GuitarSarasota’s Mini-Concert & Lecture Series 2016-2017

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2016-2017 Series includes professional musicians from Sarasota/Bradenton, Miami, Tallahassee, and beyond
• starts at 7:30pm on the second Monday of the month
Crocker Memorial Church in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, Florida – hsosc.com
• free and open to the public, no reservations
• seating is open, available on a first come, first served bases
• 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, January 9, 2017 – Joseph Shields – Classical Guitar
Monday, February 13, 2017 – Kevin Mandeville – classical guitar
Monday, March 13, 2017 – Lyndall Vickers – classical guitar
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Community and Youth Showcase


Monday, January 9, 2017 – Joseph Shields – Classical Guitar
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 nationwide 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.

Monday, February 13, 2017 – Kevin Mandeville – classical guitar
Kevin Manderville is active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and scholar.  He has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, the Hamilton International Guitar Festival, the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, the University of Louisville International Guitar Festival and the New York Guitar Seminar, among others. He has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the fall of 2010 on Clear Note. Kevin Manderville began his classical guitar studies at the age of eighteen with James Chandler. He holds degrees from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson and Florida State University, where he completed the Doctor of Music degree under the tutelage of Bruce Holzman. In addition, he has studied in master classes with some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, and Oscar Ghiglia. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville has taught in many diverse settings from universities to community programs. He currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and is on the faculty at Huntingdon College.

Monday, March 13, 2017 – Lyndall Vickers – classical guitar
Lyndall Vickers started his musical career at a young age. “When I was eight years old my godfather got me a guitar,” he said. “I was like, ‘what am I supposed to do with this?’ But my mom and dad didn’t want it to collect dust so they took me to guitar lessons. I had the same instructor all through elementary school, middle school, and high school until Dr. Robinson.” Lineal Vickers studied classical guitar with Dr. Stephen Robinson, having earned Stetson’s William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and was named Presidential Scholar. The School of Music Faculty named him Outstanding Freshman and Sophomore of the Year for my distinguished artistic and scholastic success. Often performing on and off the Stetson campus with classical, jazz, gospel, and contemporary rock concerts. As a classical soloist and collaborative guitarist, he performed in Stetson’s Lee Chapel, Gillespie Museum, and Hand Art Center. He participated in master classes with renowned guitarists, Benjamin Verdery (Yale University) and Amadeus Duo (international guitar duo). As a jazz guitarist, he was a member of the Stetson Jazz Band, and was the Leader of the Stetson Jazz Combo. “Classic guitar is my platform to connect with other people. I want to advocate, mainly for elementary schools, middle schools, and for fine arts programs and give children the opportunity to explore art. Just having guest art performances for kids can transform their lives–I know it did for me”. “You also don’t see too many African American’s play the guitar. I want to be an example for them,” Vickers added. As his closing statement, Vicker’s said, “I just want to add that being here is both an honor and a blessing, even being in this interview. I’m just enjoying myself. I see this as a blessing and I want to be a blessing to others”.


Monday, April 10, 2017 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.

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