When planning the Friends of the Guitar Hour concert series, classical guitarist and “Guitar Hour” radio host Leon Atkinson always looks for a local guitarist to highlight.
“It always bothers me when people come in and bring people from outside and overlook the local people that are keeping the whole thing going,” Atkinson told the Spokesman-Review in November.
This season, Coeur d’Alene’s Larry Almeida is filling that spot.
Almeida will perform at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center on Friday.
Atkinson met Almeida when the latter was studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under guitarist and Atkinson’s longtime friend David Tannenbaum.
Almeida earned a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a master’s in performance from San Francisco State University.
He taught at the San Francisco Conservatory from 1978 to 1981 then spent the next decade teaching guitar at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
While in North Carolina, Almeida performed with the trio Villanella alongside mezzo soprano Alice Pierce and flutist Phillip Dunnigan, and at the Second American Classical Guitar Congress at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem in 1989.
Almeida has also performed with the Clarion Quintet, the Alexander String Quartet and the Winston Salem Symphony. Locally, he has performed locally with Chorale Coeur d’Alene.
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