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Guitarist pals join for concert

Louis Valentine Johnson (left) and Jose Luis Merlin play the season-opening Twin Cities Concert Association show.
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Composers Jose Luis Merlin and Louis Valentine Johnson are good friends who like to play classical guitar together.

They don’t often get the chance to do so; Johnson is from Grass Valley, and Merlin is from Spain.

The guitarists see each other only a few times, if that, a year.



They’ll be together this week when the Twin Cities Concert Association features the guitarists in its season-opening concert Sunday afternoon.

Merlin and Johnson, who both will have new CDs for sale at the concert, will play their own compositions separately and perform together.




Johnson received a grant from Meet the Composers, Inc. to debut his “American Reflections” Sunday.

The piece includes a focus on Sept. 11, 2001, memorializing the tragedy in Manhattan, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Johnson’s “Goodbye to Mexico,” written in memory of 14 Mexican citizens who died at the Arizona-Mexico border in May 2001; and “Children Dancing” and “Walking the Yuba River” are also part of the piece.

The concert is the first stop on Merlin’s West Coast tour.

A preconcert forum is at 1:15 p.m., and a complimentary reception follows the show.

WHAT: Jose Luis Merlin and Louis V. Johnson in concert

WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: $14 adults, $12 seniors, $5 college students with ID (at door only), free for children ages 5 to 17. Tickets at

Mountain Mail, Record Connection, Harmony Books and the door.

INFO: 470-9454


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