World-class Classical Guitar in Wilmington, Delaware
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  • WCGS 5th Annual Members Concert

    Posted By on October 3, 2016

    Date: Saturday May 20 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: FREE!
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street
    WCGS Members Concert

    Please join us on Saturday, May 20th at Church of the Covenant for an evening of beautiful classical guitar music, featuring the talents of professional and amateur guitarists from the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society.

    Performers and program TBD.

    The concert is FREE and open to the public. A free will donation will be taken to help support WCGS and Church of the Covenant.

    A reception will follow the concert featuring MyHouse Cookies! http://myhousecookies.com/

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/

    Hope to see you all there!

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    Colin Davin, classical guitar with special guests Xiaobo Pu, classical guitar and Emma Resmini, flute

    Posted By on October 7, 2016

    Date: Saturday November 19 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students, Seniors, WCGS/PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Colin Davin

    Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Highlights of his 2016-17 season include concertos with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, and Orchard Park Symphony; collaborations with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cavani Quartet at the Cleveland Institute of Music; and solo recitals in Dubai, Kabul, and across the United States.

    Wilmington Classical Guitar became enamored with Colin Davin’s playing when he performed for us in 2012. Since that time we’ve seen Colin perform on the David Letterman show with Jessye Norman, perform enthralling duets with soprano Estelí Gomez, and teach young musicians for several semesters in Kabul, Afghanistan. We can’t wait to have him back and see how his experiences have shaped his already transfixing musical intuition. Join us for an evening of classical guitar music from around the world as he performs works by Albéniz, Turina, Gnattali, Barrios, Lauro, Kaspar, and Bach.

    Guest Opening Artist: Xiaobo Pu and Emma Resmini, flute

    All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    MASTERCLASS
    Colin Davin will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Colin Davin has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Colin and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    Bio:
    Colin Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum’s collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the ELLNORA Festival at the University of Illinois, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, and venues throughout the United States. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning sopranos Estelí Gomez and Dawn Upshaw, conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. From 2012-2015, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and has three times been a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. (more…)

    Duo 220 (Adam Larison and Andrew Stroud), classical guitars with special guest Caroline Kubach

    Posted By on October 6, 2016

    Date: Saturday February 25 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students, Seniors, WCGS/PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Duo 220

    Hailed for their “extraordinary technique and musicianship,” Duo 220 has established a firm position in a newly emerging generation of guitar ensembles. Drawing inspiration from their predecessors while also looking forward, Duo 220 strives to create programs that are new, fresh and accessible through a mixture of both standards and lesser-known works in the guitar duo repertoire, inventive and effective transcriptions, and newly commissioned works by young composers, with an emphasis on reaching as broad an audience as possible.

    Wilmington Classical Guitar was blown away by Adam Larison’s debut performance with us in 2013, and we’ve been looking forward to bringing him back with Duo 220 and his duo partner Andrew Stroud. Join us for an evening of adventurous classical guitar music as they perform works by Cage, Assad, Martin?, Angulo, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Guest Opening Artist: Caroline Kubach

    All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    MASTERCLASS
    Duo 220 will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Duo 220 has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Duo 220 and have them critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    Bio:
    Stroud and Larison have received enthusiastic responses from audiences across the U.S. and abroad headlining in such venues as the Corsham Arts Festival (U.K.), The Sierra Nevada Guitar Society (Reno, NV), Guitar Sarasota (Sarasota, FL) and the Troy University Guitar Festival (Troy, AL). Both protégés of celebrated American pedagogue Bruce Holzman of Florida State University, Duo 220 received a highly transformative series of coachings from Sergio Assad of the Assad Duo in 2008. (more…)

    Gohar Vardanyan, classical guitar with special guest Alex Pollock

    Posted By on October 5, 2016

    Date: Saturday March 25 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students, Seniors, WCGS/PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Gohar Vardanyan

    Gohar Vardanyan’s playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.” Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.”

    We know Gohar Vardanyan will amaze you, and Wilmington Classical Guitar couldn’t be more excited to present her in concert Saturday March 25. Join us for an evening of captivating guitar music as she performs works by Rodrigo, Albéniz, Falla, and Barrios.

    Guest Opening Artist: Alex Pollock

    All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    MASTERCLASS
    Gohar Vardanyan will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Gohar Vardanyan has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Gohar and have her critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    Bio:
    Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra” in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada. (more…)

    GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Thibaut Garcia, classical guitar with special guest Carlos Bedoya

    Posted By on October 4, 2016

    Date: Saturday April 22 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: $20 General Admission / $15 Students & Seniors / $10 WCGS/PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Thibaut Garcia

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a third season! The prestigious GFA Competition is known throughout the world for drawing the most talented competitors and winning the competition is a coveted milestone in the careers of many young artists. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class artist.

    This year’s GFA touring artist is French guitarist Thibaut Garcia. Join us for an evening with this rising star as he performs works by Weiss, Manjón, Llobet, Rodrigo, Crockett and Piazzolla.

    Guest Opening Artist: Carlos Bedoya

    All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    MASTERCLASS
    Thibaut Garcia will also be teaching a masterclass the following day, Sunday April 23, at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Thibaut Garcia has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Thibaut and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    Bio:
    Born in Toulouse, France, Thibaut Garcia began to play the guitar at the age of seven. Garcia credits his Spanish origins as a primary influence on his way of thinking. He studied in Toulouse where he received his chamber music diploma under the tutelage of Renaud Gruss, and his guitar diploma, with academic honors, under Paul Ferret. At sixteen, Garcia entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he would complete his Bachelor’s, with academic superlatives, with Olivier Chassain. He currently studies privately with Judicaël Perroy. (more…)

    WCGS Members Showcase Concert

    Posted By on September 16, 2016

    Date: Friday September 23 at 7:00 pm
    Admission: FREE!!!
    Tickets: no tickets required
    Parking: Free parking in lot

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society presents it’s very first Members Showcase Concert, featuring performances by professional and amateur members of the society.

    We’re new to the neighborhood, and we’d like to introduce ourselves to you. Admission is free and we encourage you to stop in even for a song or two, or stay for the entire concert.

    Kids welcome!

    Performers include:
    Bill Simmons
    Ralph Dominica
    Scott Kuykendall
    Grant Lu
    John Nguyen
    The Dulcet Guitar Duo
    Matthew Lavanish

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    For more information about this and other events, please visit http://wilmingtonguitar.org/

    Alec Holcomb, classical guitar with special guest Dan Brooks

    Posted By on August 13, 2016

    Date: Saturday October 22 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: FREE!!!
    Tickets: available at door or online
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Alec Holcomb

    We’re very happy to be kicking off our 2016-17 season with award-winning guitarist Alec Holcomb! So happy, in fact, that we are offering this concert for FREE!

    Recognized as one of the most exciting young guitarists of his generation, Alec has delighted audiences across the U.S., performed on National Public Radio, and earned the first prize in numerous guitar competitions. Alec’s virtuosity, attention to musical detail, and mastery at fully capturing the expressive range of the instrument takes the listener on a musical journey through a broad spectrum of the world’s greatest compositions.

    Join us as Alec presents an evening of beautiful classical guitar music including works by Napoléon Coste, Isaac Albéniz and Paul Lansky.

    Guest Opening Artist: Dan Brooks

    The concert is FREE and open to the public. A free will donation will be taken to help support WCGS and Church of the Covenant.

    All concerts for the 2016-17 season will take place in our new home, the lovely sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a space so acoustically intimate and beautiful it has to be heard to be believed.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! Facebook Event Link

    This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

    Bio:
    In Alec’s family, love for the guitar is a tradition. Both his grandfather and father played varying styles including rock, fingerstyle, and classical. Their influence led Alec at the age of six to request lessons from his father in classical guitar pedagogy. Alec’s commitment to guitar excellence was evident from the beginning. His rapid progress led to being accepted in John Johns’ studio at Vanderbilt University at the age of 11. Soon thereafter, Alec participated in his first masterclass with Christopher Parkening – a seminal moment. It was then that Alec committed to pursuing classical guitar professionally. (more…)

    2016-17 Season Announced!

    Posted By on August 9, 2016

    Wilmington Classical Guitar Society 2016-17 Season

    We pulled out all the stops to bring in some of the classical guitar world’s very finest emerging artists for the eighth season of our Wilmington Classical Guitar Society concert series. I realize that, unless you’re steeped in classical guitar culture the way I am, names may mean very little to you. However, I do believe we have put on some incredible concerts in the past and you can take my word for it that this coming season will be every bit as good; we will surely not let you down.

    Please take a moment to look up the artists websites and get acquainted with their playing. After doing so I’m sure you’ll be as eager for next season to begin as I am!

    October 22 @ 7:30 pm – Alec Holcomb – http://alecholcomb.com/
    November 19 @ 1:30 pm – Master Class with Colin Davin
    November 19 @ 7:30 pm – Colin Davin – http://colindavin.com/
    February 25 @ 1:30 pm – Master Class with Duo 220
    February 25 @ 7:30 pm – Duo 220 – http://www.220duo.com/
    March 25 @ 1:30 pm – Master Class with Gohar Vardanyan
    March 25 @ 7:30 pm – Gohar Vardanyan from Armenia – http://goharvardanyan.com/
    April 22 @ 7:30 pm – GFA Winner Thibaut Garcia from France – http://www.thibautgarcia-guitarist.com/en/
    April 23 @ 1:30 pm [TENTATIVE] – Master Class with Thibaut Garcia
    May 20 @ 7:30 pm – Fifth Annual WCGS Members Concert

    All of our concerts and master classes will take place at our new home, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in the Bellefonte neighborhood of Northern Wilmington. The Church of the Covenant has welcomed us with open arms and is quite excited to have us, and we’re quite excited to be a part of their community. The sanctuary, where we’ll be presenting our concerts, is beautiful, and most importantly for classical guitar, quiet with a wonderful acoustic. The West Room, where we will be holding our master classes and meetings, is a nice, intimate setting for classical music performance and discussion and guitars sound great inside.

    The Church of the Covenant, at 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809 is easily accessible from 95 and has ample parking on the street and in a private parking lot. We looked at many different venues in anticipation of this move and we couldn’t be happier with the Church of the Covenant. I hope you’ll come out to a concert and hear for yourself just why we love this church!

    Presbyterian Church of the Covenant

    In addition to our concert and master class series next season we also plan to begin bringing more classical guitar out into the local community with school presentations and pop-up concerts. Look for our first pop-up concert on September 23rd @ 7:00 pm to usher in the new season!

    Fourth Annual WCGS Members Concert

    Posted By on May 7, 2016

    WCGS Members Concert 2015

    Thanks for all your support and a wonderful 2015-16 season! We’ve got lots of exciting things in store for next season, as you’ll see below, but first we’re going to close out this season with our fourth annual Members Concert!

    CONCERT: WCGS Members Concert

    Date: Saturday May 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Admission: FREE!
    Location: Calvary Hillcrest Episcopal Church, 304 Lore Ave., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Parking: Free parking in lot and street

    Please join us on Saturday, May 14th at Calvary-Hillcrest Episcopal Church for an evening of beautiful classical guitar music, featuring the talents of guitarists from the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, including:

    Bill Simmons
    Grant Lu
    John Nguyen
    Kevin Cope
    Caroline Kubach
    Alex Pollock
    Dulcet Guitar Duo
    Brian Bard
    Simon Varley
    Simon Varley & Matthew Lavanish Duo
    Matthew Lavanish

    Enjoy works by J.S. Bach, Andrew York, Carlo Domeniconi, Jose Ferrer, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Francisco Tarrega, Kevin Cope, Agustin Barrios, and more.

    The concert is FREE and open to the public. A free will donation will be taken to help support WCGS and Calvary-Hillcrest Church.

    A reception will follow the concert featuring MyHouse Cookies! http://myhousecookies.com/

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/220299025016632/

    Hope to see you all there!

    For more information about Calvary Episcopal Church, please visit http://calvaryhillcrest.org/.

    Joseph Palmer with special guest McKinley Foster

    Posted By on April 3, 2016

    Joseph Palmer and McKinley Foster
    CONCERT: Joseph Palmer, classical guitar with special guest McKinley Foster

    Date: Thursday April 21 at 7:30 pm
    Admission*: $10 General Admission / $5 Students/Seniors/WCGS & PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at box office or online at TICKETS*
    Location: The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington St., Wilmington, DE 19802
    Parking: Free parking in parking lot

    *Advance tickets for this event are available at BrownPaperTickets. Please note, a small fee will be applied to the sale of each ticket ($1.17 – 1.34).

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present award-winning guitarist Joseph Palmer with special guest McKinley Foster.

    Recognized as one of the most highly captivating and dynamic young performers to emerge from the American guitar scene, Joseph Palmer has been praised for his remarkable technical ability as well as a rare sense of musical expression and genuine artistry. Join us as Joseph presents an evening of beautiful classical guitar music including works by Rochberg, Assad, Scarlatti, Williams, Davies and McCartney.

    Guest Opening Artist: McKinley Foster

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies http://myhousecookies.com/ will follow the concert.

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1594553697480042/

    Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is a Music School Performing Arts Partner.

    **SPECIAL NOTE: Joseph Palmer will be giving an outreach performance at the Brandywine Hundred Library the following day, April 22 at 7:00 pm, and a master class in Lansdowne on April 23. Check our calendar at http://wilmingtonguitar.org/calendar/ for full details.

    Bio:
    Joseph Palmer began studying classical guitar at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas. His passion for music and dedication to the instrument quickly gained him recognition as one of the leading guitarists of his generation. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, being awarded a total of fifteen top prizes in international competitions, including the 2013 World Guitar Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the Guitare Montreal International Competition. (more…)