Valparaiso University is proud to host the 20th annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, taking place March 23-25, 2012. Guest artists for this year’s festival are the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) and Shingo Fujii, one of the leading composers and classical guitarists in Japan.
The LAGQ will perform Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection on the Valparaiso University campus. The public is invited to attend and can purchase tickets in advance by calling the box office at 219-464-5162 or visiting https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?ticketing=vuca
In addition to their concert Saturday night, the LAGQ will join the festival orchestra to perform Fujii’s new work entitled "Shiki: Seasons of Japan,” which was written in dedication to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Conducted by Fujii, the event will commemorate the one year anniversary of the tragedy and will serve as a dramatic finale to the festival weekend.
"The Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival provides a very unique opportunity for guitar students to collaborate with their peers, get inspired and educated from the masters of the instrument, and provide the public with a truly great concert experience,” said Jim Konsbruck, festival director. "This year, the added element of bringing a noted guitar composer from Japan to the festival, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, will certainly serve to enhance the cultural attractiveness of the event.”
More than 230 students representing 21 colleges and universities from six states will be taking part in the three-day festival. Throughout the weekend, students will have the opportunity to participate in various master classes and clinics such as a technique clinic with Scott Tennant, a member of the LAGQ, and a jazz guitar clinic with Matthew Greif, a member of the LAGQ.
Additional highlights of the 2012 Mid-America Guitar Ensemble festival includes:
• Ensemble master classes with LAGQ members William Kanengiser and John Dearman
• An ensemble conducting clinic for school directors with Fujii
• A rare performance of Concertomaggio, concerto for two guitars and string orchestra by Roland Dyens, Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Guitar Duo, consisting of Jim Konsbruck, guitar instructor at Valparaiso University and Wes Hixson, guitar instructor at Elmhurst College
All festival concerts are open to the public, while master classes, clinics and the orchestra are open to festival participants only. A full schedule of events is available at www.valpo.edu/guitarfest.
The Mid-America Guitar Festival was established in 1991 in an effort to foster camaraderie and pedagogical exchanges between classical guitar teachers and students, to provide performance and learning opportunities for student ensembles and to contribute to the over-all artistic and cultural enrichment of its audiences. The festival has also worked to increase the ensemble repertoire through the commissioning of new works for the festival orchestra.
The first festival took place at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. and has since been held at schools such as Bradley University, Elmhurst College, Illinois State University, Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Webster University.
For more information on the 20th Annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, visit www.valpo.edu/guitarfest or contact Jim Konsbruck at email@example.com or (773) 206-4108.