Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima will perform a concert in Belmar, New Jersey

Sunday April 27th 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Belmar
600 9th Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey

Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima will perform a concert this Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 in Belmar, New Jersey.
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is simply one of the greatest guitarists performing today. Of particular note are his brilliant arrangements, his fluid intertwining of classical and popular styles, and his mastery of timbral orchestration on the instrument. Barbosa-Lima is well know for his collaborations with Bossa-Nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim, and for his carrying on the traditions of his teachers-guitar legends Isaias Savio and Andres Segovia. Maestro Barbosa-Lima released his first recording in 1958, and began touring the world in 1960. He was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Maestro Barbosa-Lima will play many solo works, many duets with his frequent musical partner Larry Del Casale, and a quartet with Del Casale and local guitarists John Bogan and Keith Calmes.
The concert will be at First Presbyterian Church of Belmar (600 9th Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey)
A free will donation will benefit the church’s restoration from damage incurred from Super Storm Sandy.

World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Concert: David Cohen Guitar


Thursday May 8th 2014
7:30 PM 45 minute set
$5.00 donation -Reserve an online seat 


In conjunction with World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Classical & Flamenco Guitarist David Cohen of Philadelphia will play a 45-minute set raising funds for The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

In 2011 David lost his wife Tanya to ovarian cancer after a two-year battle. Since the loss of his wife David has dedicated himself to ovarian cancer awareness and advocacy for patient care. David works with both Fox Chase Cancer Center and The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania in developing their Patient and Family Centered Care practices.

The concert will be available through the online in real-time concert venue Admission is by donation in kind. All of the money raised will be donated to both organizations except for the small broadcasting fee.  The Philadelphia OrchestraBalletX and Whole Foods have generously donated items that will be available during the concert that will help raise funds.

In support of this event David will have technical assistance running the program from Local Arts Live in Philadelphia. The program will be broadcast from his dining room. The Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center is a group of staff members that volunteer their time to assist with he needs of patients by purchasing items that patients may need to help keep their quality of life while hospitalized. They also assist in the education of the needs of cancer patients.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocacy organization for women with ovarian cancer. They represent tens of thousands of women with ovarian cancer in the United States.

David Cohen is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, educator, and composer of music for the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa musician and bagpipe played in Philadelphia. David’s teaching studios are located in both Philadelphia and Ocean Grove, NJ. David performs in concert, clubs and private performances along the East Coast.


The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS)

Opening Concert, Full Day Festival, and Closing Concert


Opening Concert

Sharon Isbin, Grammy Award winning classical guitarist
Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15
Premium Tickets: preferred front row seating and reception after the concert with artist: $75 single/$100 for two


Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Com-petitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has given sold-out performances throughout the world.

She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Mu-sic Theatre, her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest recording, Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) became a #1 bestseller on Her 2010 GRAMMY Award winning CD, Journey to the New World, ranked as a #1 bestselling classical CD on and iTunes, and spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts.

Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Ms. Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in preparing the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (published by G. Schirmer). She received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music.

She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history).





Spanish Dance #5 by Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Nocturnal after John Downland, Op. 70 (1963) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

*** In honor of Britten’s 100th Anniversary and 50th Anniversary of Nocturnal ***

La Catedral by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)

Asturias by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

 (transcribed by Andres Segovia)

**** In honor of Segovia’s 120th Anniversary Season ***


Nightshade Rounds (1979) by Bruce McCombie (1943 – 2012)

(Written for Sharon Isbin)

*** In honor of Bruce McCombie’s 70 Anniversary Season ***

The Black Decameron (1981) by Leo Brower (b. 1939)

(Written for Sharon Isbin)

*** In honor of Leo Brower’s 75th Anniversary ***

Andecy by Andrew York (b. 1958)

Waltz Opus 8, #4 by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885 – 1944)

Full Day Festival

Events include: Sharon Isbin masterclass, Annual PCGS competitions, Celil Refik Kaya concert (winner of the PCGS 2013 Peter Segal Prize), student recitals, workshops, and vendor fair
Sunday, April 27 from 10am-6pm
Full Day Pass: General $45, PCGS Members $40
Sharon Isbin Masterclass: $15
Student Recitals: $10 per family (access to student recitals only)


Closing Concert

Gohar Vardanyan, classical guitar
Sunday, April 27 at 5:30pm
Tickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $10

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, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few.

She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United Stated on the program “From the Top” 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. 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.”

Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. 

In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.



Suite in A Minor by Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)

(In the style of Weiss)                                                                   


Un Sueno en la Floresta by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885 – 1944)


Fantasia Para Guitarra by Julian Arcas (1832-1882)

(on themes from la Traviata)                                                       


Invocacion y Danza by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999)


Primavera Portena by Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)


The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities.  

David Cohen Live Alphabet Lounge NYC Saturday April 12, 2014

I love that there are venues outside of the traditional places that bring in classically based music into their mix of performers. I would like to find those places in Philadelphia as well. Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7pm I will play my second gig at the Alphabet Lounge located at 104 Ave C in New York. Cover charge is $10 pay in advance and save $2 off cover  . Offer ends Friday April 11.

Local guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall-Top 30 guitarists under 30

Trevor Gordon Hall of Collegeville, PA  has received accolades from Acoustic Guitar Magazine as being among the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 years old. Hall perform April 5th, 2014 Steel City Coffeehouse- Extraordinary Night of Guitars 8:00 PM 203 Bridge St Phoenixville, PA 19460 US 610-933-4043.


Visit Trevor Gordon Hall at

On Sale this Friday, March 14 @ Noon



June 19 @ 8 PM

Keswick Theatre

291 N. Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA

On Sale this Friday, March 14 @ Noon

It’s a perfect combination of the island-tinged blues of Taj Mahal and the soul-stirring gospel harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Two of music’s most enduring, prominent and influential artists take the richness of American roots music, and with inspired spirits of discovery and enthusiasm weave complex harmonies with a fervent blend of traditional and contemporary melodies.

Tickets available at Keswick,, at the Keswick Box Office & 215-572-7650


Senegal’s Frères Guissé to perform at Crossroads Music in Philadelphia on April 6

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Crossroads Music presents the Frères Guissé, three brothers from northern Senegal known for their close hamony singing, melodic acoustic guitars and gentle percussion. The brothers will present a 7:30 concert and free 6:00 children’s program at 801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets ($10-30), audio samples, and more information are available online at Recorded information is also available at 215-729-1028.

Djiby, Cheik and Aliou Guissé originate from Fouta Tooro, a northern region of Senegal that is also the birthplace of the singer and guitarist Baaba Maal. Based on different rhythms of the Toucouleur people (such as the Yela, whose weak first and stressed third beat said to be the ultimate ancestor of reggae) the Guissé brothers music is universal, for all ages and races.

This music is beautiful, sensitive, and well rooted in the traditions of West Africa. Djiby’s and Cheikh’s poetic lyrics, close harmony singing, and melodic acoustic guitars are joined by Aliou’s gentle percussion and harmonica notes drifting in the wind. This trio of musical brothers comes from the Fouta region of northern Senegal. They sing in several Senegalese languages, especially Pular (Peulh), their mother tongue, which is spoken in numerous countries in the Sahel region of West Africa.

The three brothers began performing in the early 1980s, when they were still at school and Djiby joined the group Jiw Bagne (Seed of Refusal) as a singer. This group, consisting mostly of high school students, stood out for its highly-committed lyrics against the existing power structure.

Two years later, these students became the group Jamm (Peace). Cheikh joined as a back-up singer and Aliou a percussionist. They began playing in clubs, deepened their musical learning, experimented with various styles, and became part of several other groups. In 1991, Diby and Cheikh decided to launch their own group, which Alioune joined two years later and by the late 90s they had become one of Dakar’s most popular groups. They began touring and recording internationally in the early 2000s and have now performed in Africa, Europe, and America.


The NJMEA Guitar Festival

The NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association) Guitar Festival
will be held at Wall High School on April 5th from
10:00-4:00. The festival will feature a concert and class by Israeli-born guitar virtuoso Tali Roth, who is the director of Classical Guitar studies at the Juilliard Pre-College division (see full bio and pic below).
The festival will also feature recitals by three young local virtuosi who have gone on to study with Ms. Roth at Juilliard: John Bogan, Joseph Douglass, and Ryan Johnson.
Mr. Bogan has won several competitions and is currently a student of David Starobin at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Wall High School and The Juilliard Pre-College division. Mr. Douglass is a senior at Pt. Pleasant High School and studies with Ms. Roth in the Juilliard Pre-College division. All three students studied with Keith Calmes, guitar teacher at Wall High School, and went on to study with Tali Roth.
The festival will also include a showcase for guitar ensembles (including the guitar ensemble from Rowan University), and a seminar on guitar education by Tom Amoriello from the NJMEA.
10:00-11:00: Student Ensemble Showcase
11:00-11:30: Joseph Douglass Recital
11:30-12:00 Ryan Johnson Recital
12:00-12:30 John Bogan Recital
12:30-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Maestro Tali Roth Recital
2:00-2:30 Tom Amoriello Guitar Education
2:30-3:30 Tali Roth Masterclass

For more information, click on the link below:

contact Keith Calmes at Wall High School:
Wall High School is at the corners of 18th Avenue and New Bedford Roads.
Wall High School is at the corners of 18th Avenue and New Bedford Roads.
On of the world leading and most charismatic guitarists, Tali Roth is Head of the Juilliard School Pre-College Guitar program and is an adjunct professor at NYU. She is ruining the guitar summer training program in Narnia festival, located in Narni , Italy; has presented master classes throughout the world , and taught at the Aspen music festival. 

Classical Guitar magazine hailed her “an extraordinary solo and chamber musician” and The NY Times “a marvelous classical Guitarist”. 

Her recent engagement include recording all the Classical Guitar sound tracks for the Woody Allen film “you will meet a tall dark stranger” released in 2010.
Since her Carnegie Hall debut she has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and her native Israel, appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (with violinist Midori), the Alvin Ailey theatre with Douglas Dunn and Dancers in the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance festival, Rose Hall home of Jazz at Lincoln Center with Grammy Nominee flutist Carol Wincenc, the Caramoor Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tel Aviv Henry Crown Hall, Teatro Presidente in San Salvador with El Salvador Philharmonic, Teatro Solis in Uruguay with Glamourtango, Haiyuza Theatre in Tokyo with Flamenco Komatsubara and Silvia Duran dance companies, Suzanne Dellal Center and in Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center with members of Israel and NY Philharmonics.
Ms. Roth has performed on stage in the New York Off-Broadway musical production of Nobel Prize Laureate Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey and by invitation for the U.N. in Washington for dignitaries such as former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and General Colin Powell.
She has won Top Prize in all categories at the Twenty-Third Masterplayers Music and Conductors Competition in Switzerland and the New York Artist International Competition Award.
Ms. Roth holds a BM from the Jerusalem Rubin academy and a MM from The Juilliard School.
Ms. Roth is playing is A Savarez Artist. 
For more info see



Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Updates

Connie_sheuSunday March 9, 2014 3pm the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents Connie Sheu in concert. This event takes place at Settlement Music School located at 416 Queen Street 19147. Ms. Shue’s program will include pieces by Gugliemi, Kavenagh, Presti, Gubaidulina, Assad and Kruisbrink. Ticket information available at

Grammy Award winner Sharon Isbin performs at the 2014 Philadelphia ClassicalGUitar Festival on April 26 2014. The performance will take place at Trinity Center for Urban Life located at 22nd & Spruce Street. Ticket and information available at

SEASON EXTENSION: The PCGS is planning 2 more concerts after the Festival in April.
Philadelphia Local Artists Concert
(repetetion of the concert cancelled in December)
Sunday May 11, 2014 -3PM
Settlement Music School – 416 Queen St.
Solo Duo Concert and Master Class!
One of the best guitar duos in the world
Concert:  Saturday June 7 at 7:30 pm
Master Class – June 8 at 10:00 am
Location TBDThe Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities.  
Information on all events and membership is available at

Renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

Spanish flamenco guitarist de Lucia plays a guitar during a rehearsal of closing concert of the Biennial of Flamenco in the Andalusian capital of Seville

MADRID Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:28am EST

(Reuters) – Paco de Lucia, the influential Spanish guitarist who vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco and merged it with other musical styles, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico.

The 66-year-old virtuoso, as happy playing seemingly impossible syncopated flamenco rhythms as he was improvising jazz or classical guitar, helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself at a time when it was shunned by the mainstream.

“I learned the guitar like a child learns to speak,” the guitarist said in a 2012 documentary.

Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, he became famous in the 1970s after recording bestselling album “Entre Dos Aguas”, becoming the first flamenco musician to perform at Madrid’s opera house Teatro Real in 1975.

Paco’s albums such as “El Duende Flamenco de Paco de Lucia” and “Almoraima” reinvented traditional flamenco.

He toured extensively with well known international artists and played with the likes of Carlos Santana and Al Di Meola, happy to expand flamenco rhythms into jazz, although that upset flamenco purists.

“It has been said, and rightly so, that Paco de Lucia has never been surpassed by anyone and guitar playing today would not be understood without his revolutionary figure,” Spain’s arts association SGAE said in a statement.

De Lucia went on to record flamenco jazz fusion with Di Meola and John McLaughlin in a series of now legendary concerts, and also recorded with Chick Corea.

He was highly acclaimed after playing Joaquin de Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” at London’s Festival Hall in 1991, attended by the composer himself, and considered one of the best interpretations of the piece.

De Lucia memorised the piece by ear as he did not read music, and gave it a distinctive flamenco flavor.

“With the guitar I’ve suffered a great deal, but when I’ve had a good time, the suffering seemed worthwhile,” he said in the documentary.

He also formed a partnership in the 1970s with singer Camaron de la Isla which played a large part in creating the New Flamenco movement.

A spokesman for the city hall in Algeciras, where de Lucia was born, confirmed his death and said the city had decreed two days of official mourning.

(Additional reporting by Rodrigo de Miguel and Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Fiona Ortiz,Angus MacSwan and Michael Roddy)