Library Recital Series
January 2012

University Showcase

Sunday, January 15, 2:30PM
Tandy Lecture Hall
Fort Worth Central Library
Free Admission

Raised in the small town of Hillsboro, TX, Nathaniel Earhardt was self-taught in popular music from 2000 until 2007, when introduced to classical guitar by Hill College instructor, Stacy Arnold. In the summer of 2008, less than a year later, he began his studies with world class performer and teacher, Robert Guthrie. That fall he transferred from the local community college to Southern Methodist University, where he spent the next two and a half years in deep study of both music and the guitar in the Meadows School of the Arts. It was also during this time in which he had the privilege to perform in the Memorial Service of Dr. David Weber, SMU History professor, and acclaimed historian, as well as for a private fundraiser for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Nathaniel was also awarded Grand Prize in Philotechnos 2009 talent show, and his program notes were published from the performance of Prokofiev’s violin concerto no. 2 by the meadows symphony orchestra with international artist Chee-Yun Kim as the performer.

A native of Helena, Montana, Brendan Johnson began his study of the guitar at age 13 with blues and rock music. He soon progressed to jazz and eventually to classical guitar which led to a Bachelor’s of Music in guitar performance under noted performer and pedagogue James Reid at the University of Idaho. While at the University of Idaho he was chosen as the winner of the Lionel Hampton School of Music’s Convocation and awarded a solo performance on the opening night of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the nation’s largest educational jazz festival. Brendan was the first solo guitarist in school history to be awarded this honor. In 2010, Brendan moved to Dallas to pursue a Master’s Degree at SMU under Robert Guthrie. Since arriving, Brendan took first place in the UT-Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition with his SMU based guitar quartet and has performed both solo and in ensembles throughout the Metroplex.

Armin Abdihodzic is praised as one of the most promising Bosnian guitarists of the coming generation. He has been playing guitar since age nine. He graduated Summa cum Laude from William Carey University under Dr. Miroslav Lon?ar and received his Master’s degree from East Carolina University under Dr. Elliot Frank. He is currently working on his Doctorate at University of North Texas under Thomas Johnson In his career, Mr. Abdihodzic performed solo and chamber concerts all over the world (Brazil, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, USA …) and participated in many festivals and competitions. Since his first competition and 1st prize in 1998 (Bosnia and Herzegovina National Guitar Competition), he received many other 1st prizes: Rosario International Guitar Competition (2011), North Carolina Academy of Music Guitar Competition (2009), Mississippi Guitar Competition (2009), Pine Belt Guitar Symposium (2003), Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs (2004) and many other top prizes including the recent 3rd place at the Columbus State Guitar Symposium (2011) and Texas A&M International Guitar Competition (2010). o be announced by September 12, 2011.

Community College Showcase

Sunday January 22, 2:30PM
Tandy Lecture Hall
Fort Worth Central Library
Free Admission

This concert features classical guitar students from Grayson County College and Collin County Comunity College. Performers are students on David Tercero, Olga Amelkina-Vera, Fernand Vera and Sabine Madriguerra. Corey Zotz (Bach: Prelude 2nd cello suite)
Misty Hebert (Giuliani: Allegro)
Seve Mexia (Romance)
Blake Perkins (Narvaez: Guardame Las Vacas)
Kileen Wallace (Johann A. Logy: Aria)
Cory Sams
Jonno Garver
Uriel Arellano
Jose Torres
Christine Wood

Joe Williams

Sunday, January 29, 2:30PM
Tandy Lecture Hall
Fort Worth Central Library
Free Admission

Classical guitarist, Joseph Williams II, is a celebrated performer, gifted composer, and passionate advocate for the arts. His concerts have been presented by the New England Conservatory and Austin Classical Guitar Society as well as numerous music festivals, universities and concert series in the United States and abroad. In 2007, VGo Recordings released his debut CD: The Eliot Fisk Guitar Series Volume One with fellow guitarist Steven Lin. He has won prizes in thirteen international guitar competitions: the 8th Annual Texas Guitar Competition 2009, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition 2009 and 2005, Classical Minds Guitar Festival 2009, New England Conservatory Boston GuitarFest 2006, Fresno Guitar Panorama 2006 and 2005, Portland Guitar Festival and Competition 2004, Thomas Beesten Guitar Competition 2004 and 2003, 24th Annual Sholin Memorial Guitar Competition 2004 and 2003, and the 7th Annual Ralph Stevens Guitar Competition 2002.

Williams' compositions includes music for orchestra, guitar, guitar ensembles, voice, and varied chamber combinations. In 2010, he was the Composer-in-Residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society and his music for young guitarists is published by His newest work, Austin Pictures, will be premiered in October of 2011 by the internationally acclaimed Miro String Quartet and a guitar orchestra of one hundred conducted by Peter Bay.

In addition to his work as a performer and composer, William is a spirited ambassador of the Arts. He regularly gives interactive performances and talks in schools and community centers. From 2005-2008, Williams was an Artist for the University of New Mexico Hospital Arts-in-Medicine Program. During this time, he shared music with with patients and medical professionals throughout the hospital on a weekly basis.

Currently, Williams is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborating on community projects with the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and freelance composing, performing and teaching. He has been on faculty at the University of New Mexico, Fort Lewis College, and Adams State College. He holds degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Arizona. His mentors include Adam Holzman, Thomas Patterson, and Michael Chapdelaine.

“It is a pleasure to hear a young player who plays his heart out and comes up with original ideas all his own. Joe is one of those rare guitarists who give this old romantic hope for the future of our beloved instrument. I look forward to lots more beautiful playing from this exceptional young talent.� -Eliot Fisk, New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) and Mozarteum (Salzburg, Vienna)

"Mission Statement"

Recorded in collaboration with Michael Sibley at Bear Cabin Recording Studio, the CD contains performances by Bryan Burns, John Galvan, The Kithara Duo, David Tercero, Oscar Valdez, and Mitch Weverka. The jacket is an original piece by Oscar Valdez. The project exemplifies the spirit of 10 years worth of performances at the Southwest Regional Library. Proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Guitar Guild.