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 – Berioli – Johnson Duo – Classical Guitar duet
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 – Berioli-Johnson Duo – classical guitar and voice
The Berioli-Johnson duo has performed throughout the southwest Florida area. Combining the guitar playing of Zachary Johnson with the lyrical power of soprano Deborah Berioli, their duo presents an eclectic repertoire, including traditional Spanish folk songs, English lute songs, and favorites of the guitar voice repertoire.
Dr. Zachary Johnson is a young classical guitarist whose talent has garnered national attention. He has performed in venues across the United States for recitals, competitions, and festivals. He has performed for the Portland Classic Guitar Series, Seven Hills Concert Series, GuitarSarasota, and as a selected performer for the Stetson International Guitar Festival. In 2014, he made his UK debut performing for the Oxford Classical Guitar Society.
Deborah Berioli is a critically acclaimed soprano for her portrayals of leading operatic roles including Amelia in Verdi’s A Masked Ball and the title roles of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Tosca. Her career has led her to perform with major US regional opera houses and concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York and internationally with Derby Cathedral in England and Jaffa Old City in Tel Aviv. In conjunction with her performance career, Deborah has been a devoted teacher and music director for high school musicals, churches and choirs. After a decade of living and performing in Sarasota, FL she and her husband now reside in Golden, CO. She is pleased to return to Sarasota to perform with her colleague.
Monday, March 12, 2018 – Community and Youth Showcase
This mini-concert features guitar ensembles from Booker Middle School, Booker High School, 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.