Wednesday , 20 June 2018

Classic Meets Contemporary, a Celebration of the Guitar

By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Staff

On March 17 at 8 p.m., finger-style guitarists John Wynn, and Carlo Pezzimenti will be in concert at Frisco Discovery Center’s Black Box Theater. The duo will present, “Classic Meets Contemporary, a Celebration of the Guitar.” The concert will also feature live art by artist Anne Royer. 

“Carlo and I will present the music of the guitar in the way it can be most appreciated,” says Wynn. “In an intimate setting.” Frisco’s Black Box Theater seats 150 guests.

Wynn began his musical studies at age four. A student of the piano, ukulele and guitar, by his teen years, Wynn’s focus was entirely on guitar. A native of Florida, Wynn moved to Texas in 1989 and has devoted his time to maintaining an active McKinney studio. Known in the music world for his popular workshops and performances, Wynn, is also known for his original compositions, and for writing and publishing study guides through his company Lone Prairie Music.  

“It will be an honor to share the stage with Carlo Pezzimenti,” says Wynn, “He is one the great interpreters of music.  He is like a brother and is an enormous influence on my music. If I could aspire to be a better teacher and musician, it would be to be more like him.”

Pezzimenti began his musical study at his mother’s knee. At the age of 13, after hearing his first classical guitar concert in Florence, Italy, he knew the guitar was his instrument. And so began his lifelong commitment to the music of Spain and Hispanic America. Under the tutelage of guitar master’s Sergio Notaro and Andres Segovia, Pezzimenti learned well. In 1974, he moved to Dallas to launch his U.S. performing career. Pezzimenti toured nationally and internationally, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1982. His concerts have been televised worldwide, including to an audience of three million in China. In 2000, he was invited by the country of Spain to play before King Juan Carlos at the national festival honoring Hispanic Culture.  Pezzimenti continues to teach in the Segovia tradition and has served on the faculty of Texas Woman’s University since 1980.

Special guest artist Anne Royer’s work focuses on color and composition while encompassing a broad range of subject matter. “I am most enthusiastic about music, the synergy between musicians and artists, and creating paintings live during music events,” says Royer. Royer holds a fine arts degree from Austin College and three Master’s Degrees from Yale. She currently teaches art history at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts and fine art in her studio and at the Historic McKinney Art House. Her work can be found at Orison’s Fine Art Framing on the Square in McKinney.

Tickets for this event are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 972-832-1646 or 972-668-5180.

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