The Friends of The Mount Carroll Township Public Library hosted a free concert by harp guitarist/guitarist Muriel Anderson. Anderson’s love for music is inspirational. Crowd members were treated to a variety of Christmas songs at the end of the program.
(PA photo/Lynnette Forth)
By LYNNETTE FORTH | For The Prairie Advocate News
MOUNT CARROLL – There were a lot of “happy feet” on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the First Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll, as a large crowd was mesmerized by the musical styling of Muriel Anderson during a concert sponsored by the Friends of the Mount Carroll Township Public Library.
Anderson is the first woman to win the National Finger-style Guitar championships. She has recorded with legendary country music artist Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and with the Chicago Symphony, as well as in Tennessee with the National Chamber Orchestra. She is a composer of harp guitar and guitar music, and has toured throughout North America and the far East.
Having just completed a tour in Germany, France, Switzerland, and Lithuania, Anderson noted that she likes to announce each tune in the native language if possible. During the Mount Carroll show, guests were treated to a wide variety of music, some even sung in French.
The first piece of the afternoon was called “A View from Space,” which the artist wrote following the space shuttle Discovery’s recent tour.
“Astronaut Susan Helms took my CD on the trip and it traveled 2.5 thousand miles. Helms told me she thought the music would be great to view space as it went by. I wrote this song after viewing the photos the shuttle took,” Anderson stated proudly.
While sitting in the kitchen of Chet Atkins, Anderson learned one particular song from Chet, which Sunday’s crowd was treated to, titled “Happy Again,” and she also performed another Atkins song about the life of Vincent VanGough. Each song that Anderson performed during the hour long concert was unique, and the artist’s love of music was evident as she smiled throughout each piece.
Anderson gives guitar workshops, has released numerous instructional DVD’s, eight instrumental CD’s, instructional books, and was a bronze medal winner of Acoustic Guitar’s 2009 reader’s choice award for “best classical guitarist.”
Many of her concerts benefit the Music for Life Alliance, a charity founded by Anderson to help support music education for young people. More information about the charity can be found at www.musicforalliance.com.
Commenting on her newest CD, Anderson stated “This new CD is exciting for me. I went through a great deal to have it completed in time for today. Every song on it was written with love.”
Finishing the concert with amazing renditions of Christmas tunes, Anderson received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Currently living in Nashville, Anderson originally hails from Downers Grove, Illinois. To purchase merchandise, tour schedule, and to learn more about this talented artist, visit www.murielanderson.com.Thank you to the Friends of the Mount Carroll Township Public Library for providing such a relaxing and inspirational afternoon. Please be sure to support the group as they continue to raise funds to make the library handicap accessible.