Classical Banjo

JOHN BULLARD, classical banjo, will perform in concert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 S. Bedford St., Carlisle on Sunday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m. He is the first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo. Bullard has established a critically praised performing and recording career dedicated to exploring the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music. Although most people think of the banjo as a folk and bluegrass instrument, he is introducing the classical banjo to a growing audience worldwide through three album-length recordings, live performances, and workshops. His concert repertoire will include performances of Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and others of the Baroque Period along with later period pieces by Schumann and others. More recently Bullard has begun featuring new works by contemporary American composers. He will be joined for part of the concert on organ and piano by David Erickson, cantor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The concert is free. A freewill offering will be received, and a dessert reception will be held following the performance. Call the church, 717-249-3310, or visit www.firstlutherancarlisle.org for more information.

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