Guitarist to hold Loaves & Fishes fundraiser

By Lincoln Pennington Times-News correspondent

Two years ago, Hayes Cummings discovered that playing guitar was his passion, rather than just a hobby. He is a recent graduate of The Elon School,


where he was a member of the Rock Ensemble. After years of playing guitar casually, Cummings began practicing it religiously and decided to pursue classical guitar.

He has studied basic guitar with Lucius Wilson and classical guitar with both Dr. Carey Harwood and Patrick Lui. Cummings considers all three of these men his biggest influences/ inspirations. He said in a recent interview that his mentors’ love for music “inspires (me) to work harder.”
Cummings’ practice has already begun paying off, though. He now plays regularly at Prego’s, as well as Grill 584. This fall, Cummings plans to further his studies of the classical guitar at Appalachian State University. After Appalachian, he hopes to begin playing professionally, while also pursuing a masters degree or doctorate in classical guitar.
For now, though, this rising star can be seen in his upcoming benefit concert for Loaves & Fishes Christian Food Ministries. The benefit concert will be at 3 p.m. June 26 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis St., Burlington.
Cummings hopes that people will bring either cans of food or a monetary donation to the show, although it is not required. The concert is entirely classical guitar and will feature works by Bach, Joaquin Rodrigo, Agustin Barrios, Francisco Tárrega and several others.
Cummings offered the following advice to young musicians — “work hard and do what you love.” He also encourages them to “branch out and try other styles of music” because “you may find something new and exciting that you really enjoy.”
Whether you are an avid fan of classical guitar or are just looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, Cummings’ concert is sure to be a great time for all.
Lincoln Pennington is a rising senior
at The Elon School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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