FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 AT 7:30PM

VIDA GUITAR QUARTET

Visual Artist: Maiya Elaine

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

2023 Juried Art Show Winner, Elena Øhlander

THE ARTISTS

VIDA Guitar Quartet

Mark Ashford, guitar
Amanda Cook, guitar
Mark Eden, guitar
Christopher Stell, guitar

Founded in 2007, the VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four of the UK’s most exceptional guitarists: Christopher Stell, Mark Eden (the renowned Eden Stell Duo), Amanda Cook, and Mark Ashford. The VIDA Guitar Quartet has appeared on some of North America’s and Europe’s most prestigious stages for classical guitar, including, in the USA, the 2015 Guitar Federation of America (GFA) Annual Conference, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Cornell University Concert Series, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Washington DC’s Dumbarton Concerts, the Winter Park (FL) Bach Festival, University of New Orleans, the Long Island Guitar Festival and the Allegro Guitar Series in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Las Vegas. In the UK they have appeared at London’s Purcell Room and Kingʼs Place, The Sage (Gateshead), Turner Sims (Southampton), and St Georgeʼs (Bristol). 2015-16 tours brought VIDA to over 20 U.S. cities.

Renowned as educators and for their innovative outreach, VIDA is closely involved with the world’s largest youth guitar education program (200+ students each summer) in the UK, and were Artists-in-Residence at Cal State University Monterey Bay’s Summer Arts program in 2012.

They have given masterclasses, workshops, school concerts, and other outreach activities in connection with nearly every public concert they have performed, and have multi-day residencies coming up in Tallahassee, FL and Hobbs, NM, among other U.S. cities and towns.

Following on from their acclaimed début CD, “Love, the Magician,” VIDA released their second CD, “Rhapsody,” in 2013, featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. Their latest CD, released in 2015, is “The Leaves be Green,” with works by British composers including Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and more.

Christopher Stell, Mark Eden and Mark Ashford play guitars made by Christopher Dean. Amanda Cook’s guitar was made by Bert Kwakkel. VIDA are D’Addario Strings classical artists.

Lisa Sapinkopf
Lisa Sapinkopf Artists

9 Commodore Drive, Suite 309
Emeryville, CA, USA 94608
Phone: 1-510-428-1533
Toll-Free: 800-923-1973
LSapinkopf@aol.com

Christine Alfano

Praised for her “enticing strength and marvelous vocal character” (Arts Knoxville), Christine Alfano’s powerful and sparkling voice has charmed audiences at home and abroad. Often described as possessing an “important” and “luscious” Verdian instrument by top coaches and conductors, her voice is particularly at home in the music of the bel canto, romantic and veristic periods. 

She has performed in concerts, outreach events, and operas with organizations including Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera, Florida State Opera, Tennessee Opera Theatre, Vienna Summer Music Festival, Gulfshore Opera, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival and Brancaleoni International Music Festival. 

This December, Christine appeared as a featured soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier this season, she tackled the title role of Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Bold City Opera and appeared as a guest soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with The Bolles School.  Highlights of recent seasons include a role debut as Rosalinde in Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus and Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, both with Tennessee Opera Theatre.

Christine has been engaged in several world premieres, most notably Marble City Opera’s production of Pesci’s Royal Flush. Other recent new-music credits include Psychiatrist in A Severed Chord (Palm Beach, Florida) and Ms. Dara in An Embarrassing Position (Knoxville, Tennessee).  International credits include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with both the Brancaleoni International Music Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival; she was a featured soloist at the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Austria, where she performed arias and duets from Bellini’s Norma and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 

Christine is an alum of both the Knoxville Opera Studio and the Palm Beach Opera Studio; she received her formal training at Florida State University (’19) and The University of Tennessee (’22).

SIGNATURE CONCERT SPONSOR

HUD & ROLLY BERREY

CHRISTINE ALFANO

FEATURED VOCALIST

MAIYA ELAINE

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 6:45PM

Juried Art Show Winner
Elena Øhlander

FRIDAY, FEB. 2 AT 7:30PM

VIDA GUITAR QUARTET

Featured Vocalist Christine Alfano

Visual Artist
Maiya Elaine

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

SIGNATURE CONCERT

SPONSOR

HUD & ROLLY BERREY

VIDA GUITAR QUARTET

 

Mark Ashford, guitar
Amanda Cook, guitar
Mark Eden, guitar
Christopher Stell, guitar

Founded in 2007, the VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four of the UK’s most exceptional guitarists: Christopher Stell, Mark Eden (the renowned Eden Stell Duo), Amanda Cook, and Mark Ashford. The VIDA Guitar Quartet has appeared on some of North America’s and Europe’s most prestigious stages for classical guitar, including, in the USA, the 2015 Guitar Federation of America (GFA) Annual Conference, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Cornell University Concert Series, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Washington DC’s Dumbarton Concerts, the Winter Park (FL) Bach Festival, University of New Orleans, the Long Island Guitar Festival and the Allegro Guitar Series in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Las Vegas. In the UK they have appeared at London’s Purcell Room and Kingʼs Place, The Sage (Gateshead), Turner Sims (Southampton), and St Georgeʼs (Bristol). 2015-16 tours brought VIDA to over 20 U.S. cities.

Renowned as educators and for their innovative outreach, VIDA is closely involved with the world’s largest youth guitar education program (200+ students each summer) in the UK, and were Artists-in-Residence at Cal State University Monterey Bay’s Summer Arts program in 2012.

They have given masterclasses, workshops, school concerts, and other outreach activities in connection with nearly every public concert they have performed, and have multi-day residencies coming up in Tallahassee, FL and Hobbs, NM, among other U.S. cities and towns.

Following on from their acclaimed début CD, “Love, the Magician,” VIDA released their second CD, “Rhapsody,” in 2013, featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. Their latest CD, released in 2015, is “The Leaves be Green,” with works by British composers including Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and more.

Christopher Stell, Mark Eden and Mark Ashford play guitars made by Christopher Dean. Amanda Cook’s guitar was made by Bert Kwakkel. VIDA are D’Addario Strings classical artists.

Lisa Sapinkopf
Lisa Sapinkopf Artists

9 Commodore Drive, Suite 309
Emeryville, CA, USA 94608
Phone: 1-510-428-1533
Toll-Free: 800-923-1973
LSapinkopf@aol.com

CHRISTINE ALFANO

FEATURED VOCALIST

 

Christine Alfano

Praised for her “enticing strength and marvelous vocal character” (Arts Knoxville), Christine Alfano’s powerful and sparkling voice has charmed audiences at home and abroad. Often described as possessing an “important” and “luscious” Verdian instrument by top coaches and conductors, her voice is particularly at home in the music of the bel canto, romantic and veristic periods. 

She has performed in concerts, outreach events, and operas with organizations including Knoxville Opera, Marble City Opera, Florida State Opera, Tennessee Opera Theatre, Vienna Summer Music Festival, Gulfshore Opera, Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival and Brancaleoni International Music Festival. 

This December, Christine appeared as a featured soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel in Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier this season, she tackled the title role of Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Bold City Opera and appeared as a guest soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with The Bolles School.  Highlights of recent seasons include a role debut as Rosalinde in Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus and Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, both with Tennessee Opera Theatre.

Christine has been engaged in several world premieres, most notably Marble City Opera’s production of Pesci’s Royal Flush. Other recent new-music credits include Psychiatrist in A Severed Chord (Palm Beach, Florida) and Ms. Dara in An Embarrassing Position (Knoxville, Tennessee).  International credits include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with both the Brancaleoni International Music Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival; she was a featured soloist at the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Austria, where she performed arias and duets from Bellini’s Norma and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. 

Christine is an alum of both the Knoxville Opera Studio and the Palm Beach Opera Studio; she received her formal training at Florida State University (’19) and The University of Tennessee (’22).

MAIYA ELAINE

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 6:45PM