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AETN Foundation hosts exclusive performance with legendary guitar player Tommy Emmanuel

Posted 29 Sep 2011

Tickets are still available for Tommy Emmanuel’s performance Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Tickets are available exclusively through the AETN Foundation.
Emmanuel, a two-time Grammy nominee, is a native of Australia with a musical career spanning more than five decades. He is one of only four people Chet Atkins deemed worthy of the title “Certified Guitar Player.”
Emmanuel’s unique style – which he calls simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all 10 fingers. Using only his guitar, he creates melody, rhythm, drum and bass parts all without the use of a band. Eric Clapton has called him "the greatest guitar player I've ever heard."
Emmanuel has had a very busy and eventful year, including a successful world tour, a newly released album and a new PBS special. Tommy also received the CMA Global Country Artist of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has furthered country music’s popularity and brought it attention in a foreign territory.
On Feb. 15, 2011, Emmanuel released his latest solo two-disc album, “Little by Little.” The 24 tracks, spread over two discs, showcase his complex finger-picking style, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.
The AETN Foundation is currently the only outlet for these tickets, which are $50 each. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and ticket reservations can be made by visiting or calling 1-800-662-2386.
This concert is a fundraiser for the AETN Foundation, and all proceeds will support programming on AETN, Arkansas’s PBS affiliate and only statewide network.
The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).