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Center for the arts welcomes classical guitarist Claude Bourbon to stage

Claude Bourbon
SPRINGVILLE — When folk and classical musician Claude Bourbon comes to the Springville Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 5, he said he will let his music speak for itself.

“Music is a vocabulary which is unique, different and personal to each musician,” Bourbon said, in an email.

Born in France, Bourbon grew up in Switzerland. He said he first wanted to be a drummer, but then he took a number of French horn lessons before starting to play the guitar. At the age of 15, he learned classical music.

“My music is a mixture of classical, renaissance, blues and Spanish music,” he said. “These are the [types of] music that have most influenced me, over the years.”

Bourbon said that, in some cases, he interprets classical scores from Mozart and Ravel into his own musical language. The artist, who has produced eight CDs, has just released two albums, one of which is a double CD. Bourbon said he will choose from that repertoire as he pick from as he prepares to entertain Springville audiences.

BBC, UK said, of Bourbon, “This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly-developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience; from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers and a real treat for music lovers.”

Bourbon said he enjoys playing for any audience, no matter the size.

The guitarist is one of key performers for the SCA’s Acoustic Autumn festival, which will also see performers including Doug Yeomans with Porcelain Train on Oct. 13 and Ernie Hawkins with Concrete Peach on Oct. 20.

Presale tickets are available for purchase, by calling 592-9038 or visiting Tickets will also be sold at the door, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All shows will begin at 8. A subscription package to all four shows is available.

The SCA is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. This acoustic guitar series is produced by production comany JimHoweConcerts. More information is also available at


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