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  • 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

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    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.

    Guest Opening Artist: Dan Brooks

    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…)

    GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Ekachai Jearakul with special guest Hao Yang

    Posted By on February 5, 2016

    Ekachai Jearakul and  Hao Yang
    CONCERT: Ekachai Jearakul, classical guitar with special guest Hao Yang

    Date: Saturday March 19 at noon (doors open at 11:00 am for brunch)
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students/Seniors/WCGS & PCGS Members
    Tickets*: available at box office or online here at TICKETS*
    Location: World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
    Parking: Paid lot or free(?) street parking

    *Advance tickets for this event are available here on the WCGS website up until the day of show without fees. Please note, a $3-4 fee will be applied to tickets purchased through the World Cafe Live box office and at the door. Purchase your tickets here early to avoid fees.

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a second year! 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 Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul, the first guitarist from Asia to ever win the illustrious GFA Concert Artist Competition. Join us for a wonderful Saturday afternoon brunch concert featuring works by His Majesty, The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Barrios, Brouwer, Mertz, and Turina.

    This concert is a brunch concert. Food service will be available (food and drink sold separately). Concertgoers are encouraged to come early and enjoy brunch at World Cafe Live. Doors open at 11:00 am!

    Guest Opening Artist: Hao Yang from the Curtis Institute of Music

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    Bio:
    Ekachai Jearakul is considered one of today’s most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in North and South America, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City sponsored by the D’Addario Foundation, a Mel Bay publication, and recordings on the Naxos and GHA labels with worldwide distribution. (more…)

    Rupert Boyd with special guest Xiaobo Pu

    Posted By on January 25, 2016

    Rupert Boyd and Xiaobo Pu
    CONCERT: Rupert Boyd, classical guitar with special guest Xiaobo Pu

    Date: Sunday February 28 at noon (doors open at 11:00 am for brunch)
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Students/Seniors/WCGS & PCGS Members
    Tickets*: available at box office or online here at TICKETS*
    Location: World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
    Parking: Paid lot or free(?) street parking

    *Advance tickets for this event are available here on the WCGS website up until the day of show without fees. Please note, a $3-4 fee will be applied to tickets purchased through the World Cafe Live box office and at the door. Purchase your tickets here early to avoid fees.

    Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative”, and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.”

    Join us for a wonderful Sunday afternoon brunch concert with Rupert Boyd featuring works by Bach, Granados, Houghton, Piazzolla, Sor and more!

    This concert is a brunch concert. Food service will be available (food and drink sold separately). Concertgoers are encouraged to come early and enjoy brunch at World Cafe Live. Doors open at 11:00 am!

    Guest Opening Artist: Xiaobo Pu from the Curtis Institute of Music

    Share our event on Facebook and invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/448906561967591/

    Bio:
    “Remember the name Rupert Boyd. While there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his Marlow Guitar Series audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

    New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Festival de Musique Classique in France, and every state and territory in mainland Australia. (more…)

    Kevin Cope, classical guitarist and composer with special guest Grant Lu

    Posted By on October 8, 2015

    Kevin Cope and Grant Lu
    CONCERT: Kevin Cope, classical guitarist and composer with special guest Grant Lu

    Date: Thursday November 12 at 7:30 pm
    Admission*: $10 General Admission / $5 Students/Seniors/WCGS & PCGS Members
    Tickets: available at box office or online at Brown Paper 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 guitarist/composer and 2015 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship award winner Kevin Cope. Join us for an evening of original compositions for classical guitar by Cope, including works for solo guitar, duos with clarinet and classical guitar, and a trio with soprano and percussion.

    Featured guest artists will include Brendan Evans, guitar, Adrienne Harding, flute, Christopher Nichols, clarinet, Rachel Lipson, soprano, and Benjamin Goldman, darbuka.

    Guest Opening Artist: Grant Lu

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

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    Bio:
    Kevin J. Cope is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a master’s degree in music composition and a second master’s degree in guitar performance. He has studied with composers Patrick Long, Jennifer Barker, and Andrew Bleckner, and guitarists Matthew Slotkin and Christiaan Taggart. Often leaning toward a dark character, his composition style ranges from tonal to atonal with a wide range in between. Among his favorite tools is mixing Arabian modes with Western theory to create unique harmonies and melodic structures. (more…)

    Jeremy Lyons with special guest Dulcet Guitar Duo

    Posted By on September 29, 2015

    Jeremy Lyons and Dulcet Guitar Duo
    CONCERT: Jeremy Lyons, classical guitar with special guest Dulcet Guitar Duo

    Date: Friday October 30 at 7:30 pm
    Admission: FREE and open to the public!
    Location: Ware Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, West Chester University, 817 S High St, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
    Parking: Free parking in parking lot

    Presented in collaboration with West Chester University.

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to present Baltimore guitarist Jeremy Lyons in his third WCGS appearance! Join us at West Chester University Friday, October 30 where Jeremy will perform a captivating program of classical guitar music, featuring works by Giuliani, Weiss, Bach, Rodrigo, and Tansman.

    Guest opening artist: Dulcet Guitar Duo (Caroline Kubach and Alex Pollock)

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

    Admission: FREE and open to the public!

    NOTE: Join us again on the following day, Saturday, October 31 at 2:00 pm in Swope Music Building Rm. 141 for a master class with Jeremy Lyons featuring performers from the West Chester guitar program. This class is also free and open to the public.

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    Bio:
    A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons, who is the professor of classical guitar at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Along with the guitar, Jeremy studied the cello growing up with Ovidiu Marinescu, who is a professor of cello and orchestral conductor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. (more…)

    Convention Report – 2015 GFA Convention and Competition

    Posted By on August 31, 2015

    Thanks to contributors Caroline Kubach & Alex Pollock for this report on their experiences at the 2015 GFA Convention and Competition!

    Oklahoma City University
    The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) held its 2015 Convention and Competition at Oklahoma City University (OCU) from June 23rd-28th. The five day long convention had many activities for its attendants including concerts, lessons, master classes, technique workshops, lectures, and a large vendor fair with everything from guitars to sheet music and accessories. Also taking place throughout the week was GFA’s International Concert Artist Competition. The 1st prizewinner at the GFA competition receives a fifty-concert tour across North America, a publication with Mel Bay, recordings with Naxos and GHA Records as well as various other prizes from GFA sponsors. This year’s winner was Thibaut Garcia of France.

    The week was full of great concerts. (more…)

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