One of the world’s most premier and celebrated classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher, is set to grace the gulf coast with a very special performance at the South Baldwin Community Theater, located at 2022 West 2nd Street in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Tuesday February 5th at 7 pm. This highly coveted, one of a kind performer will leave you mesmerized with his quick hands, precise notes, and passionate style that makes classical music seem brand new.
Fletcher, who began his musical career at the tender age of 7, was the youngest person to ever perform under maestro José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, in 1980. He made his formal debut in 1983 at the age of 15 with The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Music critics from the Cherokee Scout said of his debut, “What one really remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”
Fletcher said he continued his classical education over the next several years, and in 1988 was first broadcasted on National Public Radio (NPR) while performing in the Christopher Parkening Master Class. In 1990, Fletcher was awarded the top National Prize at the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) competition, and by 1995, he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses.
But Fletcher is so much more than his impressive education and accolades. A true stand-out in the classical guitar world, Fletcher has become an in demand performer in cultural venues throughout the country, including the prestigious Carnegie Hall, where he has played numerous times to a completely sold out house. Fletcher performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have also been critically acclaimed.
Watching his fingers fly eloquently across the strings at a feverous pace is something you have to see to believe, and Fletcher does it all with the precision of a top notch surgeon. His ability to play some of the most difficult pieces ever written with his own flair and finesse is what makes him one of the most celebrated classical guitarists of all time. Fletcher’s performance is truly something you must see to fully appreciate.
Fanfare Magazine said of Fletcher in a critical review, “Fletcher’s performances bear not a trace of strain or awkwardness. His playing reminds me of Segovia’s—not Segovia at the end of his career, when he sometimes sounded a little too careful, but Segovia at the time of his several Decca LPs from the 1950s and 1960s. This is mellow playing, and melody is king, but rhythmic vitality is never sacrificed, phrasing is precise, and harmonies always retain a jewel-like clarity.”
Always a lover of reading and cross country running, Fletcher splits his personal time between his hometown of Detroit and the bright lights of New York City.
While Fletcher himself said he enjoys the more virtuosic pieces that get pulses racing, he feels the best of him is apparent when playing a more gentle selection that allows his emotional reflection, warmth, and technical nuance to shine through.
That’s what he hopes to bring to the stage during a solo recital at the South Baldwin Community Theater where he will be accompanied by fellow artist, friend, and owner of the Coastal Ballet Company, Rio Cordy. Cordy will dust off her ballet shoes and will delight audiences with her expertise and grace in dance as she dazzles with Fletcher while he performs his intricate classical pieces.
The concert is $25, open to the public, and will benefit the Coastal Ballet Company, a non-profit organization that enhances the physical, emotional, and mental development of children through the art of ballet. The performance, will feature music by Paganini; Walton; Vivaldi; and Bach to name a few.
For more information or to purchase your tickets for this must see event, call 251-979-9851.