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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Guitarist Billy McLaughlin will be featured in a new concert premiering Saturday on Twin Cities Public Television.

“Starry Night” features McLaughlin performing guitar compositions with Orchestra Nova.

The program also profiles McLaughlin — known for his finger-tapping guitar style — and his battle with focal dystonia, an incurable neuromuscular disease that forced him to switch playing hands.

The mysterious disorder made it difficult for McLaughlin to control his left hand. But instead of giving up on his career, McLaughlin switched hands and relearned how to play the guitar.

“Starry Night” will premiere on tpt2 during the annual fall pledge drive.

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