International Music With Mandolin and Guitar (In-Person)

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Come and enjoy a musical journey through many countries with Judy Handler & Mark Levesque. They perform their own inspiring arrangements on guitars and mandolin and will include music from the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Brazil, Latin America and more! Audiences respond with enthusiasm to their extraordinary sound, amusing anecdotes and the joyful spirit of their music.

Husband and wife duo, Handler & Levesque, have performed over 2,500 concerts together over the past 25 years throughout the United States & Europe. They create unique programs of guitar duets and music for guitar & mandolin. Their friendly and entertaining way of chatting with audiences, immediately makes a personal and authentic connection.

Recent venues include:

  • Performances in England, Portugal & Spain, Eurofest in Bruchsal, Germany, The English Church in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • The Classical Mandolin Society of America’s Convention in Portland, OR
  • The Caramoor Center for Music & Arts, NY
  • The New Britain Museum of American Art, CT
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
  • The Jewish Museum, NY
  • Autorino Hall at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford
  • Troy Music Hall, NY
  • White Plains Public Library, NY
  • New Rochelle Public Library, NY
  • Nashua Public Library, NH
  • Greenwich Library, CT
  • Second Saturday Coffeehouse in Chicago, IL
  • The Connecticut Guitar Society
  • First Night Westport, CT
  • University of Connecticut
  • Music Mountain, CT

Judy & Mark are on the roster of Cantaloupe Music Productions in Manhattan, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Connecticut Library Consortium.

Their enchanting CDs, Passion, Acoustic Blend & Two Guitars Live! have received critical acclaim and have been sold in dozens of countries throughout the world.  All three CDs have been used by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as gifts to 1,000’s of donors to their United Arts Campaign.  In 2019 they released a delightful holiday recording, Joy to the World featuring their original and creative arrangements for classical guitar & mandolin. Judy & Mark have been featured on numerous compilation CDs with other artists and many radio & cable T.V. programs.

Judy & Mark are founding members of the New American Mandolin Ensemble which formed in 2013, has performed internationally and released a CD in 2017. 

Judy is Co-Founder of the Connecticut Guitar Society.  In 2021 she recorded the audio for Hal Leonard’s publication of Charles Duncan’s A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar Book 3, 2nd Edition. Mark was the audio engineer for the project.

They run a teaching studio for private lessons and groups in Vernon, CT as well as a recording studio for guitarists. for videos, CD sound samples and more information.

This program is made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, West Hartford Library Foundation.