Kottke performs at SF College on Saturday
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.
Renowned guitarist and sometimes-vocalist Leo Kottke performs in Gainesville this weekend as part of Santa Fe College's Master Artists Series.
The acclaimed virtuoso, known for his distinctive finger-picking style of playing guitar, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the SF College Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St.
Kottke will be the second artist to visit SF College for the Master Artists Series, which Fine Arts chair Alora Haynes said provides students and faculty with access to artists' knowledge while entertaining the greater community.
"It's also a method of professional development for our faculty," she said.
Tickets are already sold out, SF College cultural affairs coordinator Kathryn Lehman said.
Haynes said this is the first show to sell out in the Fine Arts Hall, now in its third year of existence. She said she hopes the show's popularity will bring more awareness about SF College's performance series, particularly student shows.
Because Kottke's performance and interaction with students is an educational opportunity, the event is sponsored in part by a grant through the Santa Fe College Foundation. Kottke will receive $7,500 for his appearance.
The Master Artists Series puts artists face to face with students and is funded through several state and cultural affairs grants, including help from the Florida Council on Arts and culture and Visit Gainesville.
While in Gainesville, Kottke will meet with a group of SF College music students and faculty backstage in the Fine Arts Hall to talk about touring and other aspects of being a professional musician.
During the first workshop of the series, longtime soap opera actress Judith Chapman led a master class with theater students and touched on financial planning, resumes and life choices as a working actor.
"Young, starry-eyed actors need that kind of advice," Lehman said. "She gave them some wonderful, earthy advice on how to live as an actor."
The next workshop and show in the series is with the Joffrey Ballet, planned for February.