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Guitar Series

Throughout the academic year, the VCU Guitar Series presents outstanding classical and flamenco guitarists in concerts and master classes.

Guest artists featured in this series are widely recognized throughout the U.S. and around the world. Past performers have included British guitarist Simon Dinnigan, flamenco guitarists Paco de Malaga and Richard Marlow, the Alexandria Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser, Larry Snitzler, Dennis Koster, Lily Afshar, the Lafayette Trio, and Italian guitarists Lorenzo Micheli and Aldo Minella.

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2015-2016 VCU Guitar Series

 


John Bullard, classical banjo (Sunday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

John Bullard has attracted international attention for his work in developing and transcribing classical repertoire for the five-string banjo. His critically acclaimed CD releases include John Bullard – The Classical Banjo on the Dargason label and Bach on the Banjo on Albany Records.

In 2005, he became the first classical banjoist to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Graduating magna cum laude, John was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the prestigious national music honor society.

Music from John’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film “The Rise of the Guardians” and the award-winning “The Edge of Heaven.” John’s classical banjo playing was highlighted in the June 2005 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. He has published two books with Mel Bay Publications, Bach for the Banjo and Scales and Arpeggios for Classical Banjo. John is also included in Mel Bay Publication’s popular book and CD collection “Banjo 2000” featuring works by the world’s finest banjoists. John’s virtuoso playing was the focus of a cover story and interview in the May 1993 issue of The Banjo Newsletter. John was on the faculty of the world-renowned Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka. John is currently teaching banjo as an Adjunct Professor at Cairn University near Philadelphia.

He has performed throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. In addition to his classical music, John’s involvement with Bluegrass music has included work with New Appalachian Express, Virginia Rail, The Virginia Bluegrass Band, and many others. He is currently performing with the bluegrass band Heritage.

The program will feature material from Bullard’s new recording project entitled “Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art” and will include works by Handel, Marcello and Schumann.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students.


Flamenco Festival: guitarist Miguelito with dancers, singer (Nov. 6, 4 p.m.)

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Michael “Miguelito” Pérez originally studied classical guitar at California State University, Fullerton but stumbled upon flamenco at a party in his senior year. Upon graduation, he was offered a job accompanying flamenco classes at the George Washington University. Being that flamenco dance accompanists are very rare, he eventually found himself playing for every flamenco dance company in the Washington D.C. area. Currently Miguelito performs five nights a week in various venues in the metropolitan area. He is considered one of the premier flamenco guitarists in the United States, whose “nimble picking alternates between propulsive rhythms and delicate melodies.” He is also well known for his website DCFlamenco.com that keeps the D.C. area up-to-date on the local flamenco scene.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students.