National Fingerpicking Champion to Perform in Socorro
SOCORRO, N.M. February 8, 2011 – Only one person has ever won the world's top competitions in both "fingerstyle" and "classical" guitar. That amazing guitarist, Michael Chapdelaine, will play a concert at
|Award-winning guitarist Michael Chapdelaine.|
Why not make this your Valentine’s gala evening with Tech Club/Club Macey’s pre-Valentine’s gourmet dinner $30 for members, $35 for non-members.
Local sponsors of this guitar performance include El Defensor Chieftain, Van H. Gilbert Architect PC, Manzanares Street Coffeehouse and Super 8.
Prior to winning the championship, Chapdelaine had also won top honors in four international “classical” guitar competitions, including first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition. He has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and holds a master’s of music degree from Florida State University.In recent years he has toured the world and been seen around the world on CNN and Headline News.
Chapdelaine, who studied with Andrés Segovia, earned the distinction of winning the 20th annual National Fingerpicking Championship, traditionally dominated by steel string players, while playing on a nylon string classical guitar. He bested an international field of guitarists by playing a broad spectrum of musical genres ranging from traditional South American dance music to his own fingerstyle compositions, which included a blues number he calls Blue Chile.
"The biggest thrill about winning Winfield was seeing how much people like my original compositions," Chapdelaine said about the Walnut Valley Festival in
Series director Ronna Kalish said, “Chapdelaine performed at
Kalish ran into Chapdelaine at a folk festival in
“Within a few hours there was a buzz about Michael Chapdelaine and very soon-after he was on-stage performing with the headliners,” she said. “I was reminded that it’s time to get him back to Socorro!”
His original works, which he has only recently introduced to the public, bring together a broad variety of musical styles from classical to country to blues.
"I grew up playing pop music in Navy clubs,” he said. “I needed to find a way to mix the groove and fun of that music with the discipline and expressive beauty of classical music. Music is fun, if it's not fun, why bother?”
Tickets are $14; $12 for seniors; and $10 for youths. All tickets are discounted $2 if purchased by 5 p.m. the day before the concert. Tickets are available at Brownbilt’s,
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