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Guitar strikes a chord in Lindsay

Guitar strikes a chord in Lindsay

On Saturday, Feb. 23, for the first time in its history, the Lindsay Museum/Gallery will present a music event in this 1930s Mission-style former library.

The Lindsay High School Honor Guitar Ensemble is a group you might expect to hear on a college campus or possibly in a concert hall, but not usually on a high school campus. It is made up of nine very dedicated and talented classical guitarists who give up their afternoons, and occasionally weekends, to make beautiful music together.

Lindsay High School has a very large guitar program, and the Honor Group is selected from the Advanced class. They have performed throughout the Central Valley and have garnered many music awards, including Command Performances at the State Music Festival since their inception in 2008. Members play as an ensemble, in duets, trios and as soloists. This year’s group will include a cello, which lends beautiful texture to their music.

Honor group members are: Cesar Ambriz, Xavier Betancourt, Saul Hernandez, Charles Kreisel, Sal Madrigal, Joseph Ochoa, Johnny Ray Salazar, Navjot Singh and Kathrynne Wills.

Guitar teacher and concert director, Nancy Wills, has played the guitar since she was a small child, but began to study in earnest upon meeting flamenco guitarist, Juan Serrano.

After a few years of private study with him, and working as his accompanist, Nancy decided to return to school in order to pursue a teaching career. She received her BA in Music Performance under Serrano at CSU Fresno, and then continued on to earn her Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. After her graduation, she came to Lindsay to develop the Guitar Program, which is now among the largest in the nation.

The concert on Feb. 23 will begin at 7 p.m. Since there are only 50 seats in the intimate main gallery space, prior reservations are recommended. Refreshments will be served during intermission. Tickets are $15 per person or $5 for students. Proceeds will be used to help fund the Guitar Group’s trip to the State competition in Sacramento.

To reserve your seats for this unique performance, call director Nancy Wills at (559) 303-3943 or Virginia Wilson at (559) 562-2684.

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