On Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at 7:30 pm, classical guitarist Chris Anderson will present a recital in Commencement Hall on the Bethany College Campus.
After taking a ten-year break from performing, Anderson is rapidly emerging as a regular recitalist at music venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. His concerts in recent months have included performances in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Pa., Frederick, Md., Charlestown, W.Va., and Leesburg, Va. Others are scheduled in Baltimore, Md., Wilmington, Del., Richmond, Va., and many other towns throughout the area.
During his undergraduate studies, Anderson became a passionate admirer of the music of J.S. Bach. A friend gave him a recording of Bach’s music played on a classical guitar. A few days later, he sold his steel string guitars and started studies on the classical instrument. After graduating in 1976 with the BA degree in History and a minor in music, he pursued additional undergraduate studies in guitar performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va.
He went on to serve as a guitar instructor at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W. Va. and taught in and around his hometown for eleven years. During that time he was regularly featured as a solo recitalist by regional art councils and institutions. His playing was spotlighted on Maryland Television.
On stage, Anderson balances pieces at the core of the classical guitar’s repertoire with others that are rarely heard. A growing number of works by widely recognized composers such as Bach and Ravel are also getting his attention. He’s adapted music originally written for the Elizabethan lute, as well as other pieces from the piano works of the Spanish composer Enrique Granados. His concerts typically end with a few of his arrangements of American jazz standards.
Chris spent three years studying privately with Franco Platino in Washington, D.C. He’s also been a performing student as master-classes taught by nineteen of the world’s most respected guitarists. Among them have been Sharon Isbin, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero, Raphaella Smits, and Frederic Hand.
The recital program will include music by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Granados, Johnson, and Smith-Brindle. There is no charge for admission. For further information about the artist or this event visit www.Andersonsguitar.com.