Classical guitarist Jaxon Williams will perform a solo concert of romantic Spanish compositions featured on his new album, "La Catedral."
Classical guitarist and Ashland High School grad Jaxon Williams will perform a solo concert of romantic Spanish compositions featured on his new album, "La Catedral."
Williams, 22, released his first album, "Jaxon Williams Guitar," when he was just 16 years old. "La Catedral," his second album, demonstrates more mature musicianship, he says.
Williams will debut the new album at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the First Congregational Church of Ashland, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. The concert is sponsored by the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.
The acoustic program will include works by composers Isaac Albeniz and Regino Sainz de la Maza of Spain and Augustin Barrios of Paraguay, as well as arrangements of Catalonian folk music by Miguel Llobet and "Estudio sin Luz" by Andres Segovia — all works included on his instrumental album.
"It's all romantic pieces of music from Spain and South America," says Williams. "It has a Latin feel to it, but it's classical guitar."
Williams began studying guitar about 15 years ago. In 2005 and 2006, he won first place at a state high school classical guitar competition.
He is a junior at Brigham Young University, where he studies guitar performance.
With the proceeds from his concert, Williams says he hopes to travel to Spain this winter to connect with the roots of classical guitar.
Tickets to Williams' Ashland concert cost $15, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Tickets are available at CD or Not CD in Ashland or at the door.