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


The Brazilian Guitar, featuring Richard Miller & guest artists

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

Richard Miller was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to an American father and Brazilian mother, where he began to play guitar and surf at an early age. He is very active as a performer in New York City and abroad, regularly touring with his Brazilian group “Choro da Manhã,” as a soloist, and with the Ukrainian group “Gerdan.” Recent credits include New York jazz clubs such as Iridium, BB Kings, and DROM; the Pearl Theater in the NYMF production of Mapmaker’s Opera; lectures, workshops and concerts at universities such as Texas Southern University, University of Florida, College of Charleston, James Madison University, UPenn, NYU, Middlebury College, among many others; a White House performance for President Obama, and a special performance for Pope Francis this fall in Washington, D.C.

Richard earned a PhD. in music theory from Catholic University of America and a Masters in guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music. He currently teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia University, and guitar as a Teaching Artist for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance in New York City. Lambert Academic Publishing recently published his dissertation, “The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro.”

Joining Richard for the concert will be bass player Itaiguara Brandão and a pandeiro player TBA.

Tickets: $15 for general admission, $10 for VCU students (available at the box office)

Sam Dorsey, classical guitar

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

Sam Dorsey is Professor of Music and the Graduate Coordinator at Norfolk State University. He has studied guitar with Jesús Silva, Michael Lorimer and has attended Master Classes with Andrés Segovia. As President of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society he has been a moving force in bringing to the Tidewater area artists of international acclaim. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, and the Virginia Beach Symphony. He is the founder of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra. As a solo artist he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Mr. Dorsey has been heard in recital in the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Cento Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 VCU students (available at the box office)

VCU Guitar Alumni Concert

Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

This concert will feature several of the outstanding graduates of the VCU Guitar Program. The program will include works for solo guitar as well as ensemble selections.

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for VCU students (available at box office)