The music committee and Emmanuel Episcopal Church will present guitarist Jeffry Steele at noon on Wednesday, July 24. This will be his first performance with the Brown Bag Concerts.
Steele studied guitar as a teen. In his first career as teacher and performer on guitar in the Boston area he was reviewed as “a splendid musician” by the Boston Globe. He next moved into school music education and obtained a master’s in music composition from the New England Conservatory. Steele has composed music for public television, choirs, ensembles and modern dance productions. In 2012 he completed a second master’s to qualify for his current position as mental health therapist. In 2018 he purchased an eight-string guitar, and with sonic rewards that outweigh the physical challenges, it has unexpectedly become his instrument of choice.
The program will include Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major; Chopin’s Prelude No. 15 and Prelude No. 4; Steele’s “Pavana Heroica”; and Sagreras’ Larghetto in E major, Adante in E major and Allegretto in E and E major. There is no admission charge but donations are appreciated for the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship, awarded every year to deserving Orcas students.