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Guitars and Gateaux perfomer to pay homage to classical music

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By Kirsten Laskey

Benjamin Silva became a guitarist accidentally. He stumbled upon his mother’s guitar and began playing. What started out as a random meeting with an instrument has turned into a 20-year career.The communtiy can hear Silva at work during the upcoming Guitars and Gateaux concert, which will be held Thursday.Silva said he would be presenting classical guitar music; the theme of the program is “Homage to Europe and America.” He explained the music is paying homage to classical music from Spain, South America and France.Although Silva said the theme “just kind of came about,” he added he was interested in the connections the pieces he will be performing have to other musical works.Plus, “(It’s) music that I love; I’m excited about playing,” Silva said. “I think that the type of music I’m playing (is) really well-known (and have) a good connection with the audience.”He described the music as “enchanted” and “exciting.”Silva said it will be his first time performing in Los Alamos and he is “excited to see what’s it like.”He explained Greg Schneider, the organizer for the concert, invited him to concert series and “of course the answer was yes.”The community is encouraged to come to the show because “I think it’s both entertaining and I think the music has high artistic merit,” he said. “It sounds like a great event; what can be better than guitars and sweets?”Besides performing, Silva has recorded a CD, titled “Another New Beginning.”In addition to performing, Silva passes on his knowledge to the younger generation of guitarists as a teacher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at a performing arts middle and high school in Albuquerque.Silva said he has been teaching for 13 years. “I like it very much,” he said, “It’s great to pass along knowledge ee to help students find their voice in music.”He added, “Classical music and guitar are like a living art form and the beauty of it is that it is never the same thing twice.”Every performance, Silva said, is unique.The concert will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Desserts will be served a half-hour before the music begins. The event, which is sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, costs $10 for LAAC members and $15 for non-members.