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Guitar Virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel in Concert at WSRE

Pensacola, Fla. — As part of a 22-city winter tour, legendary guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel will perform in concert on Sunday, February 24, 7 p.m. at the WSRE Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio on the Pensacola State College campus. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at wsre.org/Tommy or by phone at (850) 484-1246. The performance is sponsored by Blues Angel Music.

“We are thrilled and honored Tommy Emmanuel chose to include a stop in Pensacola on his winter tour,” stated WSRE general manager Sandy Cesaretti Ray. “This will be the experience of a lifetime for many and we are proud to present this exciting cultural opportunity to our community.”

A two-time Grammy nominee, Australian native Tommy Emmanuel is one of the world’s most respected guitarists. He earned the rare title, shared by only three other people in the world, of “Certified Guitar Player” bestowed upon him by his longtime mentor and friend, Chet Atkins. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans almost five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. Tommy's unique style — he calls it simply "finger style" — is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass and drum parts, Tommy plays all that, and more, on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "fingerpicker" style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit wsre.org.

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