Classical Guitar Alive
Albert Einstein said, "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.. ...I get most enjoyment in life out of music."
We seek to improve the quality of life of many through musical expression. Music has the power to inspire, lift the spirit, ease suffering, and heal the listener. The classical guitar and its ancient musical ancestors are uniquely qualified in this regard. Many cultures and histories from present-day to Biblical times mention listeners being soothed by the sound of a guitar, a lute, a lyre, and countless others. Our mission is the betterment of mankind through music, and we seek to achieve this by bringing classical guitar music to the wides possible audience.
About the Host
In conjunction with his international broadcast career, Tony Morris performs as a solo guitarist and chamber musician. He is regularly invited to perform at White House in Washington, D.C. and other past performances include a 2002 concert at the Texas Governor's Mansion and numerous live television and radio broadcasts. He performs with flutist Renata Green and violinist Jennifer Bourianoff as Viva Trio.
Morris received his Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina in 1990. In August of 2006, he joined the faculty of Texas Lutheran University as guitar instructor. Noted for his enthusiastic support and encouragement of young talent, he is a highly sought adjudicator and masterclass teacher at music festivals and competitions. Morris is the Executive Director of the Friends of Classical Guitar Alive, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote and advance the love of classical music with the guitar to the widest possible audience. In addition to reaching over one million public radio listeners each week through the Classical Guitar Alive!, The Friends of CGA also works for the betterment of mankind through music by hosting an outreach program which presents vibrant classical music performances at no cost to under-served/disadvantaged audiences at hospitals, hospices, shelters, and community centers.