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Fred Benedetti will perform at library

Classical guitarist Fred Benedetti will perform live on Dec. 11 in the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center.

Fred Benedetti will perform at library

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back classical guitarist Fred Benedetti on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. in the informal and intimate setting of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center.

He will perform a varied program including Spanish and classical guitar pieces played on a historical guitar built in 1830, various flamenco influenced compositions on a vintage Miguel Rodriguez flamenco guitar, Beatles-influenced songs on ukulele, and many original compositions.

Benedetti began studies of classical guitar at the age of 16 and by age 26 was one of 12 guitarists worldwide to perform in one of the last masterclasses of Maestro Andres Segovia. He has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico, and locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.

Benedetti is also very active playing and recording jazz and popular music. He has been an opening act for Art Garfunkel, Michael Franks, Basia, and Ottmar Liebert, and is featured on more than 150 recordings.

Benedetti is an emeritus professor of music at Grossmont College where he was the head of the guitar studies program for 38 years. He has performed for dignitaries such as the King and Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ravi Shankar.

There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library with generous support from Sharon and Garry Hays, although donations are appreciated.

Masks will be required for all audience members regardless of immunization status.

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center is located at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive near Miramar Lake. Overflow parking is available on Meanley Drive off Scripps Ranch Blvd.

Visit www.srfol.org or call (858) 538-8158 for information.