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Acoustic Cafe

2018-2019 Season

Doors Open @ 6 p.m. ~ Performance @ 6:30 p.m. ~ Admission is Free!

The Acoustic Café is a library-sponsored program showcasing regional acoustic musicians. Open to the public, it is held the 3rd Friday in October, November, January, and March.

The Acoustic Café is also supported by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from coffee and refreshment sales benefit the café and the library.

October 19

Joe Hartnett

Classical Guitarist Joe Hartnett from Nashua, New Hampshire is the Lecturer of Classical Guitar at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Joe has been performing and teaching the guitar for many years throughout New Hampshire.

Joe’s program of music for the Acoustic Cafe concert series will feature works from his debut classical guitar album, “Guitar”, along with additional repertoire and improvisations from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

All of Joe’s music can be streamed on his website at www.joehartnettguitar.com.

November 16

Nick Cutroneo

Known for being a “communicative player with natural musicality,” Nick Cutroneo is an up and coming classical guitarist of the new generation. As an active performer, Mr. Cutroneo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Italy. As a highly sought after chamber musician, Mr. Cutroneo has been involved with the New England Guitar Quartet and has toured extensively with the violin and guitar duo Tempo del Fuoco and performed regularly with Blackledge Music Inc and the Northeast New Music Collective. During his time at The Hartt School, Mr. Cutroneo was a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 honors chamber music program.

Devoted to not only the standard repertoire, Mr. Cutroneo has premiered many new works for the classical guitar by EMMY Award Winning Composer Sean Pallatroni, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Frank Wallace, and a Guitar Concerto written and dedicated to him by Dan Lis. Mr. Cutroneo was featured in the Miami String Quartet Competition Winners’ Concert. He has also been named finalist in the Hartt School’s Paranov Concerto Competition and Semifinalist in the Boston GuitarFest Adult Competition.

Mr. Cutroneo currently serves on faculty at Central Connecticut State University and Manchester Community College. In addition, he maintains an active private teaching studio based out of Manchester, CT.

Mr. Cutroneo plays a 2017 Alan H. Chapman guitar.

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January 18

David William Ross

David William Ross is a unique guitarist with a broad range of influences and diverse musical sensibilities. He is trained in both classical and jazz and performs in a wide range of styles with musicians from virtually every musical niche. Ross frequently works closely with composers and is an advocate of new music for the solo guitar as well as chamber music. His music, whether for solo guitar, chamber ensemble, or jazz combo, is stylistically inclusive and incorporates improvisation and composition alike. Ross has produced and recorded a number of musical projects himself – in 2017 he joined forces with the indie-Americana band Deep River Saints for their 2nd album, the upcoming 2018 release “For Posterity”, where he served as recording engineer, producer, arranger, and guitarist.

Ross has performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe and has won several prizes in competition. He holds degrees in guitar, music theory, and composition and studied at Keene State College, USC’s Thornton School, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he served as assistant to the renowned guitar department. He has taught courses in music theory, ear-training, improvisation, music history, and humanities as well as giving private instruction in classical guitar, jazz guitar, and improvisation to all instrumentalists. David William Ross currently resides in Southern New Hampshire.

March 15

Kate Chadbourne

Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She has been honored as a “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered.” She has released four solo CD’s, three collections of poetry, and has collaborated on recordings and live performances with Tim Janis, Lauren Passarelli, The Chanticleers, The Celtic Kates, and many others. Kate’s newest CD is Songs of the Poets, a gathering of beloved poems she set to music for voice, piano, and harp. Named as one of “The Most Fascinating People” in Central Massachusetts by the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper, Kate is also the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for great-hearted people learning and growing at the crossroads of art and magic. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.”