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Sharon Isbin Receives CAG Award

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, June 6, 2013
Sharon Isbin receives CAG Award, Public Television Concert, Rave review in DC, TM Magazine profile, & Documentary debut; Juilliard students on NPR’s From the Top & WQXR

Concert Artists Guild honors Sharon Isbin this month with their prestigious Virtuoso Award. Past Winners include Ned Rorem, Paquito D'Rivera, and Eugenia Zuckerman. On June 25, a one-hour documentary on Sharon Isbin produced by Susan Dangel will receive its world premiere at the GFA convention in Louisville. For future updates re screenings and television broadcasts of the documentary, sign up for newsletter notices at http://sharonisbin.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

Public Television’s broadcast of Sharon Isbin’s live solo concert at the Portland Festival is now viewable in HD! Click here to watch the one-hour program:

http://bit.ly/UJ1ZsZ

The Washington Post gave Isbin a rave review of her recent solo recital in DC:

http://wapo.st/XSS3g4

Following her performances this season with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: ‘Sharon Isbin is nearly a legend in the guitar scene. She created such a refined sound & elegant expression…As a guest of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO) in the Tonhalle, she played with exquisite colors & poetry, the guitaristic effects & dynamic layers were gorgeous.’

She was recently profiled in The Transcendental Meditation Magazine:

http://issue7.tmmagazine.org/monet-of-classical-guitar.html

and has been featured on the cover of over 45 magazines, including Gramophone and Fanfare:

http://www.sharonisbin.com/presscovers.html

Sharon is also dedicated to mentoring the next generation. Hear her remarkable Juilliard students featured in a broadcast this month on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase from their live concert at Juilliard:

http://www.wqxr.org/#!/programs/youngartists/2013/jun/05/

Included is 18yr-old sophomore Bokyung Byun who recently appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated program "From the Top” – hear her performance at 11:50 in the NPR audio file:

http://www.fromthetop.org/content/show-270-athens-georgia

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US Youth Classical Guitar Scholarship Deadline June 21

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, May 31, 2013

Deadline is June 21st, for the full all inclusive US Youth Classical Guitar Scholarship offered by the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF)a Montana based non-profit organization now in its fourth yearfor individuals 16 – 18 years old. We invite you to visit our website www.cocguitarfoundation.orgfor details of this year's weeklong workshop and festival August 25 – September 1, 2013. The scholarship includes: full tuition, travel, room and board at the 4 Star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana (including all lodge amenities), daily instruction with Scott Tennant and Andrew Leonard, participation in Artist in Residence sessions, jams, ensemble work, festival attendance and participation in all other workshop and festival activities.

The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is June 21, 2013. For complete details and for the scholarship application please click on this link: http://bit.ly/10tgC0b

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Michael Kudirka Joins Faculty at UNCSA

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, May 19, 2013
Guitarist Michael Kudirka will be joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as an Artist/Teacher of Guitar. UNCSA, part of the University of North Carolina system, contains a 4-year boarding arts high school, bachelors, masters, and performance certificate programs. Located in Winston-Salem, NC, the school houses departments of Dance, Design & Production, Drama, Filmmaking, Music, and Visual Arts. UNCSA has a thriving guitar program with two studios, each with 12 students.

Kudirka will be moving to UNCSA after teaching full-time at the Interlochen Arts Academy for two years. During those two years, he brought about a significant increase in applications and enrollment to the guitar program, hosted a variety of guest artists such as William Kanengiser, Duo Amaral (Jorge Amaral & Mia Pomerantz-Amaral), Jeremy Collins, and Stevan Jovic. He also spearheaded Interlochen's new Internet 2 video conferencing system by collaborating with Jason Vieaux on two masterclass exchanges. His students have gone on to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music, and California State University. His website is http://www.michaelkudirka.com/index.html

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"Inside Classical Guitar" New Weekly Radio Show

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Inside Classical Guitar"

New Weekly Radio Show

from the

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Premiers Monday, May 6th 7:00 pm!

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society is pleased to announce its new classical guitar show, hosted by the Radio Arts Foundation St. Louis (at http://rafstl.org/)on analog radio at FM107.3 and in hybrid digital at KIHT HD2 (96.3). Content is also streamedlive at www.rafstl.org.Archives of the show will be available on the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society website for later listening access at www.GuitarStLouis.net

The show is entitled "Inside Classical Guitar," produced and funded through the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. The show Host is William Ash, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society President, and Co-Hosted withlongtime St. Louis Radio Personality John Clayton.

The general focus of Inside Classical Guitar will be to feature both interviews and quality recordings of outstanding classical guitarists--both emerging talent and artists of significance--with discussions of interest to guitar followers. Many of the playersto be featured will be ones that the St. LouisClassical Guitar Society has sponsored or willbe sponsoring in liveperformance in St. Louis.


The first installment airs Monday, May 6, 7:00 – 8:00 pm CST. Our first show will feature our wide-ranging interview with American guitarist Christopher Parkening, where our discussion includes his reasons for his recent retirement from active touring. And of course we will play some of his most beautiful and legendary recordings.

Upcoming shows will feature guitarists with special connection to St. Louis, all of whom will be performing at our 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Sunday, June 9, at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Among our Special Guests will be none other than Christopher Parkening himself! Mr. Parkening will also conduct a Commemorative Master Class earlier that same day.

Subsequent editions of Inside Classical Guitar throughout the month of May and June 3 will feature interviews and music from the following guests:

May 13 Rodney Stucky and Douglas Back - recordings of Douglas Back

May 20 Alan Rosenkoetter and Douglas Niedt -recordings of Douglas Niedt

May 27 Kirk Hanser and John McClellan-recordings of both and in duo

Jun 3 Ronald Radford - flamencorecordings of Ronald Radford

All on Mondays at 7:00 pm CST

Full information about both all Gala activities and archives of the radio show is available on our website at www.GuitarStLouis.net

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Classical Guitar Weekend in Cleveland, OH

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, April 22, 2013

The thirteenth annual Classical Guitar Weekend - one of North America’s oldest, most respected classical guitar festivals - will take place at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25, 2013. All recitals will take place in Mixon Hall, CIM's award winning new concert hall.

Please join this spring’s roster of internationally acclaimed artists in a concentrated series of recitals, debut performances, world premieres, master classes, lectures, and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar and art music, solo and ensemble, old and new. For further information, artist’s biographies and video samples, and to purchase recital tickets on line visit http://www.guitarsint.com/concert_series.cfm or call 216.752.7502.

Classical guitarists:

Jason Vieaux (USA, CIM Guitar Department Head)

Colin Davin (USA)

Jiyeon Kim (Republic of Korea)

Jonathan Leathwood (England)

Raphaella Smits (Belgium)

Assisting Artists:

Jinjoo Cho, violin (Republic of Korea)

Jeffrey Irvine, viola (USA)

Melissa Kraut, cello (USA)

Composers:

Stephen Goss (England)

Riho Esko Maimets (Canada)

Erin Rogers (Canada)

Classical Guitarist and Distance Learning Guest Instructor:

Jesper Sivebak (Denmark)

Classical Guitarist and Lecturer:

Brad DeRoche (USA)

Master Guitar Maker:

German Vazquez Rubio (USA)

We note with pride that both the diversity of our artists and audience members over the years (representing more than fifteen states and as many foreign countries) and the breadth of repertoire our artists have performed attest that the musical arts we celebrate here are heartfelt, universal, and dynamic.

Classical Guitar Weekend is presented in University Circle - Cleveland, Ohio's world renowned cultural and educational center - by Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music with generous additional support from the Cleveland business community and beyond.

Armin Kelly, Artistic Director

Classical Guitar Weekend 2013

classicalguitars@guitarsint.com

216.752.7502

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Boston GuitarFest 2013

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, April 15, 2013

It is with great pride that the Boston GuitarFest family and I welcome you to a "British Invasion” a.k.a. BOSTON GUITARFEST 2013, June 19thto 23rd, part VIII of our ongoing exploration of the past, present, and future of our noble instrument, its repertoire, and the greater cultural legacy that nourishes it.

I hope you will be able to join us in Boston between June 19thto 23rd for concerts, competitions, masterclasses, and much more. Registration is open, and we hope to see you either as a participant, competitor, or as an audience member at one of our many wonderful concerts. Head over toBostonGuitarFest.orgfor more information on all of our events and registration options.

This year we celebrate the birthday years of three great Albion musicians: John Dowland, "whose touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense” (Shakespeare); Benjamin Britten, composer of the iconic work "Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70”; and the exalted guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream, who will turn 80 a few days after our festival ends and to whom we dedicate Boston GuitarFest VIII.

I am thrilled to welcome back Oscar Ghiglia, Elena Papandreou, Richard Savino, Joaquín Clerch, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and, for the first time, the eminent lutenist Nigel North. This stellar cast will be joined by a whole orchestra of wonderful young artists, who will give us an unforgettable Emerging Artists Concert (punctuated by theatrical Shakespeare scenes) curated by Zaira Meneses on June 22.

We are profoundly grateful to the administrations of two great Boston institutions, my own New England Conservatory (presided over by our own British born president, Tony Woodcock) and Northeastern University, where music department chair Anthony de Ritis has been an indefatigable and loyal supporter of GuitarFest almost since its inception.

-Eliot Fisk, Artistic Director of Boston GuitarFest

http://www.bostonguitarfest.org/2013/

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Guitarrada VII with Pepe Romero and the Harris Guitar Collection

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, April 11, 2013

GUITARRADA VII: PEPE ROMERO AND GEMS FROM THE HARRIS GUITAR COLLECTION AT THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The Harris Guitar Foundation (HGF) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music are delighted to announce Guitarrada VII and an exciting new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory. On April 29 at 7:30 p.m., guitarist Pepe Romero and luthier Richard Bruné join Conservatory guitar faculty and students for an evening of lively conversation and music performed on rare vintage guitars from the Harris Guitar Collection (HGC). Co-hosted by David Tanenbaum, chair of the Conservatory guitar department, and L. John Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation, Guitarrada VII takes place in the Conservatory’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco. Now it its seventh year, the annual event is free and open to the public.

The occasion will also celebrate a new collaboration between HGF and the Conservatory that integrates instruments from the Harris Guitar Collection into the guitar department’s curriculum.

"Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Conservatory and the loyalty of our audiences, Guitarrada has become a popular event at the Conservatory,” says Harris, president of The Harris Guitar Foundation. "Now I’m thrilled to announce that the newly formed Harris Guitar Foundation will make the Harris Guitar Collection available on a regular basis to the guitar students and faculty of the Conservatory for educational purposes, including scholarship, performance and recordings.”

"The Conservatory guitar department,” says Tanenbaum, "is very happy to welcome back Richard Bruné, Pepe Romero and the wonderful Harris Guitar Collection for another evening devoted to the exploration of the guitar's history through the lens of these instruments. In addition, the occasion represents a heartfelt thank you to President Colin Murdoch for fostering the collaboration between the organizations as well as an homage to Pepe, who received an honorary doctorate from the school in 2011.”

This year’s Guitarrada features over a dozen guitars from the Harris Collection that will eventually be on permanent public display at the Conservatory. Special guests Romero and Bruné will deliver their usual fare—exquisite playing by Romero and fascinating lore and scholarship from Bruné. The event will also feature a special performance by Conservatory faculty guitarists Sérgio Assad, Marc Teicholz, Lawrence Farrara and David Tanenbaum.

"We will play together as a quartet for the first time,” says Tanenbaum.” "We chose a piece by Moreno Torroba written for the Romero Quartet to honor Pepe and his family and the beginning of the life of the Harris Guitar Collection on our campus."

In the tradition of previous Guitarradas, Conservatory students will perform on instruments they have selected from the Harris Collection.

Romero appears at Guitarrada in conjunction with a solo concert on April 28 at Herbst Theatre produced by the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts in partnership with San Francisco Performances. The HGF and Conservatory are grateful to the OMNI Foundation and Director Richard Patterson for its ongoing support of the Guitarrada series. Tickets for Romero’s solo concert are available at omniconcerts.com or by calling (415) 242-4500 or (650) 726-1203.

Plans for joint projects between HGF and OMNI will be the subject of future announcements.

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop Scholarships

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, April 8, 2013
The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop will take place from August 25 – September 1, 2013. Scholarships are available for individuals who are 16-18 years old.

The scholarship includes: full tuition, travel, room and board at the 4 Star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, Montana (including all lodge amenities), daily instruction with Scott Tennant and Andrew Leonard, participation in Artist in Residence sessions, jams, ensemble work, festival attendance and participation in all other workshop and festival events.

The COCGF workshop and festival includes six days of instruction in intimate small class settings. In addition to the Classical workshop there are workshops for Performing Musicians, Jam, Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Singer Songwriter, Jazz, and Beginner. Classes are taught by leading faculty from all over the US and Artists in Residence who in addition to Grammy award winning classical guitarist, Scott Tennant and possibly some of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet include: Grammy winning jazz master, Lee Ritenour; 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny; premier electric bluesman, Robben Ford; Daryl Steurmer of Genesis; and extraordinary singer songwriters Livingston Taylor and Mac McAnally. There will be evening concerts each night showcasing the Artists in Residence and faculty. Student performances will be held at the end of the workshop.

Additional guest artists will be: Lee Ritenour’s band members bassist Melvin Lee Davis, drummer Sonny Emory and the Pat Metheny Trio members Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill Stewart on percussion.

The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications is June 7th, 2013. For complete details and for the scholarship application please click on this link: http://bit.ly/10tgC0b

For anyone not applying for this scholarship who wishes to participate in the workshop and festival, please encourage them to visit our website www.cocguitarfoundation.org. Besides the incredible workshop classes and activities there is a whole world to explore in and around the Flathead Valley. Hiking, boating, Glacier National Park, fly fishing, golfing, gourmet restaurants the list just goes on and on.

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Lanciano International Guitar Seminar, Lanciano (CH) - Italy

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, March 29, 2013
Lanciano International Guitar Seminar, Lanciano (CH) - Italy

July 23- 28, 2013

Parco delle Arti Musicali 'Torri Montanare'
Via Largo dell'Appello, 2, Lanciano (CH), Italy

Michal Newman, Laura Oltman, Gaelle Solal, Massimo delle Cese, Isabella Abbonizio

Registration Deadline June 30, 2013

For registration and more information, visit:
http://www.lancianoguitar.com/
email: lancianoguitar@gmail.com

or call (646) 243-4266

Join an international faculty for an exciting week-long guitar seminar in the center of Italy. Concerts, master classes, rehearsals, and cultural events for classical guitarists of mid-high levels.
July 23 – 28, 2013.

For information on registration, schedule, faculty bios, sponsors info and other links, please visit the web site at
http://www.lancianoguitar.com/

Lanciano International Guitar Seminar
email: lancianoguitar@gmail.com
http://www.lancianoguitar.com/
(646) 243-4266

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St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Welcomes Christopher Parkening to its 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

On June 9, 2013, the Music Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of St. Louis University will host and sponsor a special Commemorative Master Class to be conducted by the legendary American classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. This class is co-presented in cooperation with the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society in its day-long cele- bration of the 50th Anniversary of its founding on June 9, 1963, with Mr. Parkening also serving as Honorary Chair of its 50th Anniversary Committee. The Class will be held in University Theater at Xavier Hall on the St. Louis University campus, 221 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Admission will be $20 for adults and families, $5 for individual pre-college students. Three performance spots are open to competitive audition. Performance applicants should submit three unedited pieces of contrasting styles by 11:00 pm CST May 5, 2013, on the Guitar Society’s website at www.GuitarStLouis.net. The Guitar Society will also be joined by Mr. Parkening at its 50th Anniversary Commemorative Dinner to be held at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63102, beginning at 5:30 pm. Attendance is $75 per person, which includes admission to the master class. For full audition details and further information about the celebration visit www.GuitarStLouis.net, or call the Classical Guitar Society at 314 567-5566.


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