Virtuoso guitarist and composer Muriel Anderson (MUS ’82), has no shortage of achievements on her resume: multiple CD’s and DVD’s, film soundtrack credits (including Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcalona) a packed touring schedule, and the distinction of being the first female winner of the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in 1989. But like many DePaul alums, Anderson is not content to rest on her laurels and regularly uses her talent and recognition to give back to others.
Each year, Anderson returns to her hometown of Downers Grove, IL to put on a fall benefit “Hometown Concert” for the Music For Life Alliance, a non-profit that supports music education for children. The 18th Annual concert, held each year at the Downers Grove North High School auditorium, is a neighborhood tradition.
Her generosity doesn’t end there; Anderson will be returning to DePaul to share her knowledge and talent with the public in a guitar masterclass on January 26th, 2010.
Muriel Anderson’s 18th Annual Hometown Concert benefit takes place on Saturday November 28 in Downers Grove, IL and starts at 8:00 pm. This year’s event features special guest Andy Wahlberg, an award winning harp-guitarist from Florida. For more information on the benefit, go to murielanderson.com.
Muriel’s DePaul’s master class will take place January 26th from 7:00 to 8:45 in the DePaul School of Music Recital Hall on the Lincoln Park Campus. DePaul guitar students will participate and it is open to the public. Come back to Demon Tracks in the coming weeks for more information on the class.
Stay tuned for a feature profile on Muriel coming soon to the DePaul Alumni and Friends website early next month!