McClure’s recital to feature Spanish music

Classical pianist, former Wilsonian, plays here March 18

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Classical pianist Mac McClure performs all over the world but will come home to Wilson for a March 18 concert at West Nash United Methodist Church. 

The concert is a benefit for new ministries and outreach at the church.

“I occasionally do benefit concerts as I feel that it’s a great way for me to give back to the universe and share what I do,” he said.

McClure splits his time between Barcelona, Spain, where he has lived for almost 35 years, and Bogota, Columbia.

“I’ve been teaching at the national University of Columbia for eight years, and I must say that I very much enjoy my students there,” he said. “I get a lot of feedback, and I also learn a lot from teaching and personally find it very complementary to performing.”

McClure said the past year has been crazy for him.

“So many wonderful things have happened,” he said. “I performed for the first time in Scotland and was allowed to perform in old castles — sort of like Downton Abbey — where people still live, which was quite an extraordinary experience.”

He performed in Serbia, Austria and Cuba and went to China for the first time to judge a competition and perform.

“I went to Sweden and to the North Pole and got to drive around the Arctic Circle on sleds pulled by huskies and sleep in igloos where it was nighttime almost 24 hours a day which is an extraordinary experience,”

McClure said this year started with the recording of three CDs. Two of them were started years ago. He said they will be on the market probably in late May. McClure has recorded more than 40 CDs that are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and other similar sites.

There are many new adventures planned this year, including a one-month guest artist residence at the National University of Mexico in August and concerts in six or seven cities. He will be judging the national piano competition in Costa Rica in Late July. 

McClure has concerts in Spain, England, Scotland, Serbia and France this summer and will be back in the United States in September for events in Virginia, Alabama, Missouri, Chicago and Michigan.

“And all this on top of my teaching and the National University of Colombia,” he said.

McClure’s preferred composers include Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann and Ravel. The Wilson concert will be a recital of Spanish music, McClure said.

“It covers a broad range of styles and emotions, and I think it is a good match for the general public that doesn’t know much about classical or Spanish music.”

McClure attended West Nash United Methodist Church when he was growing up, and his parents, Bill and Nancy McClure, still attend.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Tickets will be sold in advance at the church doing regular business hours or at the door if any remain. Call 252-237-4258. The church is located at 2200 Nash St.