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Rucco James Guitar Duo

March 14, 2022 March 14, 2022,
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Campus
Marion Burk Knott Auditorium


The duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James specializes in the guitar literature of the early 19th century performed on authentic instruments of the period. The two first met and became friends at guitar festivals in northern Italy during the early 1990s. They have now been performing together for over 25 years, charming audiences with their interpretations of music from the first true "golden age" of the guitar.

The duo’s repertoire features some of the most famous of the early 19th century guitar duo masterpieces as well as newly discovered gems. Their concert programs frequently include works by the more familiar composers such as Carulli, Giuliani and Sor combined with their lesser known contemporaries including Filipo Gragnani, François de Fossa, Antoine Baron de Barcó, Frederic Spina, and Antoine de Lloyer. Their debut CD featured works by Gragnani, Fossa and Barcó as well as Giuliani’s arrangements of Rossini’s popular overtures to Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Gazza Ladra. This critically acclaimed disc was followed by A Night at the Opera, an all-Rossini recording featuring 19th century arrangements of popular opera overtures and the famous La Danza tarantella.

Rucco and James are internationally recognized authorities in the early Romantic style. Combining an historically informed approach with world-class musicianship, they play exclusively on authentic 19th century guitars. Concert seasons regularly include performances in North America and Europe.

The Rucco-James Duo has performed for such prestigious venues as:

  • Guitar Foundation of America Convention
  • Guitar-Festival Iserlohn
  • Stetson International Guitar Summer Workshop
  • CSU Guitar Symposium
  • Sorrento GuitarFest
  • Early Music Houston
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Oberlin Conservatory

They have also presented concerts and masterclasses for many dozens of universities, conservatories, and guitar societies throughout the United States and Europe.

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