Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher returns to the Princeton Public Library

Performing Arts
The Princeton Public Library
698 East Peru Street, Princeton, IL 61356
Laurie Anderson
Oct 01, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Peter Fletcher will perform a concert of classical guitar music at the Princeton Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. This is Fletcher's second appearance at the library.

Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven. In 1980 classical guitarist José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long Master Class
in Atlanta, GA. Peter 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 the age of fifteen under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class in 1988, he was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1995 he received the 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, Mr. Fletcher has been invited to give recitals at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall; St. Philip Cathedral in Atlanta; Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and many others. In 2003 he performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. In January 2005, Mr. Fletcher was invited to join the distinguished Jury of the 9th Annual Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He made his New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2007, and returned in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to a completely sold-out house.

Last April, Fletcher performed once again at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The program featured the Suite Compostelana by Catalan composer Federico Mompou in celebration of his 120th birthday. In addition Peter performed the world premiere of Diary of a Camino by American composer Jeremy Gill.
The 2013-14 concert season will extremely busy with performances at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center in Rockford, IL, the Pro-Mozart Society Concert Series in Atlanta, GA and The Masonic Temple in Asheville, NC—all part of a nationwide tour.

Peter Fletcher’s three recordings, The Art of Classical Guitar, A Peter Fletcher Recital and Federico Mompou: Guitar Works (Centaur Records CRC 2588), have received critical acclaim. In September 2005 Centaur Records released Peter Fletcher plays Erik Satie. In 2008, Peter Fletcher Plays Baroque Music for Guitar was
released on the Tower Hill Recordings label.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, to promote his newest recording project, a CD devoted to Edvard Grieg, to be  released this Fall by Centaur Records, for which Fletcher himself has written the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert. Fletcher will perform Grieg selections from the new CD, as well as major works including Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Courante from the Third Cello Suite by Bach; music from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore; the ever popular Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega and Leyenda by Isaac Albéniz; and a Passacagli by Girolamo Frescobaldi. The final work on the program will be  Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.

This event is free to the public.