Quickly becoming a new favorite study locale and community hotspot of Northwestern students and Orange City residents alike, the Old Factory Coffee Shop welcomes the sensational sounds of New York-residing, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher this upcoming Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.
World-renowned and travelled, Fletcher has performed sold-out performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Memorial Hall in Cincinnati and the Chicago Cultural Center. Fletcher has also graced many music festivals and radio and television programs, including National Public Radio.
Discovering a love for music at an early age, Fletcher began on the baritone ukulele and soon thereafter moved on to the classical guitar. Fletcher continued to pursue his musical ambitions, receiving his masters in music from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. With multiple recordings, international solo appearances and featured orchestral performances, Peter Fletcher has been recognized as a true talent in the music scene.
Fletcher takes every performance to heart, believing each experience to be as vital as the next.
“Every concert is important. And every audience is important,” Fletcher said. “I am just as excited to play in Orange City as anywhere else.”
To accompany Fletcher’s colorful program are two new custom-made guitars by Darren Hippner. The first, a spruce-top guitar, exhibits exceptional clarity, favoring the Baroque style of composers such as Bach. The second, a cedar-top, procures the “warmer, sweeter, darker, more romantic styles, “ Fletcher said.
With a diverse repertoire ranging from the renaissance period to the 21st century and numerous musical genres, the evening’s program consists of selections by J. S. Bach, Isaac Albéniz, Edvard Grieg and Carla Domeniconi. Sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and the Orange City Public Library, the concert is free and open to the public. Peter Fletcher will also be performing in chapel on Wednesday.