Arts Council of Tamworth presents classical guitarist and composer Brad Colten in an intimate concert on Saturday, September 11

On Saturday, September 11, at 6:30 PM, Arts Council of Tamworth will host an intimate concert by classical guitarist and composer Brad Colten (one half of the acclaimed Arc Duo) at a private home in Tamworth. The evening will include music, wine and punch, and light appetizers and sweets.

Colten, a recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Guitar, is "an artist of the highest caliber," says pianist and composer Seymour Bernstein. "He breathes sensitivity, spontaneity and knowledge into each note, each phrase that he performs. He is among the relatively few musicians who understand music's profound language." Classical guitar virtuoso and composer David Leisner says, "Bradley Colten's music-making is deeply satisfying—a rich blend of musical refinement, soulful communication and that rarity, emotional intelligence." You can listen to Colten's solo guitar work and read more about his background (click on "Read more" under Album Notes) here, or scroll down to read his bio below.

A reviewer on CDBaby says, of Colten's CD Solo Guitar, "I could imagine hearing the music close up." You don't have to imagine it—you can sit right in the room with Colten and watch him move his fingers across the strings. Tickets are $35 per person or $50 for two (bring a friend!). Only 40 tickets are available, so please reserve your seat early by emailing mctamworth@aol.com or calling 603-323-8104. Michelle Cleveland will send you an email with the ticket purchase process and concert location.

BRADLEY COLTEN, GUITARIST

Bradley Colten was hailed as "superbly unrelenting," by Guitar Review magazine, and "astounding," by New York Concert Review. Historically, renowned guitarist David Starobin labeled him "Superb!" and the acclaimed guitarist/composer David Leisner has said, "Bradley's music-making is deeply satisfying - a rich blend of musical refinement, soulful communication and that rarity, emotional intelligence." Almost without exception Bradley has been called upon for encore recitals and concerts; presenters have hailed his performances as containing "poetic sensibility to all-out bravura", and as having "original, and dynamic sophistication."

Bradley is a founding member of the award-winning Arc Duo, flute and guitar ensemble. In their home base of New York City, Arc Duo’s performance highlights include recitals at renowned venues such as Caramoor Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where their debut was noted by Guitar Review magazine as “electrifying, reflective, and always engaging”. In addition, Arc Duo has appeared in performance throughout the United States and in Canada, France and Switzerland. The upcoming season has Arc Duo slated to perform in Minnesota, New York City, Winnipeg, and Zürich. Soundboard magazine recently hailed the duo’s first album as “indispensable”, and Arc Duo has been tapped to release their second album on the Azica Records label in summer 2011.

As a solo artist, The Boston Globe noted Bradley for his "sensitive" Boston premiere of Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms #10, at New England Conservatory's Jordon Hall. Bradley performed in Miami at the New World Symphony Orchestra's Spring 2000 chamber music series, has been featured on NPR's 'Open Mic', and has performed on WNYC radio's 'Soundcheck' with vocalist Curtis Streetman. In addition, Bradley performed at Bowdoin Summer Music, New England Conservatory Music Festivals, the BCGS Conservatory Showcase Concert, and the Rhode Island Classical Guitar Society.

Bradley has worked with leading artists of the day, including Ned Rorem, Joan Tower, David Starobin, Linda Chesis, David Leisner, the L.A. Guitar Quartet, Paula Robison, and Elliot Fisk. He holds Bachelor degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, and Tufts University. He was a recipient of the 'Andrés Segovia Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Guitar' from the Manhattan School of Music where he received a Master's degree. Bradley is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music where he has been awarded a full scholarship, a fellowship in music history, and teaching responsibilities as a chamber music coach.