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Utah State University's Department of Music will presents the annual Guitar Ensembles concert Monday, April 22, in the Taggart Student Center Auditorium on USU's Logan campus.

But it is not only that.

This is the last concert with director of guitar studies Mike Christiansen conducting. He is retiring this year.

"Mike Christiansen leaves a legacy of not only great players that have gone on to every corner of the world, but also a legacy of great teachers," said Corey Christiansen, Mike's son and temporary instructor in the Caine College of the Arts, in a news release. "Without him, there never would have been a guitar program at Utah State University."

Mike Christiansen received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from USU and became a faculty member in 1977. At that time, USU did not have a guitar program, but through the efforts of Mike Christiansen, the program was created. He developed and taught 16 courses on guitar, including a guitar pedagogy series.

Most, he recently won the 2012 Carnegie Professor of the Year for the state of Utah.

The Guitar Ensembles concert on April 22 will feature both acoustic and electric guitar ensembles, with Mike Christiansen directing the acoustic ensembles and Corey Christiansen directing the electric ensembles. The students will perform a large number of musical selections, including the music of Pink Floyd, the Eagles and Led Zeppelin.

Tickets for Guitar Ensembles are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or to get tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU's campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college's Production Services website ( today).

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