Virtuoso Guitar Concert 
by Jim Pfeiffenberger

Two world-class guitarists will be in town on Wednesday, September 7, to perform an evening of acoustic guitar at the K.M Rae Building at 7 p.m. They each bring a distinctive style and are both considered masters of their genres.

Chris Proctor is a fingerstyle guitarist who is a former U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion. Reviewers trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, categorize his playing as “Baroque Folk,” “New World Steel String,” “Solo Guitar Orchestra,” “Instrumental Americana,” and compare him to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. He is known around the Western world as one of the modern masters of fingerstyle guitar – composing, arranging, and performing complex orchestral music with only one set of hands on six and twelve-string steel-string guitars. Since winning the U.S. National Fingerstyle Championship, he has toured constantly across North America and Europe, releasing 10 recordings of his sparkling compositions and arrangements.

The show will also feature Beppe Gambetta, a master of flatpicking guitar. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

The performance is made possible with support from the Seward Music Association, Seward Arts Council, and the Seward Community Foundation. Admission is $18 in advance through online purchase, or $22 at the door. Doors will open at 6:15 pm on September 7, and the show will include beer and wine service in the lobby. This should be an exciting evening of music that you won’t soon forget! Advance tickets are available here:


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