ADA — Tickets are still available for a Saturday, Oct. 28 concert by Oklahoma-born guitarist Brad Richter to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy I. Summers Theatre. General admission tickets are $5 and are available in advance at Steppin’ Out Western Outfitters and Gem Jewelers in downtown Ada, or from Postal Plus at Arlington Center.

Tickets may also be available at the door the night of the concert if not sold out prior to the show.

Sponsors say Richter has developed into a world-class musician, having won several prestigious scholarships around the world. He has developed his mostly self-taught skills on the instrument into a world of rich sound and music which tells stories and paints pictures by tapping into sonorities and textures that one might think were being created by a small orchestra rather than a singe guitar.

Sponsors say Richter began teaching himself to play guitar and compose at age 12. At 18, in spite of having had no formal training, Richter was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. There he began performing, composing and teaching professionally. After completing his undergraduate degrees in performance and composition, he accepted a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London.

There he began studies with guitarist Carlos Bonell. While there, he became the first guitarist to win the Thomas Morherr prize for voice accompaniment and went on the win the Royal College of Music guitar competition before completing his master’s degree and returning to the United States to continue his concert career.

He has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with renowned chamber ensembles and orchestras in duos with artists such as soprano Nancy Davis Booth and cellist David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet.

His performances and composition are frequently heard on NPR and PBS stations, and he has been featured as a performer/teacher at guitar and music festivals around the world. Richter’s work in composition has also been recognized, and his contributions to the guitar’s literature have been highlighted with the inclusion of his biography in the fifth edition of the guitar history and reference book, “The Classical Guitar — Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800.”

While at home in Tucson, Ariz., Richter teaches at the University of Arizona and loves to spend time with his wife Kerstin and son Noah. He also enjoys hiking, running, biking and playing the guitar in the mountains and deserts that surround Tucson — mountains and deserts which have been an inspiration for much of his music.

His books and compositions are published by Mel Bay, GSP, John August Music and Lathkill Music Publishers. Richter’s critically acclaimed new CD “A Whisper in the Desert” is now available from Acoustic Music Records, www.AcousticMusicResources.com.

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