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Latino Arts Strings Program Presents Fourth Annual Guitar Festival & Competition

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, December 15, 2016

Latino Arts Strings Program Presents Fourth Annual

Guitar Festival & Competition

Festival to Conclude with Performances by International World-Class Guitarists

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (December 15, 2016) – The Latino Arts Strings Program, a nationally recognized pre-college music training program, is proud to present their fourth annual international Guitar Festival. This daylong event will feature a youth guitar competition, a master class moderated by internationally acclaimed musicians, and an evening performance by classical guitarists, Rene Izquierdo & Isaac Bustos.

The Guitar Festival will kick off with a youth competition that is open to classical guitarists of all ages. A panel of local and international judges will select one winner from each competition level (intermediate and advanced). At the end of the night, the winners of the competition will perform with world-class artists, Rene Izquierdo and Dr. Isaac Bustos.

Guest performers, Rene Izquierdo and Dr. Isaac Bustos, boast unique and impressive resumes. Cuban native, Izquierdo, is a professor of classical guitar at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician. He has participated in countless guitar competitions and won several including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition and the Extremadura International Guitar Competition.

Dr. Isaac Bustos is a classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator with an extensive performing career who has earned several top international prizes. Bustos is currently the Artistic Director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition at the Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies.

The festival will take place on February 11, 2017 at the Latino Arts Auditorium, 1028 S 9th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

Timeline of Events:

8:00 a.m. – Youth competition

1:00 p.m. – Master class

3:30 p.m. – Guitar workshop

7:00 p.m. – Guest performance, accompanied by youth competition winners

Admission to the concert plus enrollment in the competition and master class costs $25 per person. Registration is open online through February 1, 2017. Concert tickets to the evening performance are $10 for general admission and $8 for students. To register or buy tickets for the concert, visit

For additional information including performance dates, times, venue information, competition rules and performer biographies, visit

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