Guitarist William Kanengiser concert set for Oct. 7 at Keene Valley church

KEENE VALLEY — East Branch Friends of the Arts will present the award-winning guitarist William Kanengiser in a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church.

As special part of the evening’s program, Kanengiser will give the premier performance of “Beyond the Horizon” by Matthew Dunne, of Keene. This work was commissioned by the Augustine Foundation as part of the Diaspora Project, an ambitious project that draws together the work of several composers to create music exploring the issues of global diaspora and migration. Dunne, a composer and guitarist, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam and has composed multiple works for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Also on the program is music from Spain, Africa, Cuba and England.

Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, Kanengiser won first prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition as well as major guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has recorded several solo CDs for the GSP label, ranging from classical to jazz to Caribbean to Near Eastern styles, and as a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, has recorded over a dozen major label CDs, including the 2004 Grammy-winning “LAGQ Guitar Heroes.”

There is a suggested donation for the concert of $10 for EBFA members and $20 for non members. For more information, visit www.eastbranchfriendsofthearts.com or email eastbranchfriendsofthearts@gmail.com.

East Branch Friends of the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization based in Keene Valley, with a 25-year history of supporting the arts in the High Peaks region. EBFA is supported by members, donations from the community, and through a variety of grants, including the Statewide Community Regrant Program, the Essex County Cultural Assistance Program and the Cloudsplitter Foundation. Media support is given from North Country Public Radio, Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News.

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