Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher gives free performance in Avon |

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher gives free performance in Avon

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher performs at the Avon Public Library, playing some of the same pieces he performed at Carnegie Hall earlier this year.

AVON — The Avon Public Library is hosting a free concert by classical guitarist Peter Fletcher today at 6 p.m. This concert will be part of Fletcher’s nationwide tour, which included an April appearance at Carnegie Hall.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear some of the same concert pieces Fletcher played at Carnegie Hall. He will perform a selection of songs from his new CD, for which he wrote the guitar transcripts himself.

Other pieces will include Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Courante” from the Third Cello Suite and Prelude in C minor, and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.

Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’s “Terpsichore,” Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos, “Fandango” by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo and two Catalonial folk songs arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.


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In addition, he will perform a very special version of the traditional Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts,” transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.

The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice No. 24.

This event is free and open to the public. Please call the Avon Public Library at 970-949-6797 or visit for more information.

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