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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thomas Koch, President of GuitarSarasota Dear GuitarSarasota Members and Friends,   

I hope you all had a relaxing summer and that you are ready for an exciting GuitarSarasota Season.

We have some big announcements to share with you all:
* We are pleased to announce that GuitarSarasota has partnered with the Historical Society of Sarasota County (HSOSC) for our Mini-Concert & Lecture Series which will now be held at the Crocker Memorial Church in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota.

* Our partnership with the HSOSC also includes joining forces for the #GivingChallenge16 fundraising event on September 20-21 from noon to noon organized by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

* Of course, you can donate throughout the 24-hour #GivingChallenge16, but we are hosting a Ring the Bell Party specifically for our supporters, donors, members, volunteers, and the community on Sep 20 from 4-7pm at the Crocker Memorial Church (details below).

* Because of your generous donations to GuitarSarasota, during last year's #GivingChallenge15, we are able to introduce classical guitar legend, Manuel Barreuco to Sarasota. This will be his first visit to Sarasota! Many of you have been waiting 11 years for this, and we are thrilled to let you know that last year's successful #GivingChallenge15 has allowed GuitarSarasota to finally make this dream a reality. Manuel Barrueco performs for GuitarSarasota audiences on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (this is not an April Fools joke, it is really happening)! Season tickets are on sale November 5-December 17, 2016 at  
Hope to see you all soon at our first #GivingChallenge16 event, and don't forget to Ring the Bell! 

Thomas Koch, President , GuitarSarasota   
_GivingChallenge16 _ Ring the Bell Party for GuitarSarasota and the Historical Society of Sarasota County September 20 from 4-7pm at the Crocker Memorial Church _1901_ in Pioneer Park_ 1260 12th Street for  GuitarSarasota and Historical Society of Sarasota supporters_ sponsors_ board members_ volunteers_ friends_ attendees_ and donors

Join us for GuitarSarasota and the Historical Society of Sarasota County's first #Giving Challenge16
Ring the Bell Party!

  • Tuesday, September 20 from 4-7pm
  • Crocker Memorial Church and the Bidwell-Wood House, 1260 12th Street in Sarasota's Pioneer Park
  • tour the Crocker Memorial Church (1901) and the Bidwell-Wood House (1882)
  • enjoy live classical guitar music by Thomas Koch
  • dance to live music by Sal Garcia, founder/leader of OMNI
  • complimentary refreshments and light bites
  • ambassadors assist attendees in donating online, in "real-time", to the #Giving Challenge16
  • donations are generously matched by The Patterson Foundation, specifically, new donors contributions are matched 2:1, and returning donors contributions are matched 1:1, from $25 up to $100
  •  historical Liberty-Style bell on display
  •  donors are invited to #BeTheOne and Ring The Bell to celebrate their participation in supporting these two non-profit organizations

_GivingChallenge16 _ Ring the Bell Party for GuitarSarasota and the Historical Society of Sarasota County September 20 from 4-7pm at the Crocker Memorial Church _1901_ in Pioneer Park_ 1260 12th Street for  GuitarSarasota and Historical Society of Sarasota supporters_ sponsors_ board members_ volunteers_ friends_ attendees_ and donors  

More about Ring the Bell Party and #GivingChallenge16  
Mini-Concert & Lecture Series NEW Location 
Monday, November 14 at 7:30pm 
Trio VoilĂ   featuring Jane Hoffman: flute, Thomas Koch: classical guitar, and Laura Jensen-Jennings: viola
State College of Florida_ Manatee-Sarasota _SCF_ welcomes Trio Voila to perform a variety of musical selections at 8 p.m. Tuesday_ April 12_ in Neel Performing Arts Center_ SCF Bradenton_ 5840 26th St. W.   Trio Voila features Jane Hoffman on flute_ Thomas Koch on guitar and Laura Jensen-Jennings on viola. The trio will perform music from the 19th and 20th centuries along with contemporary compositions. Offering a unique musical experience_ this combination of instruments produces sounds that cannot be created by traditional wind and string ensembles.        
NEW Location - Crocker Memorial Church in Pioneer Park,
1260 12th Street, Sarasota 34236
Cost - Free and Open to the Public - seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations needed
Concert starts at 7:30pm

Hoffman is a former faculty member at Humboldt State University in California and fellow in the Sarasota Music Festival. Koch is founding president of GuitarSarasota, teaches music at SCF, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Booker High School, and has performed as a soloist with many Southwest Florida orchestras. Jensen-Jennings is principal second violinist with the Florida West Coast Symphony.

More about Trio VoilĂ 
GuitarSarasota Membership - Starts at $20

We have simplified our membership.

A $20 Friend membership entitles you to
purchase discounted tickets for your family and all your friends.

A $100 Supporter membership offers the same benefits as a Friend plus your name orcompany mentioned in all the concert programs.

A Benefactor membership starts at $500 with
all the above mentioned benefits, plus your company logo
in the programs, a link on our Web site, and in our newsletters.
Thank You  
We thank you for your support which allows us to bring the world of the classical guitar to Sarasota through our International Classical Guitar Concert Series. It also funds our free community outreach through GuitarSarasota's Mini-Concert & Lecture Series at the Historical Society of Sarasota County and allows us to present outstanding local, regional, and international musicians.
Issue: 46       
2017 International
Classical GuitarSeason

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota 34232

Mar 18, 2017
Duo KM - Germany/Chile  
Duo KM_ Klingeberg _ Montes classical guitarists from Germany and Chile_ perform for GuitarSarasota_s International Classical Guitar Series on Saturday_ March 18_ 2017_ at 7_30pm_at_Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota_ 3975 Fruitville Road_ Sarasota_ Florida 34232
GuitarSarasota's Sponsors

Bill Boyette, CPA in Sarasota, Florida, sponsor of GuitarSarasota

GuitarSarasota's wonderful sponsor J. Crayton Pruitt Family Foundation in Florida

Sol Schwartz & Elayne Bernstein Fund, for GuitarSarasota in Sarasota, Florida

UMR Foundation The Ruskin Family supporting GuitarSarasota in Sarasota, Florida, Classical Guitar Society

WUSF Public Media sponsor of GuitarSarasota, Classical Guitar Series in Sarasota, Florida

GuitarSarasota's Community Partner

Located in Pioneer Park_ the HSOSC is the new location for GuitarSarasota_s six Mini-Concert _ Lecture Series in The Crocker Memorial Church _1901__ on the second Monday of each month_ November 2016 through April 2017. The Mini-Concert series is GuitarSarasota_s popular _free and open to the public_ community outreach program supported by GuitarSarasota_s successful International Classical Guitar Series_ sponsors_ and donors.

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