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."
In addition to rousing Catalan melodies, Bianchi will demonstrate his virtuosity with several Renaissance and Baroque selections.
"I am very grateful and excited to have the opportunity to perform for a new audience," Bianchi said. "I have always enjoyed visiting new places while introducing people to the classical guitar.
"Having the opportunity to play in Crestview will be a wonderful addition to my summer touring schedule.
Want to go?
When: 6:30 p.m. June 25
Where: Crestview Public Library
Notes: CDs will be available for purchase. See www.velvetguitar.com for more information.
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