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Harp guitarist Stephen Bennett visits Rochester

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Harp guitarist Sten Bennett will showcase his serene fingerpicking style in a May 17 concert at Asbury Church. - PHOTO BY CHUCK THOMPSON
  • PHOTO BY CHUCK THOMPSON
  • Harp guitarist Sten Bennett will showcase his serene fingerpicking style in a May 17 concert at Asbury Church.

Rochester Guitar Club hosts harp guitarist Stephen Bennett this week for a concert on Friday, May 17 at Asbury Church, 1010 East Avenue, and a fingerstyle guitar workshop on Saturday, May 18 at Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Avenue. Bennett's serene fingerpicking style has an introspective vibe. But it's the added harmonic texture and low end of the harp that provide greater depth and a more engaging sound.  A co-founder of both the Harp Guitar Foundation and the annual Harp Guitar Gathering, Bennett is one of the foremost advocates for his instrument. During his more than 30-year career, he has recorded and released a prodigious amount of music, with over 40 albums to his name.

Tickets for the Friday concert at 8 p.m. are $18-$20, and are available, cash only, at the door or in advance at Bernunzio Uptown Music. The Saturday workshop takes place noon. Sponsored by Rochester Guitar Club, workshop tickets are $20 to $25, cash only. 473-6140. bernunzio.com; harpguitar.com.

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