International, local talent take the stage at 2020 Spring Music Series

Alachua County Library District Spring Music Series

Southern, Russian, and Swedish singers fill out the program for our second Spring Music Series.
All performances are free and held in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Branch. All community members are welcome to enjoy an afternoon of music with these talented performs, thanks to the generous support of Dawn Realty, SunState Credit Union, and Friends of the Library.


Jose Valentino Ruiz - Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.
Photo of JOse Valentino playing a flute
The 2020 Spring Music Series starts with internationally acclaimed jazz artist José Valentino Ruiz. Ruiz is known for his passionate performances and fluid expression on the flute, saxophone, bass, and Latin percussion. In addition to being a Grammy Award winner, Ruiz leads University of Florida’s Music Business and Entrepreneurship program.

Valentino has produced music for numerous nationally-televised documentaries, a feature film and 30-plus commercials, including McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Swiffer, and ESPN.


Brian Luckett - Sunday, March 22, 2:30 p.m.
Photo of Brian Luckett sitting with a guitarThe series continues with classical guitarist Brian Luckett. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and has been featured on NPR, WABE and Minnesota Public Radio. Luckett teaches classical and flamenco guitar at Jacksonville University.

In addition to performing, Luckett is an occasional composer and has had several original guitar works premiered in Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Atlanta. He has written for solo guitar as well as guitar and flute, guitar and violin, and various guitar ensembles.






Sofia Talvik - Thursday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Photo of singer Sofia Talvik leaning against a wall. Sofia Talvik will perform her original songs, blending Nordic flavor and wistful American folk. Born off the Swedish coast, she is a veteran performer with eight full-length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. One of her albums, titled Florida,  was inspired by few hot summer months spent in Florida in 2009.

Sofia's music has been described as timeless. Her soft, delicate vocals bring to mind the gentle singing of a '70s folk songstress.







Barynya - Sunday, April 26, 2:30 p.m.
Photo of two Russian musicians in traditional dress.The international theme continues when we welcome premier Russian folk ensemble Barynya. Established in New York in 1991, Barynya presents traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, balalaikacontrabass, and the garmoshka. Husband-and-wife duo Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina will perform.








Mike Stone - Sunday, May 3, 2:30 p.m.

Photo of singer Mike Stone leaning against a tree.Our season finale features piano entertainer and America’s Got Talent finalist Mike Stone. Stone’s musical style is reminiscent of yesteryear, yet innovative and vibrant. Stone combines Southern soul, gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues.






Get down with Jose Valentino

2020 Spring Music Series: Jose Valentino