By Linda A. Reiss / Chronicle contributor
A familiar song, a traditional tune, or a light classical selection… all become music of exceptional beauty in the hands of finger-style guitarist Anthony Zarola. The notes are liquid, the musical transitions mesmerizing as he lovingly interprets the mellow classical pop music which comprises the program to be offered to the public at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade.
Fifty-eight years young, Zarola is a San Diego native whose repertoire includes classical pop, ragtime, blues, country, and folk music played on the guitar, banjo, and dobra. His extensive relationship with music began in 1972 as a "Taylor Guitars" Luthier guitar builder and graduate. He rapidly progressed to become the instructor for instrumental ensembles at Northland Pioneer College in Show-Low, AZ, returning to Cuyamaca College, San Diego, where he spent 46 years as a technical illustrator and guitar artist. A jingle song writer, he also worked as an assistant to the producer at M.I.C. a California based motion picture company.
Zarola presently lives in Cumberland County with his wife of 20 years, Mary. He teaches at the Crossville Music Academy and continues to perform professionally. His local musical performance credits include a third-place finish at the 2003 Country Music Instrumental Contest in Sparta. He has performed locally at Druid Hills Country Club, the Palace Theatre, the Rusty Rooster, and many business openings. The father of four children with five grandchildren, this Renaissance man is also a new product designer and patent holder.
Join your friends and neighbors for this afternoon of musical entertainment amid the collection of fine art currently on display in the PCAC’s Main Gallery. The afternoon performance will be accompanied by wine tasting and appetizers. Cost for the event is $15 per person. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Plateau Creative Arts Center at 707-7249. The Art Guild is a not-for-profit 501 ©(3) organization and is an equal opportunity provider.