Since graduating from Ithaca College with a master's degree in classical guitar performance, Mark Arnold has taught guitar and directed ensembles at Finger Lakes Community College. But he has also continues to explore the outer regions of the guitar repertoire. His gorgeous new album, "Bells of Dawn," encompassing traditional Appalachian folk songs and music from Japan and South America, veers nicely off the beaten classical track. It's a safe bet he'll be drawing from this treasure trove of world music when he performs at his CD release concert at the Cobblestone Arts Center this weekend.
Mark Arnold performs Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m. at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington. Free. cobblestoneartscenter.com. — BY RON NETSKY