Classical guitarist includes Crestview on summer concert tour

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Classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi will perform one evening only when his summer tour brings him to the Crestview Public Library June 25.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Public Library’s Music at the Library series will raise a notch on June 25 when classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi continues his summer concert tour in the Hub City.

The Friends of the Library is underwriting Bianchi's appearance during his tour of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Wisconsin and Georgia.

"We got a great deal on his performance fee," reference librarian Sandra Dreaden said. "He has a friend who lives in the Crestview area so he's not charging us for hotel and travel expenses."

The Upstate New York native began performing at weddings and cafes while in his teens.

After performing at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival and the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival, Bianchi took a break from classical guitar to tour with country music performers Young Guns and Chace Roberts.

Returning to solo performances, he toured Georgia in 2009 and undertook his first cross-country tour in 2010. National tours followed in 2011 and 2012, including the National Old Time Fiddlers' Competition in Idaho.

Bianchi's Crestview concert will feature music by Leo Brouwer, including several melodies from Cuba, Issac Albeniz and Jose Luis Merlin's 1952 "Suite of Memories."

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