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Special Events


Every First & Third Friday of the Month!


Enjoy a free afternoon concert, every first and third Friday of the month!

Concerts in the Courtyard will feature local artists from all genres including jazz, opera, classical, world music and more. Concerts will take place in the courtyard, weather permitting. Otherwise the concert will take place in the Kiwanis Great Room. Doors open at 11:45am. Earlier entry and seating is not available. Seating is open and available on a first come first served basis. Reservations are not required.

Please no outside food. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Please note, entrance to Concerts in the Courtyard is FREE to attend,
but donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.



Anthony Cutietta

Romantic Guitar

Friday, September 1. 12-1pm.

 Anthony Cutietta's performance will consist of contrasting works of music from Anime film score arrangements to traditional Romantic Spanish Guitar works and Beatles selections. 


A performer and educator, Anthony Cutietta has been an active professional for over 20 years. His repertoire spans many musical eras and includes contemporary works and original compositions. His graduate studies included private lessons and mentoring from Fred Benedtti; a student of Andres Segovia. Anthony has performed in the master classes of David Russell, Paul O'Dette, Jason Vieaux and Gohar Vardanyan among others.  In addition to playing solo classical guitar, Anthony plays lead electric guitar in the band Solar Barges. 


David Borgo & Asher Tobin Chodos

Borgo Chodos Duo

Friday, September 15. 12-1pm.

An intimate performance of improvisations on select themes from David Borgo’s three most recent albums: Suite of Uncommon Sorrows (2021), Cautiously Optimistic (2022), and Pathika (2023)

Saxophonist and composer David Borgo is a Professor in the Department of Music at UC San Diego. He joined the faculty in 2002 and served as the Department Chairperson from 2017-2020. David's book, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age (2005, 2022 rev. ed.), won the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. As a saxophonist, David won the International John Coltrane Competition in 1994. He has concertized extensively, including performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North, Central, and South America. David has released 14 CDs and one DVD of original music. "Borgo has the history of the music down pat... He touches on the past, teases with the future, but mainly speaks in the present tense.” (Frank Rubolino, All About Jazz).

Pianist Asher Tobin Chodos is a former fellow of the Dave Brubeck Institute, where he studied with Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Mark Levine and Joe Gilman. He was named a fellow of the the Asian Cultural Council, served as artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Guild and the UCROSS foundation, and was the recipient of a Fulbright award in Music Composition. In 2019, Tobin earned a Ph.D. in music from UC San Diego, writing the first musicological dissertation about Spotify and automated music recommendation (supported by a “Frontiers of Innovation” grant). In 2020, Tobin was composer-in-residence at the Breckenridge Music Festival. 

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Fred Benedetti

"Music from the Renaissance to the Present Day”

Friday, October 6. 12-1pm.

Fred Benedetti has been playing the guitar since he was nine years old. His biggest influences: His Father, The Beatles, and Andres Segovia.

Fred’s guitar has taken him throughout the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico and he has played locally as a Solo act, Guitar Duo, and Trio with his daughters, and countless musicians in the area including large organizations like the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, amongst them Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.

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


He loves playing all styles of music and often plays on a ukulele, baritone guitar, and a doubleneck guitar. He did get to play for his idol Andres Segovia in 1986 and is looking forward to playing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr one day…

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