Join noted guitarist Ben Pila in an intimate setting at historic Pinewood Estate. Benjamin Pila is the only classical guitarist ever named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He’s performed extensively throughout the United States and has been a featured artist at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theater.
Pila is a Grand Prize winner of the Pacific Guitar Festival, the Tampa Bay Symphony Concerto Competition, and the University of Southern California Guitar Concerto Competition. He’s also performed the World Premiers of two guitar concerti: Michael Gilbertson’s Concerto for Guitar and Strings (2013) with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Troy Gifford’s Concertino (2003) with the Florida Southern College Orchestra.
Benjamin received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Pila currently lives in Tampa, Florida, teaches guitar at Polk State College, and performs and teaches across the nation.
Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously scheduled performance with Tina Nelson has been cancelled.
February 25, 2018: Dr. Derek Menchan
March 18, 2018: Dr. Jonathan Reed
In partnership with the Lake Wales Arts Council, Bok Tower Gardens offers Music at Pinewood, a classical chamber concert series.