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Santa Monica Library Presents Classical Guitar Concert

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August 4, 2014 -- Guitarist Josh Moore will tap the standard classical guitar repertoire when he takes the stage this month at the Santa Monica Public Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium.

A masters student, Moore will perform works ranging from transcriptions of Bach to 20th Spanish works written for the instrument, which was popularized by Andres Segovia in the late 1920s and early 30s. The concert will take place Saturday, August 23 at 2 p.m.

"I love spreading music to everyone that I can, and I love to teach people how to spread music with their guitars," said Moore, who has been playing guitar for twelve years and performing eight. 

Moore’s performance will include Bach’s “Violin Sonata I,” “Sonata for Guitar” by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco and “Homenaje” by Manuel de Falla.

Although the classical guitar repertoire is limited compared to that of the piano or violin, Moore likes to extend the instrument’s reach through improvisation.

"I am extremely into improvisation, and I feel that when you are improvising you are playing music in its rawest form,” Moore wrote on his website.

“It puts you completely in the moment; you stop thinking and just start feeling the flow, almost as if you are just tapping into this flowing thing that was already happening."

Throughout the concert program, Moore will discuss, among other topics, the various composers and their music. 

Moore, who recently completed his first year as a graduate student at the University of Southern California, is a member of the USC Guitar Quartet.

Moore earned a BA degree in Music Performance in 2013 from Buffalo State College, where he was a winner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in 2012.

After graduating from the Master program, Moore plans to earn a doctorate in classical guitar performance.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. 
The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible.  For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. 

For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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