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Ben is an active performing classical guitarist, providing music for a wide variety of occasions including weddings, art gallery openings, corporate events and fundraisers. His vast repertoire includes light classical and romantic music, older pop and rock songs, Bach suites, and much more. Ben is currently a masters student at Florida State University studying Classical Guitar Performance with Bruce Holzman.
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Ben is a phenomenal professional guitar player. From our first contact he put us at ease about our 110-person event overlooking the FSU stadium. The music was perfect. Elegant yet not so overpowering as to drown out conversation.
Ben provided wedding reception music that set a nice mood for guests to enjoy outdoor dining and conversation. He was on time, was an excellent musician and played the entire time agreed upon. Very happy we found him!
Ben was very responsive and attentive to all of my concerns. This was our first time hiring a solo artist. He worked well with our group and was very professional. Ben is a very talented artist and his playing made our event a night to remember.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
Performs a wide style ranges from classical, Spanish/flamenco, jazz, and pop for any and all events.
Guitarist, educator, and entrepreneur Dr. Ben Lougheed has been described as “an emerging force in the classical guitar world” due to his solo performances and lectures around the country, his selection as the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, and his founding of the Florida Guitar Festival. Ben has also been praised for his “beautiful” and “extremely precise” playing, which has been featured on several radio and television programs.
Always the teacher, Ben makes sure to include an educational dimension in his concerts around the country, which include recent engagements at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI and the Dale Mabry Guitar Series in Tampa, FL. Additionally, he has organized dozens of performances in diverse venues including churches, hospitals, public schools, and restaurants to share the music of the guitar with as many people as possible.
Ben decided to produce his own album, and successfully released his debut recording, Baroque Legacies, in August of 2019. The CD features arrangements of works by three great Baroque composers alongside more modern pieces written for the guitar that were influenced by these brilliant musicians. It has been hailed as “an inspiration,” “perfectly performed,” “technically superb” and “emotionally delicious from start to finish.”
Additional Booking Notes
AKG C 535 EB Stage Microphone
Portable music stand
Past Booked Events
|January 18, 2020 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Birthday Party|
|January 18, 2020 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|April 13, 2019 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Festival|
|November 03, 2018 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|May 31, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
• Recuerdos del Alhambra by Tarrega
• Cavatina from The Deer Hunter by Myers
• Sevillana by Torroba
• Assortment of movements from Lute Suites by J.S. Bach
• Winter, Second Movement and Spring, First Movement from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
• Various Beatles tunes including: Yesterday, Hello/Goodbye, Here Comes the Sun, Penny Lane, While My Guitar Gently Weeps
• Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach
• Pavane by Faur
• Capricho Arabe by Tarrega
Popular Selections for Weddings
• Pachelbel’s Canon
• Air on the G String by Bach
• Bridal Chorus by Wagner
• Minuet from the String Quartet by Boccherini
• Prince of Denmark’s March by Clarke
• Wedding March by Mendelssohn
Influences & Inspiration
Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, John Williams, The Beatles, Rodrigo y Gabriela
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