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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Winners of the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society proudly announces the winners of the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition featuring the Peter Segal Prize for the first place Adult Division winner.  Winners received merchandise prizes generously supplied by D’Addario, Savarez, and Strings by Mail with monetary awards for first through third place winners as well.
 
Comprised of three judging rounds competitors were first judged via recordings submitted with applications.  The semifinal and final rounds were then performed as part of the two day festival on April 8 and 9  in celebration of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s 50th Anniversary Season.  Judges for these rounds were Jeff Cogan, Manley Mallard, John Arnold, Dan Boring, Glen Caluda, John Demko, Keith Calmes, and GRAMMY Award winning guitarist David Russell.
 
 
Adult Division Winners: 
 
First Place and Peter Segal Prize*
Oscar Somersalo
Graduate of Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD) where he studied with Manuel Barruico and Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) graduate
 
Second Place:
Carlos Bedoya
Graduate of Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) where he studied with Kathleen Mayes
 
Third Place:
Stephen Brew
Ph.D. candidate at Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN) where he studies with Ernesto Bitetti
Adjunct professor of guitar at Stonehill College (Easton, MA)
 
Fourth Place:
Leonard Ranallo
Graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (Oberlin, OH) where he studied with Stephen Aron
 
 
*The Peter Segal Prize
The Peter Segal Prize, first prize adult division, was created in 2008 to honor Peter Segal, one of the most important figures in the history of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and the classical guitar in Philadelphia. Originally funded through donation, the $1000 prize is now funded by PCGS and its sponsors. Peter was a prominent musician in Philadelphia and a founding member of the society in 1967. He performed with a variety of ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Concerto Soloists, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and Relâche. His career included both domestic and international touring as a solo guitarist and in a flute/guitar duo with flutist Janet Ketchum. Peter Segal was also a well regarded teacher and scholar and founded classical guitar programs at several institutions including the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He continued to be an active performer and teacher until he passed away in January 2006. His legacy is enhanced by the large number of his students who have gone on to professional careers as teachers and performers.
 
High School Division Winners:
 
First Place:
Benjamin Pasternak
Home schooled
Student of Mark Johnstone
 
Second Place:
Darla Rublesky
Home schooled
Student of Lora Rublesky
 
Third Place:
Mahima Reddy
Upper St. Clair High School
Student of Scott Elliott
 
Fourth Place:
Justin McCarty
Sun Valley High School
Student of Nick Doak
 
Founded in 1967, The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) 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, PCGS presents concerts throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra providing performance opportunities to members of all levels.

Chaos Theory in the UK 2016

In the middle of August 2016 I embarked on my first tour of Ireland and the UK. Ireland was spent performing on the bagpipes while touring with the Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelagh’s. The band had the honor of performing at the Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee, Ireland along with a few other gigs.
We ended in Dublin, from Dublin I went on to Scotland where I studied bagpiping for a few days at the Piping Center in Glasgow then onto Edinburgh for the Military Tattoo and solo guitar recital at St. Giles Cathedral located on the Royal Mile. My musical intro to Edinburgh was a pop up concert at a local coffee house the day before the cathedral gig. After the recital it was straight to the Edinburgh Airport for my flight to London for gigs in Sandwich and London.
The first stop was Sandwich where I was given the opportunity to record at St.Peters Church which dates back to the 13th century. Amazing place how sweet the sound! My gig that brought me to  Sandwich was in a pub called Hop and Huffkin’s. I was part of their Tuesday night acoustic sessions. On my day off I was taking a bus to Canterbury where I ran into a couple reading an article about me in the local arts magazine. They were the only others that went to the top of the double decker bus.
My last gig was at The Troubadour on Old Brompton Street in London. Joan Armatrading, Hendrix and Zeppelin all got their start there.  Chaos Theory live was met with enthusiasm and many bought the CD. At the Troubadour I opened for a band called ALBA; they are a band to keep an eye on.
Chaos Theory is easy to obtain by clicking on this link: Chaos Theory  or this one Chaos Theory (check out the great review on this one). It’s also available on iTunes.

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Duo Firenze fortepiano and guitar duo

DUO FIRENZE
Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 3 PM
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Sts
General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

DUO FIRENZE
Duo Firenze is a major force in the discovery and authentic performance of early 19th-century music for guitar and fortepiano duet. Touring with their own period Viennese fortepiano and 19th- century guitars, they give audiences a rare visual and sonic experience. The duo was formed in 1990 after a discovery of works for the medium of guitar and fortepiano. Duo Firenze takes it name from the Italian city of Florence, the birthplace of the fortepiano and where the six-stringed guitar flourished. A prizewinner in the Concorso Internazional “Arturo Toscanini” for chamber music in Italy, Duo Firenze has not only dedicated themselves to giving revival performances to this once forgotten art, but has succeeded in delighting audiences in the United States and Europe.
In past summers, Duo Firenze has been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the Accademia L’Ottocento in Rome and Verbania. Duo Firenze is the receipient of grants from Radford University, Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory and from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) having been on the VCA’s touring roster for five seasons. Their compact disc “Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for fortepiano and guitar” (DIS80156), featuring world premieres has received accolades from the US to the Far East and is available internationally on the Dorian label (Dorian 80156 http://www.dorian.com). Information about the duo can be found at: http://www.radford.edu/~rstrent and at http://www.duofirenze.com.

 

Program:

 

Grande Sonata for fortepiano and guitar, Op. 102 by Anton Diabelli
Two Sonatas by Ferdinando Carulli
Variazioni sopra ‘Nel cor piu non mi sento’e Polonaise by Mauro Giuliani
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La Source du Lyson Op. 47 by Napoleon Coste
Second Nocturne, Op. 44 by Francesco Molino
Deux Duos, Op. 233, No. 1 by Ferdinando Carulli

2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival

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Announcing the 2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society featuring Greek guitar virtuoso Antigoni Goni, multiple competition winning guitarist Matthew Palmer, and 2015 Philadephia Classical Guitar Competition winner Alec Holcomb.
The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society is pleased to announce the 2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival to be held April 9-10, 2016 with an opening concert by Greek guitar virtuoso Antigoni Goni on April 9 at 7:30pm at Trinity Center for Urban Life in Philadelphia, PA and a full day of events on April 10, 2016 at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA.
The festival will feature concerts by guitar legend Antigoni Goni, 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition winner Alec Holcomb, and a closing concert with the PCGS orchestra and young virtuoso Matthew Palmer.  Other events will include a masterclass with Antigoni Goni, workshops, student recitals, and a vendor fair which include guitar builders, composers, guitar accessories, guitar repair, and sheet music vendors.
This festival is partly made possible by the generous support from the D’Addario Foundation.
This year’s artists have received acclaim around the world:
Antigoni Goni “… In her hands every tone is a whole world in itself. Pulled together, the result is a cosmos of sound and melodies…” THE SALBAU-Germany
Matthew Palmer “Classical guitarist Matt Palmer is one of a kind. Combining the soul of an artist, the technical virtuosity of the highest caliber and a heightened sense of musicality, Palmer’s uniqueness is also his greatest strength. While other guitarists possess a comparable level of expression, technicality and musicality, to find them all in one player, and at a young age, is a rare occurrence to say the least.” – Guitar International Magazine
Recent first prize wins include the East Carolina Guitar Competition (2014) and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition (2015). Alec received 4th prize at the renowned Parkening International Guitar Competition (2015). Most recently, Alec won 2nd place at Columbus State University Guitar Competition (2016).
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival
Opening Concert
April 9, 2016 7:30pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General $30; Student/Senior $20; Members $15. Premium seating & post-concert reception: $75 for one/$100 for two.
Full Day Festival
April 10, 2016 9:30am-6pm
Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch
416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA
Full day festival pass: General $45; Members $40
Closing Concert (4pm): General $25; Senior/Student $15; Member $10
Student Recitals: $10
Antigoni Goni Masterclass (2pm): $15
Alec Holcomb Recital/Student Competition Finals/Professional Workshops:
Included with Any Other Individual Ticket

 

Chaos Theory by David Cohen

david cohen guitar chaos theoryChaos Theory is my 2nd studio recording of original pieces. The compositions are purely me living  in my world of rhythm and melody. The music was composed between July 2014 and December 2015; each peice written for and on an Ovation classical guitar. The guitar used in the Chaos Theory recording is an Ovation classical cutaway, model 1773AX.

Signals by David Cohen from Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory is six stories. Each story is rooted an individual’s fight for health and security. In the piece that closes the recording, A long Memory of Kindness, my inspiration behind the piece came from a brief period of time with a person that lost the ability of movement from the neck down. Slowly minor movement was visible in one arm.  When it was time to move on in the continuum of care the person told me that the goal was to write a letter to say thank you. The person went on to say, “I have a long memory of kindness. When I can, I want to write everyone who has helped me to thank them. People have been so kind.”

A long Memory of Kindness was written to close out Chaos Theory presenting the most fundamental premise; kindness.
Click link for more information 

 

 

Live Classical Guitar Friday Night’s

I want to find places in the Philadelphia area that really support classical guitar. If you know of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores or anyplace that have live classical guitar pass the info on.

I stumbled on this place a few weeks ago:
Bella Tori at the Mansion
Address: 321 South Bellevue Avenue
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
Phone: (215) 702-9600
http://www.bellatori.com/

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Friday night’s classical guitarist Robert Schulze plays from 5pm- 9pm. Visit Robert’s website:rtsguitar.com
It’s a great night out; Robert is an excellent guitarist and the food is really really good. Friday night you can BYOB. All the more enticing and well worth any travel time to get to Langhorne.

 

EMMA RUSH, solo guitar March 13, 2016

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Presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society 
 
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3pm 
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St (free parking)

Tickets available at the door 

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

 

Over the past decade, Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists. Known for her innovative programming and powerful stage presence, an event with Rush is one to remember. Her career has commanded world recognition with recent highlights including a tour of China starting with the Altamira Shanghai International Guitar Festival, appearances at the Festival de Guitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), the Lonestar Guitar Festival(Texas), and a prestigious concert at the famed Internationales Gitarren Symposion, Iserlohn (Germany). She performs throughout North America with upcoming appearances in Philadelphia (PA), Louisville (KY), Buffalo (NY), and many Canadian dates as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist with orchestra, Rush will be performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Symphony on the Bay in Burlington. 
 
Emma Rush was chosen for a coveted Debut Atlantic tour in 2016 -17 with concerts throughout the Maritime provinces. She has been selected as a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. 
 
Folklórica, Rush’s much-anticipated debut CD, was released in the fall of 2014. She is on faculty at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. She completed her graduate studies at the Hochschule für Music in Detmold, Germany and holds a BMus from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.
 
PROGRAM:
Candombe en mi                                             Máximo Diego Pujol
 
Junto al generalife                                           Joaquín Rodrigo En los trigales
 
Variations on an Anatolian Folksong           Carlo Domeniconi 
 
Jongo                                                                Paulo Bellinati 
 
-INTERMISSION- 
 
10 Etudes Simples                                           Leo Brouwer 
Canción de Cuna 
 
Garuda:Ballade for Guitar                               Oliver Hunt 
 
Suite del Recuerdo                                          José Luis Merlin
 

Keith Calmes February 14 Medford, NJ

It’s the day of love.
Spend the time with the instrument we all love.

February 14, 2016
3:00-4:00
Medford Arts Center
Medford, NJ
http://medfordartscenter.org/