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Peter Fletcher returns to library

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Article Published: Sep. 12, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 15, 2013
Peter Fletcher returns to library

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform Sept. 14 at the Watauga County Public Library.

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Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher is strumming his way into the High Country for a free recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Watauga County Public Library.

“I’m doing a varied program that covers music from four centuries,” Fletcher said.

Saturday’s concert is the most recent leg of a 45-city tour that spans 14 states, including a westerly loop that will take the guitarist to California.

Fletcher began to study classical guitar at the age of 7 under instructor John Sutherland.

“I always knew I wanted to be a guitarist, and when I discovered the world of classical guitar, I really fell in love with it,” Fletcher said. “I wanted to learn all I could about classical guitar and just learn more about classical music in general. I just love the music I play.”

In December 1983, he made his formal debut with The Brasstown Concert Association, according to his bio.

In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, performing Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco’s “Concerto in D.” In 1995, he received a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award, according to a news release.

“Fletcher has been visiting the library each year for the past several years, sharing his virtuosic interpretations of compositions by the masters,” said Ross Cooper, reference librarian with the Watauga library. “It is always a treat to have Peter perform in our community, but sometimes only a small number of people turn up in the library venue for this relatively rare and free opportunity to hear a performance by an expert guitarist.”

Saturday’s concert marks Fletcher’s fourth appearance at the library.

“The library does a really good job presenting the concert,” Fletcher said. “They always have a beautifully written program. It is a nice sounding room, and everyone there is very professional.”

After playing professionally for several years, Fletcher said it is the audience that keeps him coming back for more.

“What I like about performing live is the connection with the audience,” he said. “Classical music is usually described as serious music, but I want people to realize music is something you can feel and is accessible. Music is a feeling of connection and communication.”

Fletcher said the audience alone is why he prefers playing live to recording.

“When you give a concert and everything is going well, you have that connection that is an indescribable feeling that is between the audience and performer,” Fletcher said. “I always knew I wanted to be a guitarist, and when I discovered the world of classical music, I really fell in love with it.”
The Watauga County Public Library is located at 140 Queen St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-8784.

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