Scott Valley Bank at the Avery benefit series presents John Doan – Homage to Fernando Sor

Musician extraordinaire, John Doan is returning to the historic Avery Theatre in Etna on Nov.16th, 7pm to perform his latest concert ‘Homage to Fernando Sor’, which he previewed at concerts in Europe earlier this year.

John’s deep exploration of Sor’s world has been greatly enhanced by some of the world’s leading scholars who personally guided him through the narrow streets of Barcelona and within the walls of the Monastery of Montserrat where Sor grew up, and among downtown London, Moscow and Paris addresses were Sor lived and worked.

A few years ago John acquired an instrument that Fernando Sor very likely commissioned to be built in London in 1819. Hearing Sor’s works on an original instrument added dimension to John’s understanding of Sor. John also rediscovered Sor’s complete works for the three-necked harpolyre, and presented it in his CD ‘The Lost Music of Fernando Sor’.

In this Concert, John not only chronicles the turbulent life and times of the fabled pioneer of the classical guitar
Fernando Sor (1778-1839), but transports the audience back in time through his masterful storytelling and multi-media slides. John’s bog oak guitar virtually defies time, being the world’s only instrument made from 5,500 year old wood!  The program includes music on a period Dital harp (ca. 1815) from England and on an authentic lyre guitar (ca. 1815) from France. These instruments are rarely, if ever, heard on the concert stage.

Those of you who have attended John’s previous concerts in Etna (‘A Celtic Pilgrimage’ and his ‘Victorian Christmas’ show, which was originally presented on PBS), know the heart-felt performance and incredible music John presents in each Concert.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity!  Purchasing advance tickets is highly recommended.  The Theatre is expected to sell out.

John’s performance is the third of four 2013 Scott Valley Bank at the Avery performances and will benefit the Scott Valley Family Resource Center (SVFRC). Please bring a non-perishable food item to the performance or drop off at the Etna and Fort Jones branches prior to the Nov. 16th performance to fill the SVFRC pantry.

Advance Tickets are $10. $12 at the door. Purchase advance tickets at Scott Valley Bank, Wildwood Crossing in Etna, and Nature’s Kitchen in Yreka.  For more information about this performance or to reserve tickets at the door call (530) 467-5815.  For more info on the historic Avery Theatre visit  To learn more about John Doan visit

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