GuitarSarasota’s Mini-Concert & Lecture Series Presents Joe Shields

guitarsarasota_Joseph_Shields_GuitaristMonday, January 9, 2017 – Joseph Shields – Classical Guitar

GuitarSarasota’s Mini-Concert & Lecture Series is generously sponsored by the Vera & Imre Hecht Foundation, Inc.

GuitarSarasota’s presents Joseph Shields on Monday, January 9, 2016, at 7:30pm at the Crocker Memorial Church in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, Florida 34236. Concerts are free and open to the public, no reservations are necessary.

Seating is open, and available on a “first come, first served basis”. The host, Dr. Zachary Johnson of GuitarSarasota, introduces the artists, as well as engages the audience in an enlightening conversation with the musicians.

A short Meet The Artists reception is held following the concert at the adjacent Bidwell-Wood historic house.

Guitarist and composer Joseph Shields has performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Los Angeles, New York’s 92nd Street Y, St. Paul’s Chapel, Advent Lutheran and Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia and has been a featured performer at the Long Island Guitar Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA and lecturer at the Stetson International Guitar Workshop. Mr. Shields has given the U.S. and World Premieres of works with electric guitar by such distinguished composers as Lois Vierk and Adam Silverman and has performed with soprano, Marilyn Mulvey.  He was awarded the Eliot Fisk Prize “to an outstanding guitarist” by Yale University where he was heralded for his “exciting and virtuosic playing”. Mr. Shields also won the top prize in the 1998 Belle and Lynum Jackson Competition for excellence in music performance held annually at Marshall University and was one of four guitarists selected nation-wide to perform in a 1999 master-class for Pepe Romero, who praised Shields as “a wonderful guitarist”. Mr. Shields’ compositions for guitar have drawn praise from audiences and artists alike, prompting the celebrated French guitarist and composer, Roland Dyens, to praise him as “a very refined and sensitive musician.”  In addition, Mr. Shields’ articles have been published in Soundboard, the journal for the Guitar Foundation of America. Having begun his formal studies with celebrated guitarist and composer Rex Willis, Joseph Shields is also a graduate of Yale, Marshall and Stetson Universities where he studied primarily with renowned guitarists Benjamin Verdery, Leo Welch, Stephen Robinson and Ricardo Cobo. His master-class performances make up a virtual “Who’s Who” list of elite guitarists including Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell and Eduardo Fernandez among numerous others.  He has served on the faculties of both Shawnee State and Marshall University. After eighteen years in New Haven, CT, Mr. Shields has recently returned to Florida where he teaches guitar at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton and remains active as a performer, composer and pedagogue.

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