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September 22, 2021


Gaineswood to host “Afternoon of Guitar” featuring Giovanni De Chiaro


(Demopolis, AL) Gaineswood, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host an “Afternoon of Guitar” featuring classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro on Sunday, October 10, at 2:30 p.m. The event will be held outdoors on the grounds at Gaineswood.


The American classical guitarist Giovanni De Chiaro made his debut in 1976 in a Carnegie Hall performance that launched a career of distinction. He has presented seven solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and more recently performed there with the Mississippi Guitar Quartet, an ensemble he established. He has concertized throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Mexico and has performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome. He also was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton for two special Christmas functions at the White House. More information is available at

Fifty chairs for the concert on the lawn will be provided, and guests also are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets. Refreshments will be made available. Mr. De Chiaro will play selections from Scott Joplin and Leonard Bernstein. The event is free to the public, although donations in support of the continued preservation of the historic site are appreciated. The site is operated by Friends of Gaineswood.

Gaineswood is located at 805 South Cedar Avenue, Demopolis, Alabama 36732.


Gaineswood is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission. To learn more about Gaineswood or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit


About Gaineswood

Gaineswood, a National Historic Landmark, was constructed over an 18-year period (1843-1861). Owner and architect Nathan Bryan Whitfield produced a series of elaborate interior suites with domed ceilings. He adopted many details from popular architectural pattern books by Minard Lafever and others.


About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit  



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