September 9, 2017
Starts on December 3, 2017
First Sunday: Live Guitar Performances
at Portsmouth Public Library & Portsmouth Music and Arts Center
Sundays, 3 PM,
The Portsmouth Public Library and PMAC (Portsmouth Music and Arts Center) in association with the Boston Classical Guitar Society continue their series of live guitar performances called First Sunday. These free concerts will be held at 3 PM on the first Sunday of the month, alternating locations between the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library and the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at PMAC.
Drawing from a rich selection of guitar talent from both New Hampshire and the greater Boston area, the series of recitals will highlight the versatility and range of the guitar from classical to jazz to acoustic.
Why The Guitar?
The guitar is one of the easiest and one of the most difficult instruments to play. From the 3 simple chords that form the basis of the blues and rock n’ roll, to the improvisational depths of jazz and the profound counterpoint of Bach, it is easy to appreciate why the guitar is so popular. From simple to complex, the range and styles of music expressed through a guitar is breathtaking.
Beethoven considered the guitar as a miniature orchestra. With a range of nearly four octaves the Guitar can be played chordal like a piano, percussive like a drum, and pizzicato like the violin. It is expressive, melodic, and lush while at the same time, can be harsh, brash, and aggressive. All in all, it’s quite a sight to be seen and heard live and up close in a personal intimate setting.
Come hear for yourself! First Sunday is a collaboration between the Portsmouth Pubic Library and the Portsmouth Music and Art Center.
This series is produced and curated by Mitch Shuldman, Librarian Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Mitch is himself, a classical guitarist and was the host of a classical guitar radio show [Excursions] that aired on NHPR during its early years (1981-84). He is a former member and Chair of the Portsmouth School Board and currently sings with Portsmouth Pro Musica and performs with Noteworthy, a classical flute and guitar duo.
December 3 @ Portsmouth Public Library
Mr. Ghezzi holds a music degree from Temple University, College of Music where he studied with Peter Segal and Anna Kotsaranko. He is the past president of the Philadelphia Guitar Society. He has studied privately with Phillip de Fremery, Eliot Fisk and Vladimir Mikulka and served on the music faculties of Temple University, Chestnut Hill College, Settlement Music School in Philadelphia and the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon New Hampshire. His arrangement of "Morceau de Concours" for flute and guitar by Gabriel Fauré was selected as a finalist in the Newly Published Music Competition of the National Flute Association.
In 1990 Mr. Ghezzi received a Master of Science degree from Drexel University College of Information Studies. Currently he is Digital Production and Metadata Librarian at Dartmouth College library.
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