arts. We present Bridge Sessions and in-facility workshops targeted for youth and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and our interactive, adaptive approach means individuals may fully engage at their own ability levels.

In addition, LiveConnections curates a critically acclaimed concert series featuring adventurous, boundary-crossing collaborations. Our LiveConnections Presents concerts feature Grammy winners, local talent and rising stars; we frequently commission new music that blends musical styles and cultures; and our concert artists participate in our educational and community programming.


Established in 2009, the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society (WCGS), is a network of local musicians and professionals committed to promoting the classical guitar, its players and its music throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. WCGS provides a friendly environment for meeting and interacting with other guitarists through monthly salons where guitarists have informal opportunities to perform for each other. The website and member newsletter include the most comprehensive listing of guitar events in the region. WCGS also seeks to enrich and educate the community by presenting concerts, master classes and outreach programs. The 2013-2014 season includes five concerts and three master classes featuring rising stars and local talent. For more information visit



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