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  • Meng Su, classical guitar with special guest Phillip Smith

    Posted By on October 1, 2017

    Date: Saturday October 21 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Admission: General Admission: $20
    Senior/Student Admission: $15
    WCGS Member Admission: $10
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Meng Su

    The incredible Chinese guitarist Meng Su has been making her mark on the music scene in the past several years, as a duo artist with Yameng Wang in the Beijing Guitar Duo, as a trio artist with Yawei and Manuel Barrueco, and most recently as a solo artist. Meng recently won the highly competitive Christopher Parkening Competition – one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – and followed that with the release of her first solo album, which is receiving rave reviews. Don’t miss this chance to see Meng in this very rare solo appearance. She might just bring down the house!

    Works by Bach, Assad, Piazzolla and Yi.

    Guest Opening Artist: Phillip Smith

    This concert 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.

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/486017418442819/!

    Bio:
    2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Meng Su is the first guitarist to have won both youth and the main Parkening Competition, she is also the first female guitarist to both make it to the final round of the main competition and win the Gold Medal. (more…)

    Young Ik Jang, classical guitar and Bo-Kyung Hwang, piano with special guest Benjamin Pasternak

    Posted By on October 2, 2017

    Date: Saturday March 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Admission: General Admission: $15
    Senior/Student Admission: $10
    WCGS Member Admission: $10
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Young Ik Jang and Bo Kyung Hwang

    Born in South Korea, Young Ik Jang is currently a doctoral student with Julian Gray at Shenandoah University. Among other recent accomplishments, Jang recently took home second place in the prestigious Schadt String Competition (WCGS 2016-17 artist Alec Holcomb took 3rd). Jang’s program will include solo works, as well as the first concerto we’ll have the pleasure of presenting, accompanied by pianist Bo-Kyung Hwang!

    Works by Bach, Giuliani, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Guest Opening Artist: Benjamin Pasternak, winner of the High School Division of the 2017 PCGS Guitar Competition

    This concert 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.

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/341289283002968/!

    Bio:
    Korean Guitarist Young Ik Jang, is a musician, who continuously prove his musical passion at numerous music festivals, mainly in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and District of Columbia. His musical involvement includes performance at Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship series at Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland, and his recent achievement of winning second-prize at Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition in Allentown, Pennsylvania offered him generous opportunities to represent his musical passion at many concerts. Young Ik is also internationally active, which he was invited at Sungshin Women University in South Korea as guest artist. (more…)

    Xiaobo Pu, classical guitar and Emma Resmini, flute

    Posted By on October 2, 2017

    Date: Saturday February 24 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Admission: General Admission: $15
    Senior/Student Admission: $10
    WCGS Member Admission: $10
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Xiaobo Pu and Emma Resmini

    Chinese guitarist Xiaobo Pu and American flutist Emma Resmini put on a breathtaking performance opening for Colin Davin in our 2016-17 season, and they impressed us so much that we asked them to return this season with a full concert program! Xiaobo will perform one half of the program solo, and play flute & guitar duos with Emma Resmini during the other half. Both Xiaobo and Emma are students completing degrees at Curtis Institute of Music.

    Works by Bach, Tansman, Henze (Pu), and Beaser, Piazzolla (Pu and Resmini).

    Guest Opening Artist: TBD

    This concert 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.

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/893816940772395/!

    Bios:
    Xiaobo Pu, from Beijing, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studies guitar with David Starobin and Jason Vieaux. (more…)

    Boyd Meets Girl (Rupert Boyd, classical guitar and Laura Metcalf, cello) with special guest Luke Honer

    Posted By on October 1, 2017

    Date: Saturday November 18 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Admission: General Admission: $20
    Senior/Student Admission: $15
    WCGS Member Admission: $10
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street

    Boyd Meets Girl

    Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd gave us an incredible performance at World Cafe Live in Wilmington during our 2015-16 season, and he’s returning this time with reinforcements! Boyd Meets Girl pairs Rupert with the amazing cellist Laura Metcalf (Sybarite5). Hot on the heels of the release of their first album, Boyd Meets Girl is geared up to put on an amazing performance of pieces written and arranged for classical guitar and cello. You don’t want to miss this unique combination (one of our favorites) or their incomparable artistry.

    Works by Fauré, Bach, Gnattali, Piazzolla, Falla, and Pärt

    Guest Opening Artist: Luke Honer

    This concert 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.

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/120231648701622/!

    MASTERCLASS
    Rupert Boyd 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 Rupert has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Rupert and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    Bio:
    Boyd Meets Girl, pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Acclaimed soloists in their own right, as a duo they perform an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements. Boyd has been described as “truly evocative” by The Washington Post, and as “a player who deserves to be heard” by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Sybarite5 and Break of Reality, has been called “brilliant” by Gramophone. Boyd Meets Girl has toured throughout the USA, Australia, India and Nepal, including appearances at the Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island), the Gharana Music Festival (Kathmandu, Nepal) and the Monsoon Music Festival (Kolkata, India). (more…)

    GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Xavier Jara, classical guitar with special guest Andrew DiGiandomenico

    Posted By on September 8, 2017

    Date: Saturday April 21 at 8:00 pm
    Admission: FREE!
    Tickets: available at door or in our Online Store
    Parking: Paid parking in lot or street

    Xavier Jara

    The GFA International Concert Artist Competition attracts the very best musicians from around the world, and the winner’s tour concert is always the highlight of our season. Thanks to the generous help of the University of Delaware, we are able to offer this year’s winner’s tour concert FREE to the public! Last year’s competition winner, Xavier Jara, hails from Minnesota, and is the first winner from the United States since Martha Masters won in 2000. Xavier has been studying with Judicael Perroy, and is yet another example of the incredible artistry emerging from his French studio (last year’s GFA touring artist, 2015 GFA winner Thibaut Garcia, also studied with Judicael). In addition to giving a masterclass at the University of Delaware the same day as the concert, we’ll be presenting a masterclass with Xavier at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in the evening on 4/20.

    Works by Dowland, Bach, Goss, Collins, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Martin, and Albeniz.

    Guest Opening Artist: Andrew DiGiandomenico

    This concert will take place in Gore Recital Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware.

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

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/123279741734487/!

    MASTERCLASS
    4/20/18: Xavier Jara will be teaching a masterclass in the evening of Friday, April 20 at 6:00 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian 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 Xavier Jara has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Xavier and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

    4/21/18: Xavier Jara will also be teaching a masterclass earlier in the day of the concert, April 21, at 1:00 pm in Loudis Recital Hall in the Amy E. DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, and will feature players from the guitar department at the University of Delaware, directed by Christiaan Taggart. Registration is not required to attend this masterclass.

    Bio:
    American classical guitarist, Xavier Jara (1993) is the 1st prizewinner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy. Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. (more…)

    6th Annual WCGS Members Concert

    Posted By on September 8, 2017

    Date: Saturday May 26, 2018 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 26th at Presbyterian 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/1949254162019589/

    Hope to see you all there!

    2nd Annual WCGS Members Showcase

    Posted By on September 7, 2017

    Date: Saturday September 23 at 1:00 pm
    Admission:FREE
    Parking: Free parking in lot or street
    WCGS Members Showcase

    Wilmington Classical Guitar’s 2017-18 season will begin with our second annual WCGS Members Showcase concert. The WCGS Members Showcase features professional and amateur members of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, and is our way of introducing ourselves and the classical guitar to more of our Wilmington community.

    This year’s Showcase, presented with the the Delaware Historical Society, will be held in Wilmington’s Old Town Hall, a building that dates back to 1798 and is a true piece of Wilmington history. The colonial interior is beautiful and takes you back to those heady times before electricity. What a great place for a classical guitar concert!

    Admission is free. Stop in for a song or stay for the whole show. Show will run 1:00 to 2:30. Kids welcome.

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

    Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!?

    Wilmington Classical Guitar Season 2017-18!

    Posted By on August 23, 2017

    Well, it took a bit of doing, and up until a few weeks ago there were still some pieces up in the air, but it looks like everything is falling neatly into place and we’re going to have an amazing 2017-18 season (including 3 free concerts)!

    WCGS Members Showcase

    WCGS Members Showcase Date: September 23, 2017
    Time: 1:00 pm (doors open at 12:30 pm)
    Venue: Old Town Hall, 510 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
    Admission: FREE!

    The season will begin with our second annual WCGS Members Showcase concert. The Members Showcase features professional and amateur members of the guitar society, and is our way of introducing ourselves and the classical guitar to more of the Wilmington community. This year’s showcase, presented with the the Delaware Historical Society, will be held in Wilmington’s Old Town Hall, a building that dates back to 1798! The colonial interior is beautiful and takes you back to those heady times before electricity. It’s really a stunning space, and I personally can’t wait to perform there.

    Meng Su with special guest Phillip Smith

    Meng Su Date: October 21, 2017
    Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Admission: $20 General Admission / $15 Senior, Student / $10 WCGS & PCGS Members

    Chinese guitarist Meng Su has been making her mark on the music scene in the past several years, as a duo artist with Yameng Wang in the Beijing Guitar Duo, as a trio artist with Yawei and Manuel Barrueco, and most recently as a solo artist. Meng recently won the highly competitive Christopher Parkening Competition – one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – and followed that with the release of her first solo album, which is receiving rave reviews. Don’t miss this chance to see Meng in this very rare solo appearance. She might just bring down the house.

    Boyd Meets Girl with special guest Luke Honer

    Boyd Meets Girl Date: November 18, 2017
    Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Admission: $20 General Admission / $15 Senior, Student / $10 WCGS & PCGS Members

    Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd gave an amazing performance for us at World Cafe Live during our 2015-16 season, and he’s returning this time with reinforcements! Boyd Meets Girl pairs Rupert with the amazing cellist Laura Metcalf (of Sybarite5). Hot on the heels of the release of their first album, Boyd Meets Girl is geared up to put on an amazing performance of pieces written and arranged for classical guitar and cello. You will not want to miss this unique combination (one of my favorites), or their incomparable artistry. Rupert and Laura will also be giving a masterclass the day of the concert at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.

    Xiaobo Pu and Emma Resmini, flute

    Xiaobo Pu and Emma Resmini Date: February 24, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Senior, Student and WCGS & PCGS Members

    Chinese guitarist Xiaobo Pu and American flutist Emma Resmini put on a breathtaking performance opening for Colin Davin in our 2016-17 season, and they return this season with a full concert program. Xiaobo will perform one half of the program solo, and play flute & guitar duos with the talented Emma Resmini during the other half. Both Xiaobo and Emma are students completing degrees at Curtis Institute of Music.

    Young Ik Jang with special guest Benjamin Pasternak

    Young Ik Jang Date: March 24, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Admission: $15 General Admission / $10 Senior, Student and WCGS & PCGS Members

    Born in Korea, Young Ik Jang is currently a doctoral student with Julian Gray at Shenandoah University. Among other recent accomplishments, Jang recently took home second place in the prestigious Schadt String Competition (WCGS 2016-17 artist Alec Holcomb took 3rd). Jang’s program will include solo works, as well as the first concerto we’ll have the pleasure of presenting, accompanied by piano.

    GFA Winner’s Tour
    Xavier Jara with special guest Andrew DiGiandomenico

    Xavier Jara Date: April 21, 2018
    Time: 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)
    Venue: Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts, University of Delaware, 110 Orchard Rd., Newark, DE, 19716
    Admission: FREE!

    The GFA International Concert Artist Competition attracts the very best musicians from around the world, and the winner’s tour concert is always the highlight of our season. Thanks to the generous help of the University of Delaware, we are able to offer this year’s winner’s tour concert free to the public! Last year’s competition winner, Xavier Jara, hails from Minnesota, and is the first winner from the United States since Martha Master’s won in 2000. Xavier has been studying with Judicael Perroy, and is yet another example of the incredible artistry emerging from his French studio (last year’s GFA touring artist, 2016 GFA winner Thibaut Garcia, also studied with Judicael). In addition to giving a masterclass at the University of Delaware the same day as the concert, we’ll be presenting a masterclass with Xavier at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on 4/20.

    6th Annual WCGS Members Concert

    WCGS Members Concert Date: May 26, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
    Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
    Admission: FREE!

    The annual WCGS Members Concert is always one of my favorites – a time for our members to put forth their very best performances, and they never disappoint. As always, the Members Concert will feature professional and amateur members of the guitar society and showcase some of the incredible talents we are so fortunate to have in our midst.

     

    Best wishes, and I look forward to seeing you at a concert,
    Matthew Lavanish
    President & Artistic Director – The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society

    WCGS Season 2017-18

    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…)