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  • Jeremy Lyons – Sunday March 30, 2014

    Posted By on February 21, 2014

    Jeremy Lyons
    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is very happy to be welcoming back Jeremy Lyons!

    Concert: Jeremy Lyons, guitar

    Date: Sunday March 30th, 2014 at 3 pm
    Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students & WCGS/PCGS members
    Location: The Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
    Parking: Free parking in school lot

    We’re excited to be welcoming back classical guitarist Jeremy Lyons for another concert with the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society. We were blown away by his performance for WCGS in 2011 and couldn’t wait to have him back. This concert he will be performing works by Rodrigo, Castelnouvo-Tedesco, Britten and more.

    A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

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    James Hontz – February 16th, 2014

    Posted By on February 11, 2014

    hontzThe Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present a concert with James Hontz!

    Concert: James Hontz

    Date: Sunday February 16th, 2014 at 3 pm
    Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students & WCGS/PCGS members
    Location: The Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19802
    Parking: Free parking in Church lot

    Seasoned performer, pedagogue and WCGS member James Hontz presents a program of exciting classical guitar music, including works by Coste, Bach, Barrios da Milano and Brouwer.

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

    Hope to see you there!

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    WCGS Members Concert – January 18th, 2014

    Posted By on January 10, 2014

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present members of WCGS in our very second annual Members Concert!

    Concert: WCGS Members Concert

    Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7 pm
    Admission: FREE
    Location: Calvary Episcopal Church, 304 Lore Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19809
    Parking: Free parking in Church lot

    Please join us on Saturday, January 18th at Calvary Episcopal Church for an evening of beautiful music, featuring the talents of guitarists from the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society. Performers featured include The WCGS Guitar Ensemble, William Simmons, David Bachor, Simon Varley, Matthew Lavanish, Brian Bard, Nikolay Gavlishin and James Hontz.

    Enjoy works by J.S. Bach, Erik Satie, José Luis Merlin, John Rutter, Silvius Leopold Weiss, Agustín Barrios, Federico Moreno Tórroba, Sergei Rudnev, Franceso da Milano, Napoleon Coste and more.

    The concert is free and open to the public. Donations accepted at the door.

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

    Hope to see you there!

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

    Members_Concert_2012510Performers from our 2012 Members Concert. From left to right, Matthew Lavanish (WCGS President), William Simmons, James Hontz, David Bachor, Brian Bard, Kevin Cope, Dave Bozenhard and Katie Ambacher.

    Interview with GFA-featured composer Kevin J. Cope

    Posted By on October 2, 2013

    The Guitar Foundation of America has for many years distinguished itself by hosting the prestigious GFA International Concert Artist Competition and by publishing Soundboard magazine, a quarterly publication available to members of GFA, widely-regarded as one of the best classical guitar publications in print (http://www.guitarfoundation.org/). This September, GFA and Soundboard have chosen to distinguish our very own Kevin Cope by featuring him within the magazine and making him their cover story. Kevin is a long-standing member of WCGS and a talented composer who we are excited to see receiving recognition for his outstanding compositions. I sat down with Kevin this past week to ask him some of our own questions:

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    Adam Larison Concert and Master Class – October 18th, 2013

    Posted By on September 27, 2013

    MASTER CLASS: Adam Larison, guitar

    Friday, October 18, 2013 — 2:00-4:30 p.m., Swope Music Building Room 225, West Chester University

    TICKETS: Free and open to public observation!
    PARKING: See below.

    Presented in collaboration with West Chester University.

    Featuring performers from the West Chester University guitar program


    CONCERT: Adam Larison, guitar
    Friday, October 18, 2013 — 8:00 p.m., Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, West Chester University

    TICKETS: Free!
    PARKING:  **Parking is free in the lot for the concert only. If you would like a parking pass for the master class, please email me via the Contact Page and I will reserve one for you in the classroom.

    Presented in collaboration with West Chester University.

    Featuring works by Albeniz, Tarrega, Hetu, Dyens, Angulo and Beaser.

    A reception will follow the concert.

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    Brendan Evans, Guitar / David Pace, Luthier – Sunday May 5, 2013

    Posted By on April 2, 2013

    Sunday May 5, The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is excited to present a pair of special close-of-season events; Brendan Evans in concert, preceded by a talk with luthier David Pace.

    2:00 pm – Talk: David Pace, luthier – the influence of evolving repertoire and changing concert environment on modern classical guitar design

    3:00 pm – Concert: Brendan Evans, guitar – works by Walton, Giuliani, Ohana and Sainz de la Maza

    LOCATION: The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington St., Wilmington, DE 19802. Free parking.

    TICKETS: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students & WCGS/PCGS Members

    A short reception will follow the concert.

    Brendan Evans, guitar

    Winner of 2012 Montreal International Guitar Competition, Brendan Evans has been studying guitar with increasing intensity since age 13. Early studies with Bob Squires and Apostolos Paraskevas led to bachelor’s studies at the Oberlin Conservatory with Steve Aron, and subsequently to graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory with David Tanenbaum.

    Since receiving his master’s degree in 2008, Brendan has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, as well as won prizes in 8 consecutive competitions, including his most recent victory at the Montreal International Guitar Competition. Brendan plays a guitar made by David Pace.

    David Pace, luthier

    Baltimore luthier David Pace, an avid guitarist as well as an expert luthier, began building guitars at a time when his desire for a hand-built classical guitar outweighed his means for procuring a quality instrument. Now David’s guitars are in high demand and played by guitarists all over the world. In addition to building several instruments every year, Mr. Pace speaks regularly at guitar festivals over a variety of modern innovations in guitar technology.

    Presented in collaboration with The Music School of Delaware

    Master Class Report: Manuel Barrueco – February 4, 2013

    Posted By on February 14, 2013

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society recently had the pleasure of being invited to audit a master class with Manuel Barrueco at the Curtis Institute of Music on February 4. The program featured the first four guitar students of Curtis’s new guitar program, Jordan Dodson and Jiyeon Kim, who entered Curtis in 2011, and Louis Xavier Barrette and Gideon Whitehead, who entered in 2012. All are students of Jason Vieaux and David Starobin, who began the program in 2011.

    What a great experience this was for the thirty or so fortunate enough to attend the class. As would be expected, the students all demonstrated remarkable musical and technical skill, while each retained their own unique style and interpretation. (more…)

    Master Class Report: Petrit Çeku – October 28, 2012

    Posted By on November 9, 2012

    I first encountered Petrit Çeku when he played for Scott Tennant in a master class at Peabody Conservatory in February of 2011. I remember being captivated that day, drawn in by Petrit’s playing and his seemingly complete disregard for his instrument. That’s not to say he is an inattentive guitarist, just that his attention is focused elsewhere, inward. When performing he rarely looks at the guitar; in fact his head is almost always turned away from the guitar, eyes closed, his expression and movements deeply emotive, changing sympathetically with the music, and always complementing the performance. Upon reflection, I came to the conclusion that playing this way serves one very important purpose in regard to the audience: it draws the focus away from the guitar and onto the music, and in the musical realm Petrit clearly excels. I am apparently not the only one who appreciates Petrit’s playing, as he has gone on to win several major competitions since I saw him perform that day, including the prestigious Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition.

    So it was with an appreciable measure of enthusiasm that I made the trek to Baltimore October 28th to observe Petrit conducting his own master class. (more…)

    Colin Davin concert – October 14th, 2012

    Posted By on September 6, 2012

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present New York guitarist Colin Davin in his first Wilmington appearance!

    Colin Davin

    Concert: Colin Davin, guitar
    Sunday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m., The Music School of Delaware, Wilmington Branch, 4101 Washington St., Wilmington, DE 19802.

    Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors, students & WCGS Members
    Parking: FREE

    Presented in collaboration with The Music School of Delaware.

    Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide), guitarist Colin Davin has earned a reputation as a virtuoso guitarist and a refined interpreter. Winner of numerous guitar competitions, and known also for his engaging stage presence (more…)

    WCGS Members Concert – October 5th, 2012

    Posted By on September 5, 2012

    The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is proud to present members of WCGS in our very first Members Concert!

    Concert: WCGS Members Concert
    Date: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8 pm
    Admission: FREE
    Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W. 13th St. Wilmington, Delaware 19806
    Parking: Free parking in lot behind Church

    Please join us on Friday, October 5th at 8 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church for an evening of beautiful music, featuring the talents of local guitarists David Bachor, Brian Bard, Dave Bozenhard, Kevin Cope, James Hontz, and William Simmons, with special guest Katie Ambacher.

    Enjoy works by J.S. Bach, John Dowland, Charles Duncan, Radamés Gnattali, Per Olov Kindgren, Fernando Sor, and recent compositions by our very own Kevin Cope.

    The concert is free and open to the public.

    This WCGS Members Concert is presented in conjunction with Wilmington’s monthly art-loop event, Art on the Town. Arrive early and enjoy the display of stunning photographs by John Foltz and a pre-concert reception between 6:30 and 7:45.