World-renown classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at Magness Library on Monday, March 25. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.
“I have a feeling this will be a concert different than most people have heard before,” said library director Brad Walker. “Musicians like performing in the old building. The library board has done a great job of getting our building re-wired and brought up to code, but the building still has great acoustics.”
Fletcher began guitar study at age 7 under classical guitar instructor John Sutherland. In 1980, classical guitarist José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week-long master class in Atlanta, Ga. Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.
In December 1983, he made his formal debut at age 15 under the patronization of The Brasstown Concert.
In 1995, Fletcher received a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.
In demand as a performer in cultural venues throughout the country, Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall, St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta, Ga., and Furman University in Greenville, S.C., among others. He has performed several times in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and will perform there again in April.
Fletcher’s three early recordings, “The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital” and “Federico Mompou: Guitar Works” have received critical acclaim. His current release, “Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar” was released in October on the Tower Hill Recordings label.
Some of the music Fletcher may perform includes “Fantasia No. 10” by Alonso Mudarra, “Jesú, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata No. 147 by J.S. Bach, “Suite Compostelana” by Federico Mompou, and “Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty Empress of the Pagodas” by Maurice Ravel.