John Doan performs "Homage to Fernando Sor" at Willamette Sept. 8

Emmy nominee and award-winning composer and guitarist John Doan is performing at Willamette University’s Hudson Hall Sept. 8.

In the debut program, Doan combines his love of music and history by engaging his audience through an immersion experience that explores the life and times of Fernando Sor (1778-1839). The premier 19th-century guitarist is affectionately known today as the “Father of the Classical guitar.”

The program features numerous instruments from Sor’s time period, including a guitar Sor may have commissioned to be built in London in 1819. On this instrument, Doan has composed new works in the style of Sor. Doan is premiering the music during the 8 p.m. concert.

Advanced tickets are available at the Music Department or by phone. They cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, children and students younger than 18. Tickets cost $18 at the door. Willamette University students, faculty and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event, although the number is limited.

“Hearing Sor’s works on an original instrument filled me with awe and added dimension to my understanding of his music and who he may have been as a person,” says Doan, an associate professor of music at Willamette. “As I heard something from the past, in the present I began to conceive new music in Sor’s style based on various examples of his own works.

“It is this conversation, seemingly outside of the constraints of time, that I will share with the audience — who will be given a rare glimpse into the inspirational world of musical thinking and emotion.”

Doan’s preshow and program will be accompanied by images of period paintings that embrace Spain and the guitar.

Doan is an international touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, including the Emmy-nominated Oregon Public Broadcasting special, “A Victorian Christmas With John Doan,” seen on PBS, and his “Eire – Isle of the Saints” CD that won “Best Celtic Album of the Year.”

His new recording, “Homage to Fernando Sor” is a follow-up release to his ground breaking, “The Lost Music of Fernando Sor” — a worldwide debut of Sor’s music for the three-necked harpolyre.

For more information, and to make phone reservations, call (503) 370-6255.