Thursday, March 04, 2010

BPL@Night Presents Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher

Peter Fletcher
Hailed from New York City as one of the best practitioners of the art, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will grace the BPL@Night stage for a fine performance on March 18, 2010. The library is very excited to have such a unique talent to showcase. Mr. Fletcher has released several albums, the most recent of which is 2008’s Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar.

Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In December 1983 he made his formal debut at the age of fifteen under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. The critic of The Cherokee Scout wrote, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher has recorded more than a half dozen albums and his works have been applauded throughout the country. He believes in carrying on the Segovia tradition of expanding the comparatively small classical guitar repertoire. He plans to do this by transcribing from other instruments (mainly the piano) and also by commissioning new music.

Fletcher will perform selections from his 2008 CD release. Other repertoire will include "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring" from Cantata No. 147 as well as the E minor Lute Suite of J. S. Bach; Fletcher’s transcriptions of Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg; "Usher-Waltz," an unusual and intense piece by Russian guitarist and composer Nikita Koshkin inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher; two works from Maurice Ravel’s exquisite Mother Goose Suite, and music of Weiss, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos and Reusner. This is the repertoire Fletcher will be performing at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on March 27.

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Peter Fletcher Concert
Central Library, Linn-Henley Bldg., Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor
Thursday, March 18
Free and open to the public
Refreshments provided

This BPL@Night program is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. BPL would also like to thank the Alabama Power Company Foundation for their generous support of BPL@Night.

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