October 8 at 7:00 PM
The Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg
100 Mirror Lake Drive
This is a FREE concert – a goodwill collection will be taken
The internationally known classical guitarist 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 good will collection to benefit the church will be taken.
The New York Times has described classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff as “exceptional … a thoughtful, gentlemanly artist, technically fastidious and able to coax a range of sounds from his instrument.” Mr. Mokotoff holds Bachelors and Masters 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.
Prior to settling in the Washington, DC area in 1991, Mr. Mokotoff made his home in New England where he was widely recognized as an active guitarist and lutenist. During that period his career culminated with two Far East tours and a well-received New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Solo and ensemble recitals over the past few seasons have centered around the Mid-Atlantic states but include performances in Chicago, Boston, and two performances at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library in New York City. Following the 2020 Covid Pandemic, he began a series of online concerts and eventually in private homes. The 2022-3 season sees him venturing to concert venues in Florida, Delaware, New York, and Michigan.
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.