Live Guitar Performances
at Portsmouth Public Library & Portsmouth Music and Arts Center
Sundays, 3 PM
Mark your calendars for the start of a series presented by the library and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) in association with the Boston Classical Guitar Society. This series of seven free concerts will be held at 3 PM on the first Sunday of the month (except September), alternating locations between the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library and the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at PMAC. Drawing from a rich selection of guitar talent from both New Hampshire and the greater Boston area, the series of recitals will highlight the versatility and range of the guitar from classical to jazz to acoustic.
This series is produced and curated by Mitch Shuldman, Librarian Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Mitch is himself, a classical guitarist and was the host of a classical guitar radio show [Excursions] that aired on NHPR during its early years (1981-84). He is a former member and Chair of the Portsmouth School Board and currently sings with Portsmouth Pro Musica and performs with Noteworthy, a classical flute and guitar duo.
May 7 @ Portsmouth Public Library
David Newsam, Classical and Jazz Guitar
David Newsam is an Associate Professor of guitar the Berklee College of Music. He has designed and teaches a course on Classical Guitar for Berklee Online. He is also the former artistic director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, and a member of the Back Bay Guitar Trio. Mr. Newsam created the jazz and classical guitar programs at the University of New Hampshire where he teaches and directs jazz combos and guitar ensembles.
His repertoire includes a wide range of music from J.S. Bach and Ellington to the rich history of Latin American guitar with works by Leo Brouwer, Astor Piazzolla, H. Villa-Lobos, and the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luis Bonfa. David combines Classical Guitar and American jazz music with the compelling rhythms of Latin America, creating unforgettable interpretations of North and South American influence.