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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.


Jackie Frost with the Jackie Frost Band and Wild Honey

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets, $15

The Jackie Frost Band brings together musicians from a wide range of influences, including folk/country, Delta & Chicago blues, classical rock and jazz. Jackie Frost, an established Richmond musician with roots in American folk and bluegrass, collaborates with multi-faceted bassist Rusty Farmer, jazz and blues guitarist John Conley and drummer/percussionist Aaron Thompson. Their repertoire includes favorites from Hank Williams, The Beatles, Everly Brothers and countless others.

Eclectic music influences–country, pop, bluegrass, and even a dash of Hawaiian–make Wild Honey a creative music group to remember. Doug Hepler and Joe Scott are members of this unique band. Wild Honey’s repertoire includes favorites from Hank Williams, The Beatles, Everly Brothers and countless more.
Join us for an evening of what is best described as “American Music.”

 


Celtic Explorations

Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall

W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy a musical tour of the Celtic lands! Featuring Maggie Sansone, hammered dulcimer, Andrea Hoag, fiddle, and Sharon Knowles, Celtic harp, this program will present a lively program with jigs and reels from Ireland and Scotland and a sidestep to the Shetland Isles, Wales and Northumberland.

Maggie’s music was praised by the Washington Post, which called it “a transporting experience for many listeners, especially those who are quick to fall under the spell of an ancient Celtic melody. Indeed, this magical history tour is an enchanting journey through time.”

Tickets, $15 


Quatro na Bossa

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy an evening of Brazilian bossa nova and samba!

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. This group offers infectious Brazilian popular and folkloric music to those who may have ever heard it and to beat back saudades for those who have.

Tickets, $15


VCU Community Guitar Ensemble

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

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 to 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