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Guitarist's local outreach results in Candlelight gig

Jason Vieaux

New York-based classical guitarist Jason Vieaux might be making his professional debut in Columbia performing with the Escher String Quartet Saturday, Nov. 19. But the upcoming Candlelight Concerts appearance won't be the first time locals have seen him play.

That distinction goes back two years, to when Vieaux stopped into the area to play a series of impromptu sets of music to both senior citizens and cancer patients at Howard County General Hospital.

The award-winning musician's performances were as positively received as they were surprising to his audiences, says Holly Thomas, the vice president and artistic director of the Candlelight...