"An Explosion of Sound" with the Northwest Repertory Singers

I just had a great rehearsal with my friend, Dr. Paul W. Schultz, and the Northwest Repertory Singers and principal members of the Rainier Symphony! This weekend, we will performing "The Lake Isle" by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeiljo. Commissioned by the American University Consortium, this piece is based on the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by W.B. Yeats,  written 1888. This work is a a unique blend of steel-string fingerstyle guitar with choir, orchestra, and piano.

Join us this Saturday, March 12th at 7:30 pm or Sunday, March 13th at 3:00 pm at the Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma. To learn more about the concert or to purchase tickets online, please click here to visit the Northwest Repertory Singers website!

A Classical Guitar Holiday Solo Recital

A Winter Holiday Classical Guitar Recital in Tacoma

It's that time of year again! During this holiday season, on Sunday December 27th at 3 pm, I will be performing a classical guitar solo concert once again. This year's theme is "Bella Italia", featuring the works of great Italian composers including Domenico Scarlatti, Mauro Giuliani, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, among other classical guitar staples. Join me at the intimate venue of the Antique Sandwich Co. in Tacoma. Hope to see you there!

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2015 Sip with the Symphony

I will be performing again at the Federal Way Symphony's annual "Sip with the Symphony" fundraiser. Start your Halloween weekend early and enjoy sampling premier Washington wines paired with delectable appetizers. The event begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 30th at the Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club. I will be entertaining with many classical guitar favorites and a few select pieces from my upcoming solo recital set. Please reserve your tickets today by visiting the Federal Way Symphony's website or calling (253) 529-9857.

Support your local Symphony and help provide kids with free concert tickets and sponsor education programs!

 

 

9th Annual Symphony Gala and Auction

Join me on September 26th at 6:00 pm at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club for an "elegant and mysterious" masquerade ball, dinner, and auction, accompanied by classical guitar music! Auctioneer Keith Eldridge of KOMO News will lead the auction and proceeds go to the Federal Way Symphony's education programs. 

Advance reservations are required, so please reserve your tickets or table by August 31st. Hope to see you there!

Federal Way Symphony annual Garden Tour

Yesterday, on this wonderful and hot weekend, I had the pleasure of performing some classical guitar selections for guests of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden! This was part of the Federal Way Symphony's annual "Garden Tour" series. My colleague Jean Balogh, the Federal Way School of Music's flute instructor, was kind enough to run the information table for the Symphony and the Federal Way School of Music. Thank you all who attended the event and I hope to see you all next year!

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Source: http://federalwaysymphony.org/20150718.htm...

2015 Mother's Day at the Rhododendron Species Garden

It's that time of year again! For Mother's Day weekend, I'll be performing classical guitar favorites at the Rhododendron Species Garden on the Weyerhaeuser campus. Join me Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th, from 12 pm to 3 pm for a delightful time at the garden. Hope to see you there and Happy Mother's Day! For more information about the event, please visit this posting at the Federal Way Mirror or the official Rhody Garden website.

Enjoy the Holidays with Classical Guitar

On Sunday December 28th at 3:00pm, I will be performing a solo classical guitar recital at the Antique Sandwich Company in Tacoma. Join me during the holidays for an afternoon of classical guitar masterpieces including selections by Bach, Guiliani, Albeníz, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and more. Hope to see you all there again at this delightful venue!

Antique Sandwich Company Classical Recital Concert
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Official YouTube Channel

I have just launched my new YouTube channel where I will be posting guitar performances, classical concert footage, educational tips, special songwriting features, and much more. Please subscribe to my channel here and LIKE and comment on my videos if you enjoy them! Here is a preview of things to come with a live cover of the Randy Rhoads guitar solo from Crazy Train! Thanks!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt62iZwmM...

Heart-swelling Moment During Federal Way PACC Fundraiser

I want to give a big THANK YOU to those of you who attended the PACC fundraiser on November 1st and for supporting this project! 

As the 5th largest city in King Country, the Federal Way community deserves to be a cultural and arts center. I strongly believe that the planned Performing Arts Center will be an important addition to the community, providing a much needed resource and central location for the arts in Federal Way.

 

The Federal Way Mirror wrote a nice review of the event, restating of what the PACC will mean to the community. Thanks to all the kind words and support! Read about it here.

For more information, please visit the Federal Way PACC webpage:
http://www.federalwaypacc.org/

Source: http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/le...

Fundraiser for Federal Way Performing Arts Center

I will be performing on classical guitar with some very talented artists in support of the future Federal Way Performing Arts Center. Please come and show your support for the arts and a very worthy cause!

It will be located at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way on Saturday November 1st at 7:30. Hope to see you all there!

For more information on the PACC, please visit: http://www.federalwaypacc.org/

Source: http://www.federalwaypacc.org/

Mother's Day Concert at the Rhododendron Species Garden

Leon Christian Classical Guitar Rhododendron Botanical Garden Recital

What a wonderful weekend playing for the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden "Mother's Day Weekend in the Garden" event at the Weyerhaeuser arboretum. The place was packed today as mothers and families came to enjoy the beautiful gardens and enjoy in the festivities. I hope mothers everywhere had a wonderful day today! I was even blessed to have my own mother come to the event and she was gifted a beautiful yellow flowered rhododendron plant by the society! I hope if I make it to 97 years old I will get stuff for free too! 
 

There are more events to come... Stay tuned for more info! 

Happy Mother's Day and best wishes to all!

Source: www.facebook.com/RhodyGarden/posts/8662837...

Classical Guitar Concert at the Antique Sandwich Co.

I would like to say thank you to all who came out to my first solo guitar performance in two years. I have been busy performing guitar concerti with local symphony and chamber orchestras. It was a great time and a full house! Special thanks to Franko Fountaine, David Hirst, and The Antique Sandwich Company for hosting the event.

The  Antique Sandwich Company  in Tacoma, WA: A beautiful intimate venue for those who love classical music recitals, sandwiches, or pies!

The Antique Sandwich Company in Tacoma, WA: A beautiful intimate venue for those who love classical music recitals, sandwiches, or pies!

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