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April 18, 2013

Taking center stage

Classical guitarist, 12, to perform at Firehouse

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“That was fun; that was really, really fun,” he said. “The song came out the way it was supposed to and I think people really enjoyed that.”

Now the Byfield boy will make the leap from his school stage to center stage at the Firehouse alongside Levin, who has performed across the United States, South America and Europe.

A classical virtuoso, Levin, who has released four albums and is working on four more, will be making his Firehouse debut as well on Wednesday.

“It makes me feel very proud to have this opportunity,” Quentin said. “Adam is a fantastic guitar player. It’s really fun to play with him.”

While his father admits it will be slightly nerve-racking for him and his wife to watch their young son perform for a Firehouse audience, Quentin is comfortable before a crowd.

“He just enjoys being up there, he really does,” Callewaert said.

Perhaps making the young performer feel a little more at ease is the fact that Levin is also his guitar teacher.

“Teaching Quentin has been a wonderful experience for me,” Levin said. “Rarely do you have the opportunity to work with a young person whose natural abilities on the guitar and talent are coupled with a strong passion for learning and improvement. There is a genuine sense of love and happiness surrounding music for Quentin.”

The first half of Quentin’s performance will feature classical pieces as well as his own composition, “Clockwork.” Then he will move on to more contemporary tunes from the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Queen.

“To think I started playing ‘Secret Agent Man’ to now, more complicated things,” he said.

IF YOU GO What: An Evening of Guitar with Adam Levin and Quentin Callewaert When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport How: $14. To purchase, visit www.firehouse.org or call 978-462-7336.

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