Eagle Valley Library District is offering a variety of programs for patrons this spring. Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be returning to the Eagle Public Library. He will perform Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in a free concert sponsored by EVLD.
Fletcher puts an enormous amount of thought and consideration into his concert programs. The first half includes a balance of standard classical guitar repertoire, his own transcriptions from other instruments and new music he has commissioned. The second half includes more "crowd pleasers."
He has performed at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and is scheduled for a return solo recital April 19, 2013. His performance will be the world premiere of a work written specifically for him by the American composer Jeremy Gill.
New York-based Fletcher began studying guitar at 7 and made his professional debut at 15. He currently has six CD recordings with another projected to be released this fall.
On Sunday, April 29, the library will be hosting a reception for the Ping-DeGraw Families, the 2012 recipients of the Nimon-Walker Award. The Nimon-Walker Award acknowledges individuals for their commitment and contributions to preserving Eagle County history.
Leonard Ping ran a photography business from the family's hotel from the 1920s through the 1940s. He saved many of those photos, which his relatives, the Claude DeGraw family, have generously shared with the historical archives. Vieva and Claude DeGraw will accept the award on behalf of the families.
Keynote speaker for this event is Robert Silbernagel. He is currently the editorial page editor of "The Daily Sentinel." He began his journalism career in Eagle County working for several different weekly newspapers.
He will be talking about his most recent book, "Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado." Research from historical documents, newspaper articles and Ute oral histories provide details on the incidents leading up to and following the 1879 confrontations between the U. S. Cavalry and the Utes.
"Books in Bloom," a festival of authors and their books is another program available to library patrons. Three authors, Erin Blackemore, Jennifer Haigh and Tatjana Soli will be speaking at The Pines at Beaver Creek on June 30. Information on the authors and their books is available online at www.evld.org. Tickets can be purchased via a "books in bloom" link on the library website. Tickets went on sale on April 16 and are expected to be reserved quickly.