Classical guitarist to perform for Joyful Noise

Zachary Johnson will play music from the 16th Century through the present when he appears in a solo guitar recital at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Liverpool First United Methodist Church. This is a free concert and all are welcome. There is ample free parking in the lot behind the church.

"This is a first for the series," said Artistic Director James O. Welsch. "With the appearance of Zachary Johnson, we offer our audience a chance to hear some of the finest music in the repertoire for classical guitar."

Johnson, who teaches at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University, earned his bachelor of music degree at Stetson University. He earned a master's of music at Yale, where he attended on full scholarship. He is now working on a doctorate of music at Florida State University.

Johnson, who has performed throughout the United States, is building a solid reputation as one of today's premiere classical guitarists. He has studied with the renowned teachers Benjamin Verdery, Dr. Stephen Robinson and Bruce Holzman. He studied with Andres Segovia's prot g , Oscar Ghiglia, at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena.

He was also selected to be one of six guitarists in Connecticut to perform in a masterclass for John Williams, arguably the most celebrated living guitarist.

Johnson's Liverpool recital is part of the third season of Joyful Noise: Concert Series for the Community. Welsch said a group of music lovers launched the series in order to provide a venue for talented local artists to perform for appreciative audiences in a comfortable, affordable setting.

"I am certain our audience will enjoy hearing this up and coming young performer," Welsch said. "It is a great opportunity for us to have Mr. Johnson appear in the series while he is in the area."

For information about the recital, call 457-5180.

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