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Guitar & Other Strings Series

The Guitar and Other Strings Series, held every July, features all styles of music — jazz, bluegrass, folk, Celtic, flamenco, classical and blues.

Begun in 1992, the series has presented nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in concerts and workshops. Artists who have performed on this series include Leo Kottke, Mark O’Connor, John Hartford, John Jackson, the Washington Guitar Quintet, Charlie Byrd, the Tony Rice Unit, the Del McCoury Band, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Pierre Bensusan and Stephen Bennett. The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble also performs annually on this series.


Al Petteway and Amy White (Fri., July 8, 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
“Al and Amy enrapture audiences with elegant musicianship. Their rich melodies and intricately textured arrangements evoke magic and mystery.” Garth Ross, KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al Petteway and Amy White offer an intoxicating blend of musical styles. Their repertoire includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to rock and jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, lap dulcimer, world percussion, and a touch of vocals.

Tickets: $15

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.


Among Friends (July 15, 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Among Friends, with George Turman, Billy Lux, Chris Fuller, Jackie Frost, Libby Dunton, Sheryl Warner, Richard Ward, Danny Hughes, Frank Coleman, Spencer Hughes, and Tim Timberlake.

Among Friends is an aggregation of some of the finest acoustic musicians in Central Virginia.  Led by George Turman, they have been putting on warm and engaging acoustic-based concerts annually since 1998.  The musical styles they perform range from singer-songwriter and traditional folk music, to bluegrass, to blues, and beyond.  As the name implies, the members are longtime friends.  This special relationship infuses the music with a genuine warmth and positive energy that is shared with the audience, and reflected back to the performers.  Expect great music and a positive, meaningful evening.

Tickets: $15

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.


Quatro na Bossa (July 22, 7:30 p.m.)

Friday, July 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

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 Andy Brockmann on percussion. They perform 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 to those who may never have heard it and to beat back saudades for those who have.

Tickets: $15

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.


The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble (July 24, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

The VCU Community Guitar Ensemble 25-member guitar orchestra with guest artists. Directed by John Patykula. 30th anniversary concert.

 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.

Free admission

Parking is available in the West Broad Street garage, three blocks from the Singleton Center.