Please join us for our 2017-2018 Mini-Concert and Lecture Series including professional musicians from Sarasota/Bradenton, Miami, Tallahassee, and beyond.
NOTE: Mini-Concert & Lecture Series New Location for 2017-2018
Due to the popularity of our Mini-Concert and Lecture Series, we have moved to a larger venue, the St. Paul Lutheran Church located at 2256 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, Florida
• Start at 7:30pm on the second Monday of the month
• Concerts are free and open to the public
• No reservation, open seating available on a first come, first served basis
• Host, Dr. Zachary Johnson of GuitarSarasota, introduces our guests, as well as engages the audience in an enlightening conversation with the artists. This is not your usual concert format.
• Concerts are organized by GuitarSarasota with gracious support from the Vera & Imre Hecht Foundation, Inc.
Monday, November 13, 2017 – Ben Lougheed – Classical Guitar
Monday, December 11, 2017 – Lady and the Bard – Acoustic Guitar and Voice
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Federico Musgrove – Classical Guitar
Monday, February 12, 2018 – Erol Ozsever – Classical Guitar
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Community and Youth Showcase – Classical Guitar
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Stetson University Guitar Ensemble – Classical Guitar
Monday, November 13, 2017 – Ben Lougheed – Classical Guitar
Classical Guitarist Benjamin Lougheed began his guitar study at the age of six with notable Suzuki pedagogue Marylou Roberts. He then earned his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying with department chair Julian Gray. He completed his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State, under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman, who was recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame. Currently, Ben is continuing his studies with Mr. Holzman while completing his Doctorate of Music in Guitar Performance from FSU. He has also participated in master classes with several of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including Jason Vieaux, Denis Azabagic, Alvaro Pierri, Judicael Perroy and Paul Galbraith. His program will feature an eclectic array of works of the 20th century guitar repertoire ranging from late romanic pieces to arrangements of jazz standards.
Monday, December 11, 2017 – Lady and the Bard – acoustic guitar and voice
Lady and The Bard bring a new perspective to the genre of Americana with their blend of traditional American folk songs, spirituals, blues, ragtime, and early jazz. Their sound is raw acoustic, just two voices and a guitar. Their performances comprise of songs and tales of early America, from the struggles of war and hardship, to the lonesome blues of a wandering soul, to tales of love and heartache. Their passionate performances of their original arrangements bring a new life and energy to old, nearly forgotten songs. The duo creates a big sound with their use of tight vocal harmonies, pumping rhythms, and virtuosic guitar playing. Today, Lady and The Bard are gaining traction as they bring old, hard-travelled songs to the forefront of their sets to venues across the Southeast. Their audiences range from young to old, united by the love of timeless music.
Monday, January 8, 2018 – Federico Musgrove – classical guitar
Federico, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, started playing guitar at the age of twelve. In 2001, he moved to Miami, Florida and decided to pursue a career in music. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Miami where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music performance. His most recent performances include solo recitals, appearances with the Miami Guitar Trio, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Musgrove is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Miami under a full scholarship, where he is a Teacher Assistant and a Henry Mancini Fellow.
Monday, February 12, 2018 – Erol Ozsever – classical guitar
Erol Ozsever is a classical guitarist living in Bradenton, Florida. He received his doctoral degree in classical guitar from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2014. He has received numerous recognitions and competition prizes including the top prize for graduate strings in the 2008 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale and 1st prize at the 2009 Rosario Guitar Competition. In 2010 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Competition in the performance of the music of Spain and Latin America at Indiana University.
Erol has performed at theaters, concert halls, and universities across the country. He has shared the stage at the Palladium with members of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Carmel, Indiana. He has performed in master classes with a number of world-renowned performers including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Adam Holzman, and Adam del Monte.
In 2011 Erol released his first recording Canción: Music of Spain & Latin America. The disc features works by Mompou, Albéniz, Tárrega, Llobet, Morel, Piazzolla, and Assad.
Erol performs on a 2012 Keijo Korelin Cedar double top guitar sponsored by Reverie Classical Guitars.
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Community and Youth Showcase
This mini-concert features guitar ensembles from local high schools, The Suzuki Institute, and GuitarSarasota’s own Performer Ensemble.
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Stetson University Guitar Ensemble – classical guitar
The Stetson University Guitar Ensemble is comprised of the students of Stephen Robinson, D.M., professor of music. Performances include various combinations of guitars, as well as guitars with other instruments, and are given regularly on campus and in the surrounding communities. “Guitar on the Rocks,” their annual concert at Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum of Minerals, is a campus favorite. The guitar program, founded by Robinson in 1983, is recognized as one of the foremost undergraduate guitar programs in the United States.