Bodhi Tree Concerts Presents Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda Guitar Duo

Bodhi Tree Concerts Presents Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda Guitar Duo

The award-winning Bodhi Tree Concerts, the San Diego nonprofit that presents eclectic musical concerts that raise funds for local nonprofits, presents the famed guitar duo of Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda in concert at St. James by-the-Sea on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 4 p.m.

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One hundred percent of the profits from this concert will be donated to Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit education organization dedicated to providing musical access for all children and expanding the role of music in public education. Guitars in the Classroom trains, inspires, and equips elementary music educators, general elementary classroom teachers, and special educators as well as school staff to integrate music for literacy and learning throughout the school day. The organization provides ongoing after-school courses, workshops, and artist residencies infuse classrooms with student strumming, singing, and songwriting for learning all subjects. Programs are all free to teachers.

"As parents of a public school child, we see firsthand the lack of arts in our public schools," said Bodhi Tree Concerts co-director Diana DuMelle. "Guitars in the Classroom inspires us with their dedication to bring desperately needed and wanted music into the public schools."

The duo of virtuosic San Diego guitarists Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda have been playing together for more than thirty years. They are known as engaging and entertaining performers whose tunes can stir up emotions in the deepest corners of the soul. Their music ranges from peaceful melancholy to cascades of furious Flamenco rasgueados. They are not only performers, but have also gained recognition as composers and arrangers of music. Their music has won them consistent praise from audiences, musicians and critics alike.

In 1996, Fred and George performed in San Diego's Old Globe production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien, they wrote, arranged and performed the music for this successful play. The duo's compact discs, Scirocco-Desert Wind and Zephyr, on the SBE label, are a fascinating blend of music with Slavic, Latin, Indian, and Middle Eastern influences. Their recent CDs, Flamenco Dreams and Spanish Gardens, are produced by Domo Records in the Flamenco Nouveau style. The duo has been performing regularly in the United States and Mexico and has had successful European tours which included performances in England, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

The 2019 season continues with Enrique Toral & Friends: Back to Broadway Cabaret on May 18; Music en la Calle Free Multicultural Music and Street Food Festival on June 15; Sing-Along Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance on September 22; and the return of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 to the Veterans Museum on November 15-17.

Single tickets to Bodhi Tree Concerts are $25 general admission ($30 for All Is Calm), $15 for students and military. Season subscriptions are available and make a great holiday gift: $80 for four concerts (a $100 value). www.bodhitreeconcerts.org.



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