JCA To Host Guitarist Friday

The Jamestown Concert Association will present Paul Galbraith, classical guitarist, on Friday at 8 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown.

A resident of Switzerland, internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Galbraith has been working since the 1980s toward expanding the technical limits of his instrument, besides augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire. These efforts have already resulted in a series of critically acclaimed recording of works by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries, all which demonstrate the originality of his musical personality. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms Guitar, which he helped develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging Classical transcriptions from his highly personal repertoire.

Galbraith has been featured on NPR Radio’s “All Things Considered” and numerous times on “Performance Today.” He has also received international awards and honors and has appeared in many prestigious venues throughout the world receiving rave reviews. At the age of 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Competition. Andres Segovia, who was present, called his playing “magnificent.”

The evening’s program will consist of an array of classical and folk music by composers Back, Webern, Albeniz and Ponce.

There will be a free master class with Paul Galbraith for any classical guitar players on Thursday in Fredonia. It is sponsored by JCA and the JCC Music Department. Please call Jim Holler at Trinity Guitars, 665-4490, for more information.

Tickets for this concert are $20 adult and $17 senior, with a $2 discount for tickets purchased in advance. College students are $7.50. Students 18 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets may be purchased at the Reg Lenna Box Office, Chautauqua Music, Germaine & Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars and at the door. Please call 484-7070 or 487-1522 or visit www.jamestownconcertassociation.org for more information.