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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) Opening Concert, Full Day Festival, and Closing Concert

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, April 6, 2015
Opening Concert
William Kanengiser, Grammy Award winning classical guitarist
Saturday, April 11 at 7:30pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15
Premium Tickets: preferred front row seating and reception after the concert with artist: $75 single/$100 for two


Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won 1st Prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition as well as major guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has recorded four solo CD’s for the GSP label, ranging from classical to jazz to Caribbean to Near Eastern styles, and he recently recorded two CD’s for the Suzuki Guitar Advanced Repertoire Series. 

A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, he was a recipient of the “2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching”. He has given master classes around the world and produced two instructional videos, “Effortless Classical Guitar” and “Classical Guitar Mastery” for Hot Licks Video. 

As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded over a dozen CD’s. LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004. In addition to three European tours this season, they recently completed their Australian debut tour, including three sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House.



“Music of Spain”


La Danza del Molinero                                  Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

                                                                                (arr. W. Kanengiser)


Fantasie Elegiaque, op. 59                           Fernando Sor (1778-1839)


¡Marieta! (Mazurka)                                      Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)

Lágrima (Preludio)

María (Gavota)


Fantasia (Sevillana)                                     Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)




“Music of North America”


Sonata #1 “Las Campanas”                           Ernesto Garcia de León (b. 1952)

Diálogos Criollos




Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements               Léo Brouwer (b. 1939)

Afro-Cuban Lullaby

Danza Carecterística


Prelúdio Cubano*                                          Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)

Intermezzo*                                                  (*arr. W. Kanengiser)




Missing Her                                                  Frederick Hand (b. 1949)


Brookland Boogie                                          Brian Head (b. 1964)






Full Day Festival

Events include: William Kanengiser masterclass, Annual PCGS competitions, Irene Gomez closing concert, student recitals, workshops, and vendor fair
Sunday, April 12 from 10am-7pm
Full Day Pass: General $45, PCGS Members $40
William Kanengiser Masterclass: $15
Student Recitals: $10 per family (access to student recitals only)


Closing Concert

Irene Gomez, classical guitar
Sunday, April 12 at 5:30pm
Tickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $10


Born in Bogotá, Colombia Irene Gómez has been a pioneer of the classical guitar in her homeland. Raised in a family of music lovers, Irene started to play guitar at the age of eight. She became the first guitarist to graduate from the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, under the guidance of Ramiro Izasa. Later in France, she graduated with the Gold Medal in guitar and chamber music with Javier Quevedo at the Claude Debussy Conservatory in Saint Germain en Laye. She also received the “Diplome de Fin d’études” at Paris XV Conservatoire with Uruguayan guitarist Betho Davezak. 

In 2012, Irene received the Master of Music from The Juilliard School with renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin. With music from traditional to new composers for the guitar, Irene has released the 4 CD’s with acclaim from critics and audiences alike. She presently divides her time between concert activity, researching, recording, and teaching at the Conservatory of Music at the National University of Colombia.



Suite española Op. 47                    I. Albeniz (1860-1909)






Two Colombian Pieces

Huancarama                       Pedro Sarmiento (b. 1977)

Cacao                                Juan Carlos Guio



Recuerdos de la Alhambra               Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909)




The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities. 

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