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Guitar Concerts & Events

Every year, the Department of Music, the VCU Guitar Series and the Guitar and Other Strings Series sponsor and host a series of concerts, master classes and other events, both on campus and around Richmond. These events bring nationally and internationally acclaimed guitarists that represent all styles of music, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, classical and flamenco. Past performers include William Kanengiser, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Dennis Koster, Lily Afshar, Larry Snitzler, David Russell, Simon Dinnigan, the Washington Guitar Quintet with Charlie Byrd, blues guitarist John Jackson, flamenco guitarist Paco de Malaga and Leo Kottke.


East of Monroe featuring Jackie Frost (July 6)

Friday, July 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2018 Guitar and Other Strings Series

East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland. Their music is mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers of diverse songs. The band members all have
different influences and backgrounds and that accounts for the many different styles of music the group plays. It all comes together in a unique, entertaining way- and with their new release, By the River’s Edge, they will surely become a force on the acoustic scene. Jackie Frost (guitar, vocals) is a member of the group and a long-standing favorite in the Richmond music scene.

“Deep experience, solid instrumentalists and tight vocal harmonies along with fresh, original songwriting combine to offer a brand new and unique sound on the American acoustic music scene.”

www.eastofmonroe.com/band

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
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Stephen Bennett, harp guitar (July 13)

Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2018 Guitar and Other Strings Series

Stephen Bennett is an extraordinary musician, an acknowledged master of the harp guitar, a challenging teacher, a gifted composer, and a performer of astounding sensitivity. The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association referred to him as “the Jedi Master of Fingerstyle Guitar”… Stephen has traveled the world and performed with the best. From California to Maine, Texas to Tennessee, as well as around Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, Stephen has played all sorts of venues and events. He has released 24 recordings of music, along with DVDs, books and other instructional materials – and he’s always working on something new! None other than Tommy Emmanuel, arguably the most well-known solo guitarist in the world today, includes one of Stephen’s recordings (Ten) in his list of 10 Essential Acoustic Guitar Albums. The testimony of those who hear Stephen is that his work is the product of both mind and heart, intellectually challenging and emotionally satisfying – – and it is deeply personal, even as it is universal. Listeners have a feeling that they have stepped into the world of the musician, and for a short moment in time, there are only the two of them there. Says one reviewer: “With his ear near the body of the harp guitar, Mr. Bennett gave the impression of a father cradling a newborn baby . . . His performance was imbued with heart and grace.”

“Bennett engages his audiences with an entertaining show of first-rate musicianship.”

www.harpguitar.com

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
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Quatro na Bossa (July 20)

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2018 Guitar and Other Strings Series

Kevin Harding and Laura Ann Singh formed Quatro na Bossa in 2003. Drawing from Brazilian composers and performers, Quatro na Bossa’s repertoire includes familiar classics, rare or forgotten pieces, and some original material. Quatro na Bossa has performed for private functions, film and cultural festivals, clubs and restaurants. Laura Ann Singh fronts the band as vocalist with guitarist Kevin Harding, bassist Rusty Farmer, and percussionist Scott Clark. QNB has performed regularly around central Virginia and play frequently at the Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York. In 2008 they released Summer Samba on Venus Records. Quatro na Bossa’s innovative arrangements and unique style result in music that is fresh and engaging while remaining authentically Brazilian. QNB offers infectious Brazilian popular and folkloric music. This talented group invites you to enjoy and explore the music of Brazil as they pay tribute to some of their favorite artists.

“…they add the rich and satisfying flavor of Brazil to the Richmond music scene.”

www.quatronabossa.com

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
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The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble (July 22)

Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
2018 Guitar and Other Strings Series

The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble consists of 25 talented classical guitarists from Central Virginia. Established in 1986 by John Patykula, this ensemble has performed as part of the Richmond International Music Festival and Richmond’s Big Gig summer festival. It is the resident ensemble for VCU’s Guitar and Other Strings Series. The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble has been featured on local television and on WCVE-FM’s An Hour with the Guitar. Special guests include soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, classical banjoist John Bullard, and the Robinson Guitar Duo.

Free Admission