Catherine O Kelly will perform a solo concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and
Catherine O Kelly will perform a solo concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and upkeep of the Meeting House. COURTESY PHOTO

SHIRLEY -- Catherine O'Kelly will perform a solo concert at 7 p.m., on Saturday, July 7, at the Shirley Meeting House, 41 Brown Road.

O'Kelly will perform works by Bach, Barrios and Nikita Koshkin. The Koshkin piece, "The Prince's Toys," is O'Kelly's signature piece and features many unusual guitar techniques, creating sound effects that audibly tell the story of a prince who mistreats toys that come to life and seek revenge on him.

"I decided to learn 'The Prince's Toys' because I love how Koshkin finds untraditional ways of creating sounds on the guitar," O'Kelly said. "Learning the piece was fun because it required quite a bit of experimentation on my part to find a way to produce the sound effects successfully.

"People often have trouble connecting to contemporary music because it sounds unfamiliar or even bizarre," she added. "'The Prince's Toys' is one of my favorite pieces to play for audiences because it has such a fun, charming story, and audiences end up loving the piece."

The concert is sponsored by Golden Girl Granola of Shirley. A suggested donation of $15 can be given at the door; proceeds benefit maintenance and upkeep of the Meeting House.

For information, visit www.shirleymeetinghouse.org.


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