ORANGE CITY – Acclaimed classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform in Orange City Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm at the Orange City Public Library, part of a nationwide tour.
Fletcher began guitar study at age seven, and a few years later, spent a week in a master class with José Tomás, assistant teacher to Andrés Segovia. Fletcher, at age 12, was the youngest student to perform. He earned his masters in music from the Eastman School of Music, under Nicholas Goluses.
He has performed across the country, making his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in ’07, and, in 2010, playing to a sold-out crowd.
Fletcher’s many recordings include Federico Mompou: Guitar Works. In Barcelona, when Fletcher performed for Mompou’s widow, Carmen Bravo, she commented on Fletcher’s “high technical level” and “refined sensibility.”
His most recent album features the music of Edvard Grieg, transcribed by Fletcher. His October 3 program will feature music by Grieg, Praetorius, Frescobaldi, and Villa-Lobos plus Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach, Fandango by Spanish composer Rodrigo, and Four Catalan Folksongs by Llobet.
He also performs the traditional Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts. 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.
Reviewers of Fletcher’s music have been effusive: “Lush and intricately detailed.” “Bold interpretive imagination.” “Shimmering technique.” “Vibrant!” “A stand-out in the classical guitar world.”
Hear and read more about Fletcher at peterfletcher.com or phone 712-707-4885.
In fall 2010, Fletcher performed in Orange City to a full house. This intimate concert is a joint venture of the Orange City Arts Council and Orange City Public Library, and will be held in the main library area, after regular library hours. The concert is free, but donations will be received. Fletcher’s CDs will be for sale.
Complimentary coffee will be provided by Old Factory Coffee Shop, and refreshments will be offered by Old Factory, for a small charge.