Guitar Virtuoso Esteban Makes WNY Debut at Rockwell Hall

Posted: September 4, 2007
The Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall proudly presents the Western New York debut of Esteban, one of the most successful independent guitarists of today. Esteban will perform, accompanied by his stellar band, on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. This is the opening concert of the Performing Arts Center’s 2007-2008 Great Performers Series, presented by M&T Bank.

Tickets for Esteban are $30 each, with a discount for seniors and rush tickets for students. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Rockwell Hall Box Office, 1300 Elmwood Ave., by calling 716-878-3005 or online at www.buffalostate.edu/pac. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

With his trademark bolero hat and sunglasses, Esteban has gained commercial success by selling his CDs and guitars on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). He is credited with making popular Spanish-influenced acoustic guitar music that's accessible to the masses, helping to revitalize interest in this instrument. Esteban has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and performs 300 concerts a year.

His name was given him by legendary classical guitarist Andres Segovia, who called him "Esteban" during his years of study with the master in Spain (1974-1978) and in the United States. Born Stephen Paul in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of a steelmill worker, Esteban saw his first guitar in a shop window when he was 8 years old. His uncle bought it for him and Esteban says, "It never left my hands." From that moment on, he focused on the guitar, teaching himself to play and practicing every spare moment.

After years of study and the launching of his touring career, Esteban was in an automobile accident and was hit by a speeding drunk driver. He lost his ability to play the guitar for 10 years, because of severe damage to his left arm and hand. By 1990, through dedication and love of music, he once again began to play the guitar he so loved.
Since then to the present day, Esteban has topped the Billboard charts many times with his numerous albums, videos and DVD's, and has had first-time music history successes never before accomplished by any guitarist. He has been on the front page of the Wall Street Journal for his famous appearances and record-setting album sales on Home Shopping Network. He also created a musical instrument division for affordable, quality guitars.

Esteban's deep love of Spanish guitar can be felt in each rendition of his beautiful sensitive heartfelt recordings. Esteban infuses flamenco and ethnic flair into his music that can range from soft arpeggios to pulsating rhythms.
The Great Performers Series is sponsored by M&T Bank and WBFO.
http://www.buffalostate.edu/pac
Media Contact:
Jeff Marsha, Director of Operations, Performing Arts Center | 7168783032 | marshajl@buffalostate.edu
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