philadelphia classical guitar society

Reopening a closed case to find great discovery

While composing the composition People of the Rain I realized I needed a different feel than I had from the guitars I’ve been playing on lately. For no particular reason I haven’t played my Menkevich guitar for a few years. The said guitar is very special to me; Carlos Rubio introduced me to Luthier Michael Menkevick. From that introduction came my first custom guitar. My guitar hero also strummed an A chord on it, signed the head stock and heard me play an Allegra while her tour manager danced (turned out the tour manager was a flamenco dancer). On a hunch a few months ago I reopened a guitar case that has been closed. I reintroduced myself, apologized, polished the wood and restrung; the rhythms and melody poured out.

 

Kevin Cope Destination Unknown Vol. 1; Debut CD Available

Kevin Cope Classical guitarist and composer has released his first CD of original compositions for the guitar.
This is music that should be in the collection of anybody who loves the guitar. 
Artist website and purchase:  WWW.KEVINJCOPE.COM

Winners of the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society proudly announces the winners of the 2018 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 7 and 8 as the final event of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s 2017/2018 Season. Judges for these rounds were Glenn Caluda, Elizabeth Caluda, Jeff Cogan, John Penn, John Demko, Kerry Alt, and Joseph Palmer.
 
 Adult Division Winners: 
 
First Place and Peter Segal Prize*
Philip Goldenberg
Graduate of Rowan University (B.M.) studying under Joseph Mayes and Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.) studying under GRAMMY award winner Jason Vieaux
 

Second Place:
Zhi Li
Currently studying at the University of North Texas (Denton, TX) under Thomas Johnson
 
Third Place:
Mengyi Li
Currently studying at the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD) studying under Manuel Barrueco
 
Fourth Place:
Carlos Bedoya
Graduate of Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) studying under Kathleen Mayes
 
 
*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:
Everett Shen
Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Westminster Conservatory of Music (Princeton, NJ)
Student of Mark Johnstone
 
Second Place:
Evan Conrad
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
Student of John Arnold
 
Third Place:
Darla Rublesky
Home schooled
Student of Lora Rublesky
 
Fourth Place:
Harshil Bhular
Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Westminster Conservatory of Music (Princeton, NJ)
Student of Mark Johnstone
 
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.

Manuel Barrueco Philadelphia April 7, 2018

 

Sat, April 7, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 South 38th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.

His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world such as the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. He has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and Hong Kong, and in Latin America he has performed in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Barrueco’s commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, and Toru Takemitsu.

Manuel Barrueco has appeared on a wide array of television programs including “CBS Sunday Morning”, A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts”, and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. He was featured in a Lexus car commercial, and his work in music inspired Michael Lawrence’s biographical documentary: “Manuel Barrueco: A Gift and a Life”.

Barrueco’s recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine.

In 2007 Manuel Barrueco received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for his Solo Piazzolla, which was the first recording to be released on his exclusive Manuel Barrueco Collection on Tonar Music. Tango Sensations and Sounds of the Americas followed in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the latter received a Latin Grammy Award for “Inca Dances” by Gabriela Lena Frank for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” In 2010 he released, Tárrega!, which received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album,” Medea, which includes Barrueco’s arrangement of the ballet by flamenco guitarist/composer Manolo Sanlúcar recorded with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Víctor Pablo Pérez conducting and received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Album” as well. His latest release is China West, a recording of guitar trios in collaboration with his protégés, the Beijing Guitar Duo.

Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight in his native Cuba and he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967 as political refugees. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the word.

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YOUNG IK JANG CLASSICAL GUITAR 3/24

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

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

2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival

The annual festival will feature a vast array of events for guitarists of all ages including:
 

More details and events: http://www.phillyguitar.org

Celil Refik Kaya, guitar Philadelphia

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
Settlement Music School
416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil Refik Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States, highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Boston Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Indiana International Guitar Compeition and Boston Guitar Competition. In 2017 He has been awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizettti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul.

Mr. Kaya performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States including solo recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses on the D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, The Frick Collection Museum in NYC Summer Artists series, New York Guitar Seminar Festival at Mannes College, Round Top Festival in Texas, Brevard Music Festival, Raritan River Music Festival and Ankara International Music Festival, also numerous Radio broadcast and concert performances throughout United States and Turkey.

Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also known as an avid composer where he has more than 100 pieces including works for orchestra, solo guitar, violin, piano, string trio, duets and many others. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Sydney’s Opera House. His selected works were published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada and FDPublications in the United States.

Celil Refik Kaya is the third recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks –Early Career Musician Fellowship as well as holding the Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman.

PROGRAM:
New York City Sonata by Celil Refik Kaya
The Water is Wide (Traditional) arr. by Celil Refik Kaya
At the Party by Celil Refik Kaya
Baião, Minyo, Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi
Romanza, Choro de Saudade, Vals No. 3 Op. 3, Danza Paraguaya No. 1 by Agustin Mangore Barrios
Salsa, Celil’s Prelude and Dance, Little Rhapsody by Jorge Morel

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Friday, November 17

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Co-Presented with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Friday, November 17, 8 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Ticket information: https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/cart/

Tariq Harb in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents
Tariq Harb
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00pm*
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA (free parking)
*tickets will be sold at the door

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Halloween Trilogy for Guitar

After a search for Halloween music for classical guitar to teach his students turned up nothing Keith Calmes did what a composer does; he composed what his students wanted and what he needed. Halloween Trilogy for Guitar Solo is the new series of student pieces written by Calmes.  The ghoulish trilogy offers a spooky selection of music that is fun to practice and nice to listen to while relaxing in your crypt over a bowl of eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog chowder. The cauldron of melodies are happy and innocent and they double double, boil without toil and trouble. The fire burns, and the caldron bubbles with their dark hints of European exoticism.

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Sample and purchase Halloween Trilogy; available through Guitar Chamber Music Press. 

Keith earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. He also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Musica en Compostela in Spain. Additional studies with Leo Brouwer, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia were significantly formative experiences.
Artist website: www.keithcalmes.com