Classical Music Meets Casual Outdoor Cookout Fun at Limestone
Jeffrey Bianchi

Limestone College will merge the worlds of classical music and relaxed outdoor cookouts on Sunday, September 18th, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

A solo recital by renowned classical guitarist Jeffrey Bianchi in the Carroll Fine Arts Building will be followed by an outdoors hotdog cookout on the lawn. Attendees are welcome to bring items such as frisbees and footballs for outdoor fun. The event is free and open to the public.

Pieces in the one-hour set include Baroque and Renaissance lute works, Catalan melodies, South American works and etudes for the guitar.

"It's important to come to new places and expose people to the classical guitar," Bianchi said. "The instrument is not as well-known as the violin or piano. Hearing the classical guitar could spark a lifelong interest which someone may not have had before."

The Williamson, New York native is a graduate of the State University of New York. While there, he studied under renowned guitarist James Piorkowski. He was a four-time recipient of the Dauphin Award, a two-year winner of the Hillman Memorial Music Scholarship, and the Performer's Certificate Award. It was also during his college years that his hard work earned him performances at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival. His concerts continued with his move to Atlanta in the summer of 2002.

From 2005-2007, Bianchi took a hiatus to tour nationally with country acts Young Guns (Nashville, TN) and Chace Roberts (St. Paul, Minnesota). As an electric guitarist, Bianchi toured much of North America, playing clubs and dance halls as far away as Wyoming and North Dakota.

On his return home, Bianchi resumed his solo performances. By 2009, he was touring throughout Georgia and playing to enthusiastic crowds. These positive reactions together with his desire to travel gave him a goal to take his music to a much wider audience. In February 2010, Bianchi undertook his first solo tour which brought him to places such as Vicksburg, Mississippi, Shreveport, Lousiana, and Dallas, Texas. Due to the overwhelming success of this venture, he continues a regular touring schedule with the classical guitar.

"We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful time of great music, food, and fun. Jeffrey's resume reflects his ability to play a wide variety of styles and genres. The fact that he chooses to perform recitals of classical music reflects his passion for good art music and his ability to cause his listeners to love that style of music too," said Dr. Gena Poovey, Chair of the Department of Music at Limestone.