Guitar prodigy to play in Ashland

The Unitarian Center in Ashland will present a concert by classical guitar prodigy Nathan Hoyt on Sunday, June 8, at — p.m.

The program will include music by J.S. Bach, Andrew York, Jose Luis Merlin, Bartolome Calatayud and George Harrison.

Nathan, 11 years old, began playing guitar at age 5 and has been studying with his current teacher, Joe Thompson, for five years.

Nathan has performed in master classes for many of the world's finest classical guitarists, including Martha Masters, Jose Luis Merlin, Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic and David Russell, and he has had private audience with Paul Galbraith.

Nathan attended the Guitar Institute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. He has twice been a soloist at the Loyola Marymount University Guitar Festival as part of the Youth Showcase.

Locally, Nathan is a regular attendee of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society, frequently performing at meetings, and he currently plays at the Art and Soul Gallery on the first Friday of each month during Ashland's Art Walk.

Nathan has been selected to be a Student Ambassador to the Mediterranean by People to People International, an organization which promotes peace and understanding through direct people-to-people cultural exchange. A Student Ambassador has the honor and responsibility of representing his or her country while exploring the world.

As an important component of this program, students are responsible for raising a portion of the money required for the trip. Proceeds from the concert will go toward funding Nathan's ambassadorship.

The concert will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on the corner of 4th and C Streets in Ashland. General-seating tickets are available at the door for a requested donation of $10, and children under 12 are free.

For more information, call the Unitarian Center at 482-4755.

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