Joe Euro will perform in Trinity United Methodist Church’s Candlelight Concert series Thursday in Port Townsend.

Joe Euro will perform in Trinity United Methodist Church’s Candlelight Concert series Thursday in Port Townsend.

Classical guitarist to offer eclectic concert on Thursday

PORT TOWNSEND — Joe Euro, a Port Townsend entrepreneur and classical guitarist, will appear in the Candlelight Concert series at Trinity United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the church at 609 Taylor St., across from the Port Townsend Community Center.

Admission will be by a suggested $10 donation with children admitted free.

The concert will benefit local Port Townsend agencies and Trinity’s music and historic Victorian restoration program.

Refreshments will be served following the performance.

Euro has had a musical presence in Port Townsend since 1979. His performance will include acoustic, instrumental classical-finger style guitar, featuring many of Euro’s original “Neo-Classical” compositions, and some of his “Ambient Space Guitar.”

Euro said he rarely plays pieces the same way each time.

“I’ll do a few lite jazz solo guitar arrangements too, such as ‘Black Orpheus’ and maybe Monk’s ‘Round Midnight’ and/or ‘Blue Monk’ for some jazzy acoustic blues [and] a few straight pieces plucked from my classical guitar repertoire” as well as “perhaps some Scarlatti, Satie, Sor and Paganini — yes, he wrote for the guitar as well — and Chopin,” Euro said.

“Then some of my big spacey sound ambient pieces such as my ‘Alone Among Angels,’ and a medley of two: ‘Then They Were Gone’ and ‘Midnight Watch.’ ”

He plays his selections on at least four guitars which are all in different tunings.

That often includes “my Takamine classical; Ovation (black top classical) Sammick Steel String ‘Jumbo;’ and last, but not least … my ‘Open bodiless frame and neck’ of a classical nylon string guitar made by Yamaha.”

Euro has studied and taken part in master classes with Scottish classical guitarist David Russell, Rosewood Guitar founders Gary Bissirri and Steve Novechek, and Brazilian jazz legend Laurindo Almeida, of the LA 4.

Euro has five CDs out now. The first three — “The High Road” (1994), “Eyes on the Horizon” (2002), and “Souvenir” (2008) — are all available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Rhapsody, MP3 Tunes and Spotify. All will be available at the concert.

For more information, call 360-774-1644 or email [email protected]

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