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Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi to perform in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 23

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Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi to perform at Mauch Chunk Opera House
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    JIM THORPE — Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi will perform a solo concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

    Often cited as one of the world’s top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, Alex de Grassi brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly orchestrated sound, and sheer virtuosity, according to a press release. The Wall Street Journal has called his playing “flawless” and Billboard hails his “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention.”

    Using a broad palette of techniques and driven by a unique sense of composition, his performances take the listener beyond the instrument. New York Guitar Festival director David Spelman says “Alex de Grassi is a treasure… his technical wizardry as well as his vibrant and poetic music-making make him one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists performing today.”

    Alex’s most recent recording, “Three Themes for Guitar and Strings,” was recorded with co-composer and violinist Jeremy Cohen and his string quartet, Quartet San Francisco. He is best known for his solo recordings “Turning: Turning Back” and “Slow Circle” on the Windham Hill label and “The Water Garden” and “Now and Then: Folksongs for the 21st Century “on his own Tropo Records label.

    His solo performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House will encompass original compositions, as well as his unique arrangements of Gershwin, Hendrix, jazz standards, traditional folk songs, and more.

    Tickets are $23 and available 24/7 on the Opera House website, www.mcohjt.com, by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe or by calling (570) 325-4009. The Opera House box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 570-325-0249. The venue is open from noon until 5 p.m. on show days, and tickets are available for most shows at the door at showtime.

    Reach the Times Leader arts & entertainment team at 570-991-6109.

    Times Leader Staff Report

    Grammy-nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi to perform at Mauch Chunk Opera House
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    Reach the Times Leader arts & entertainment team at 570-991-6109.