Lachrimae Pavan John Dowland
Gran Solo Op. 14 Fernando Sor
Heliotrope Bouquet Scott Joplin
The Rosebud March
Canzonetta Felix Mendelssohn
Campanas Del Alba Eduardo Sainz De La Maza
Trois Gymnopedie Eric Satie
Leyenda De Asturias Isaac Albeniz
The American classical guitarist John De Chiaro 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 President and Mrs. Bill Clinton for two special Christmas functions at the White House.
Mr. 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 entitled “Melodie d’Amore” features his guitar transcriptions of familiar piano masterpieces from the Romantic Period. He has published extensively with the Willis Music Publishing Company and has released four anthologies of his transcriptions with Mel Bay Publications.
Mr. 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.” Recently, composers Jackson Harmeyer and Kermit Poling have written scores with Mr. De Chiaro in mind as soloist; Harmeyer’s Suite for Solo Guitar, Opus 21was performed for Fred Child of Performance Today in October 2015. Poling’s “Concerto De Chiaro” premiered in summer 2016 and was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in January 2017.
Mr. De Chiaro served for twenty-five years as Professor of Guitar at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS before coming to Central Louisiana. In Alexandria, he worked as Artist in Residence with the Rapides Parish School System to develop a string program for local public schools. As founder and director of the Alexandria Youth Orchestra, Mr. De Chiaro led this student ensemble to win first place honors in several national orchestra competitions. The highlight of the many performances they presented was a concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall in December 2013 followed by a second concert at West Point Military Academy that very same day.