Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher gives free performance in Avon
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.
SPECIAL VERSION OF ‘SIMPLE GIFTS’
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 http://www.evld.org for more information.
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