The internationally known classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff will present a free concert at St. Petersburg’s Unitarian Universalist Church at 100 Mirror Lake Drive on October 8th at 7:00 PM. A goodwill collection to benefit the church will be taken.
The New York Times has described him as “exceptional … a thoughtful, gentlemanly artist, technically fastidious and able to coax a range of sounds from his instrument.” Mr. Mokotoff holds Bachelors’s and Masters’s degrees in guitar performance from Syracuse University and Ithaca College and has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities as a lecturer in classical guitar and lute. He has twice toured the Far East and has concertized extensively in the US since his well-received New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987.
Classical Guitar Magazine (U.K.) has called his playing “truly monumental” as well as “engaging and rhapsodic”. ClassicalGuitarMusic.org has written that his playing shows “a mix of strong tone, pianistic at times, but also capable of beautiful legato phrasing and a natural feel for forward movement.”
Samples of his playing can be found on YouTube: “En los trigales” by Joaquin Rodrigo: https://youtu.be/fphqRo0eAFQ; “Sonata K.1” by Domenico Scarlatti: https://youtu.be/04wrnyqpRAI and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen: https://youtu.be/Fqp-aaoG8Tk.