Classical guitarist James Piorkowski will perform at 7 p.m. on March 24, in the Music Salon Series at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown, 1255 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown.
Piorkowski will present a program entitled "The Guitarist and the Composer," It will feature some of his more recent compositions, including Eucharisto, which can be roughly translated as "joyfulness." Piorkowski is a multi-faceted musician who performs as a soloist and also is passionate about chamber music. Formerly a member of the Buffalo Guitar Quartet, he is a professor of guitar studies at the State University at Fredonia.
He has performed repertoire that spans a wide historical and stylistic spectrum, from Renaissance lute works to world premieres of 21st Century compositions. His recitals have been heard in Venezuela, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Canada, and the United States, including various television and radio broadcasts. His works have been published by Mel Bay Publications, Sergio Assad through Editions Henry Lemoine and Clear Note Publications.
Piorkowski performs exclusively on instruments constructed by James Holler of Trinity Guitars in Jamestown. Holler will be on hand at the recital to display some of the guitars that he has built.
"I am very excited to have James Pirokowski perform here in Jamestown on one of my guitars," Holler said. "This is a rare opportunity for Jamestown to listen to and see the guitars that are build here in Jamestown and preformed on around the world. The display of Holler guitars will span from my first guitars to my most recent in unfinished form."
The Music Salon series of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.