Crossroads area music lovers are in for a rare treat this morning inside the historic Fillmore Street Chapel in downtown Corinth.

World and nationally known American classical guitarist Giovanni “John” De Chiaro will be in concert at 11 a.m. today, May 12, for the Corinth Music Club’s Mid-Morning Concert Series. The performance is free and open to the entire community.

Music club spokesperson Ginger Stockton said De Chiaro will perform selections from composers Isaac Albeniz, Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Domeniconi, Scott Joplin, Maurice Ravel and Fernando Sor.

The guitarist’s performance is in observance of National Music Week, she said.

“The Corinth Music Club is honored to present this world renowned classical guitarist as part of the 100th year celebration of the local federated club,” said Stockton. “We are very privileged and excited for John’s performance in Corinth.”

The guitarist made his debut in 1976 in a Carnegie Hall performance that brought a rave notice from the New York Times and launched a career of distinction. He has presented seven solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and more recently performed there with the Mississippi Guitar Quartet, an ensemble he established.

He has concertized throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Mexico and has performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. He also was invited to perform for former President Bill Clinton for two special Christmas functions at the White House.

The performer has published extensively with the Willis Music Publishing Company and has released four anthologies of his transcriptions with Mel Bay Publications. De Chiaro has recorded two nationally televised programs for PBS which have won top honors at several national and international film festivals.

He was also featured on the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered” discussing and performing several of his Scott Joplin transcriptions. His recordings are regularly featured on the NPR programs “Classical Guitar Alive” and “Performance Today.” De Chiaro retired as Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, having served there for 25 years.

He is the current Artist In Residence for the Rapides Parish School System in Alexandria, Louisiana, where he is developing a string program.

De Chiaro is the founder and director of the Carlow Choir, a vocal ensemble which has presented concerts of sacred music throughout the United States, Ireland and Italy. While in Italy, the choir performed for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome. The choir has released a recording of sacred anthems on the Centaur Record Label entitled “Reflections For The Heart” and has recorded three special television programs for the global Catholic television network EWTN (The Eternal Word Television Network), including a concert recorded at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.

The classical guitarist is also the founder and director of the Alexandria Youth Orchestra which has won first place honors in two national competitions in Memphis and Nashville. De Chiaro is now serving as professor of classical guitar at Louisiana College in Pineville. His latest recording features him performing the Concierto De Chiaro with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded on the Centaur Record label.

De Chiaro is a recording artist for Centaur Records in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has recorded his guitar transcriptions of the complete works of Scott Joplin, two Christmas CDs, a Broadway Collection and a Wedding Album. His latest release, “Melodie d’Amore,” features his guitar transcriptions of familiar piano masterpieces from the Romantic Period.

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