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Guitarist Billy McLaughlin to perform at Oakton

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  • Musician Billy McLaughlin will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, at Oakton Community College.

      Musician Billy McLaughlin will perform Saturday, Sept. 21, at Oakton Community College.
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Submitted by Oakton Community College

Artist Billy McLaughlin -- who overcame incredible medical odds to perform again onstage -- kicks off Oakton's Performing Arts season with a concert of his complex and rhythmic guitar music at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Since the 1980s, McLaughlin has astounded audiences around the world with his acoustic guitar playing. However, in 2001 he was diagnosed with focal dystonia, an incurable neuromuscular disorder that rendered him unable to play his own music. In order to triumph over his rare medical condition, the determined McLaughlin taught himself to play guitar left-handed.

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Tickets for this Music in Person performance are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call (847) 635-1900.

In addition to his concert, McLaughlin will host a free master class at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, in Studio One. Enjoy a unique opportunity to work and learn from this talented musician.

For more information about the master class, contact Tom Clippert at (847) 635-1937 or

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