Richard Gilewitz at Mendelssohn

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Richard Gilewitz will be performing in concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. The theme of his show is “Fingerstyle Guitar Through Time.” Charlotte’s Web is pleased to host this talented artist.

Recently featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine’s issue of “Men of Steel,” Gilewitz is once again included in the ranks of noted guitarists who are masters at their craft. An uncommon soloist, fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, composer and master teacher, Gilewitz can make one guitar sound like an entire orchestra. Combining both standard and unique tunings in his originals, he achieves a very distinctive sound with a voice of its own.

“Fingerstyle Guitar Through Time” is a sound tunnel of timeless musical history—a musical platter filled with colorful imagery of samples from European, contemporary and Spanish classical works to the traditional folk, blues and American Primitive eras. Gilewitz charms his audiences with a mixture of tunes peppered with stories about the composers who have influenced acoustic guitar music.

The blues sounds of W.C. Handy, John Hammond and Ry Cooder incorporate the use of both Delta Blues and Hawaiian Slack guitar slide, while the snappy banjo patterns of Eddie Adcock and bluegrass influences of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson are evident in Richard’s own compositions.

Gilewitz played the coffeehouse circuit while pursuing degrees in computer science, mathematics and music at the University of Alabama in the 1970s. Later, he joined the business world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems. But the pull of his passion for music caused him to leave corporate life to teach and perform full time. In the 1980s, he released his first LP recording, Somewhere in Between. He has released four more CD recordings, plus an instructional guitar video and a self-produced solo instrumental collection. Collaborating with Mel Bay Productions, his Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop book with instructional DVD was released in June 2005.

Gilewitz is sought after for his popular Dealer/Clinic Workshop Series on behalf of several major music manufacturers. His “Meet the Artist/Music in the Schools Enrichment Program” gives him the opportunity to meet with elementary, middle and high school students across the nation as he conducts in-residence sessions. He is a contributing writer for Mel Bay Publications online magazine, Guitar Sessions, and for several trade magazines. He also appears on several radio shows.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue

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