Classical guitarist David Perry is not easily satisfied.
Drafted into the Vietnam-era Army in 1971, where he played guitar in the Army Band, he later opened David Perry's Guitar and Lute shop near Dupont Circle in the early '70s. But the 1981 recession hit his little business in a big way, so he closed shop and began performing full time.
He's continued ever since, singing Washington Opera roles and appearing in an Arena Stage production of "As You Like It."
Traditional guitar recitals, though, don't exite him. "My performances are very much like acting," explains Perry. "I speak to the audience, I stand with the guitar rather than sitting in a classical position. That's what I like about the stage -- you have much more freedom of movement."
Perry's listeners are liable to hear classical sounds, but his chief concern was to present music in more accessible form. He spent two years arduously transcribing Schubert's "Die schone Mullerin," a 20-song cycle dating from the 1820s, into an eight-string guitar piece.
"What is satisfying is creating a new art form," says Perry. "I play the piano version practically note for note on the guitar. I had to add two strings to the guitar to capture its low range."
Tonight, "Concerts to End Hunger" presents Perry at Bethesda's United Church of Christ, where he'll play works by Debussy and Bach as well as a Segovia transcription of Argento's "Letters From Composers."