Jay Steveskey believes that these are exciting times for classical guitar music in America. On Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, all are invited to listen to his exploration of contemporary classical guitar music. Steveskey has been performing at the Dietrich Theater for the last four years and will be returning for this new concert of Contemporary American Classical Guitar Music.
An avid fan, Jessie Keker, who would not miss one of Steveskey's concerts at the Dietrich Theater expressed that "coming to his concerts allows me to leave the madding world outside, relax and just enjoy the beautiful sounds. And it is right here in our hometown." The concert will be in the Murray Theater.
The variety expressed in this concert will span modern variations on Appalachian folk tunes to blues and jazz inspirations to the contemporary classical sounds of the 21st century in America. Music performed in the concert will include some of America's finest composers, including the smooth contemporary sounds of Andrew York from California, the music with jazz influences of Frederick Hand from New York City and Ralph Towner from the group Oregon, the modernism of Andrew Zohn from the Southeast, Bryan Johanson from the Northwest and the unique musical languages of Owen Middleton and Brian Head. All of these composers are American originals.
Steveskey is active as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. He has been featured on WVIA-FM and Scranton Today TV, is founder and president of the Classical Guitar Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania and runs the Fiddle Lake Classical Guitar School in Susquehanna County. The various chamber ensembles he performs with include the NEPA Guitar Trio, Wargo-Steveskey Flute and Guitar Duo and the Smeltzer-Steveskey Theremin and Guitar Duo. He has had extensive private studies with Argentine guitarist Pablo Cohen, Professor of Classical Guitar, Ithaca College and was selected to perform for a Master Class conducted by Sharon Isbin, Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Juilliard School.
Tickets are $10 each can be reserved at the ticket booth or at 570.996.1500. They will be available at the door.