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Peter Fletcher concert at the Carnegie Building

Peter Fletcher concert at the Carnegie Building

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Library history combines in Peter Fletcher’s classical guitar concert funded by the Beatrice Public Library Foundation to be held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Building, 218 N. Fifth Street.

According to Library Director Laureen Riedesel, the Carnegie Building had been booked several months ago as an alternate location for the event.

“Although the Library renovation might have been completed by this time, which was the most optimistic estimate made before any of the work had actually begun," she said. "We are actually excited about this opportunity because of the incredible acoustics at the Carnegie Building, a problem for a library but an asset for a concert venue.”

Riedesel also noted that this event fits the Cultural Center purpose of the building, a requirement of the 2010 Department of Economic Development grant used to help fund the Carnegie renovation.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour to introduce works on Peter Fletcher’s new “Edvard Grieg” CD released in February. Fletcher wrote all of the guitar transcriptions. Other works will include Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Courante from the Third Cello Suite” and “Prelude in C minor and Fuge in G minor”, BWV 999 and 1000.

Fletcher has transcribed two movements taken from the second of five “Divertimenti” by Mozart, written in Vienne in 1783. The original manuscript is lost, but an arrangement for wind was published posthumously. Their delicacy makes them particularly suitable for the guitar and together the “Larghetto” and “Allegro” contain the very essence of Mozart’s genius.

Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’s “Terpsichore;" a “Passacagli” by Girolamo Frescobaldi and the ever popular “Leyenda” by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz.

In addition, he will perform a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn, “Simple Gifts,” transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.

The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling “Caprice no. 24.”

Peter Fletcher is a true stand-out in the classical guitar world. He has played at Carnegie Hall five times. Fletcher’s first concert in Beatrice was held in 2005. He has returned several times and been well-received on every occasion.

For more information, contact the Library at 402-23-3584 or


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