Acclaimed classical guitarist to make return visit to Benton
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is returning to Herzfeld Library in Benton as part of a national tour that will culminate at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The artist has scheduled the local concert for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The program is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fletcher has performed numerous times at the Benton library and always has drawn an enthusiastic audience, library officials said.
Major works to be presented by Fletcher will include the Bach “Chaconne” and “Suite Compostelana” by Catalan composer Federico Mompou whose 115th anniversary is celebrated this year.
Fletcher also plans to perform music from “Terpsichore” by Michael Praetorius; “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach; “Villanesca” by Enrique Granados; two pieces from “Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel; “Leyenda” by Isaac Albéniz; and “Cavatina” from the movie “The Deer Hunter” by Stanley Myers.
He will conclude the program with his own transcription of Paganini’s “Caprice No. 24.”
Fletcher’s Saline County Library performance is part of a nationwide tour schedule. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall every year since 2007, many times to a sold-out audience.
“We are very pleased with Peter Fletcher’s return to the Saline County Library,” said Library Director Erin Waller. “His library following grows every year. He brings an amazing talent.”
A classical guitarist since age 7, Fletcher is well known for recording music never before played on the classical guitar. He transcribes much of the music he plays.
In addition to his current release, “Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar,” which was released on the Tower Hill Recordings label, he has five other albums and a future recording project — an all-Grieg album — to be released this fall.
His music will be available for purchase at the Benton event.
More information about Fletcher and his music may be obtained at www.peterfletcher.com. For more information regarding this performance, call 778-4766. For general library information, call 778-4766 or 847-2166, or visit www.salinecountylibrary.org.