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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

 

Masterclass with Antigoni Goni

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April 10, 2016
Masterclass with Antigoni Goni
Submission Deadline EXTENDED: March 23, 2016
 
 
Don’t let your students miss the chance to perform in a master class with Antigoni Goni at the 2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival.
 
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, 2038 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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 

 

 

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 
 
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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/

Christopher Wilke, solo baroque lute October 11, 2015

Presented by the Phildadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St (free parking)
Tickets available at the door:
General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10 

Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music under renowned lutenist, Paul O’Dette. He now teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. Dr. Wilke has performed widely in both Europe and the U.S. He has done live on-air performances and interviews for WGUC, WNKU and WVXU radio stations where his recordings were also featured. Notable appearances include a performance with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and solo concerts at the European Lute Festival in Fuessen, Germany and the Lute Society of America’s 2010 Festival.
PROGRAM: 
Fantasie und Fuga by Paulo Carlo Durant 
Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 by J.S. Bach 
Variations on “Nun danket alle Gott” by Adam Falckenhagen 
L’Amant Malheureux by J. Gallot/S.L. Weiss 
Koyunbaba, Op. 19 (1985) by Carlo Domeniconi
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                                CD available at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ChristopherWilke1

Winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) proudly announces the winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions
The 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition included High School and Adult Divisions and included competitors from around the world.  Awards included the $1000 Peter Segal prize for the first place Adult Division winner and additional prizes and performance opportunities for winners in separate Adult and High School divisions. For the 2015 competition students submitted their applications along with recordings of required repertoire. Finalists were selected after performing in the semifinal round on April 11, 2015.  The finalists then performed on April 12, 2015 and were judged by the prestigious judges William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Glen Caluda (Shenandoah University), Elizabeth Caluda (Shenandoah University), Marisol Rampolla (Community College of Philadelphia), Manena Contreras (Venezuela).
Adult Division Winners

PCGS Competition 2015 - Adult Division Winners
First:
Alec Holcomb
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Holcomb studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Holcomb is a native of Nashville, TN.
Second:
Xiaobo Pu
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Pu studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Pu is a native of Beijing, China.
Third:
Jess Freedman
A professor of guitar at Rider University Mr. Freedman received his bachelor’s degree at Guilford College under guitarist Kami Rowan and his master’s degree at the University of Southern California under guitarists William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Mr. Freedman is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Fourth:
Carlos Bedoya
Currently a student at Rowan University, Mr. Bedoya studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.  Mr. Bedoya is a native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
High School Division Winners
 PCGS Competition 2015 - High School Division Winners
First:
Benjamin Lauring
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Lauring studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Second:
Daniel Choe
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Choe studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Third:
Nathan Constans
Currently a student at Haddon Township High School, Mr. Constans studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.
Fourth:
Matthew Tantoy

In Memory of Duane Large Classical Guitar

Philadelphia Guitar News is saddened to learn of the passing of one of Philadelphia’s fine classical guitarists Duane Large. In addition to the guitar Duane played many styles of music on the mandolin, lute, piano and percussion instruments. Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of  Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Learn more about Duane Large by visiting his website: www.duanelarge.com. Our condolences to his wife and family. A memorial concert is planned for family, friends and fans information: https://www.facebook.com/events/640300262744501/

 

John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey 1st place winner in GFA’s 2014 competition

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Congratulations to John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey in winning 1st place in this years Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition Senior Division ages 15-18. John’s placement in first position earns him $1,000 lots of guitar strings and a full paid scholarship and airfare to Montana’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival.

John has studied with David Cohen (this sites creator) and Keith Calmes of Wall, NJ. John is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of David Starobin. In 2011 John entered his first competition in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Annual Guitar Competition taking home 1st place  in his division. In the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition John preformed  Prelude #2 -Villa-Lobos  and Think Fast and Open Up Your Ears- Bryan Johanson for the 1st round and the 2nd round performed Sevilla, Albeniz, Open Up Your Ears-Johanson and Minuetto from Opus 31- Matiegka.

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Meany/Simmons Flute & Classical Guitar Duo Sunday May 18th

Meany/Simmons Flute and Classical Guitar Duo in recital           meany simons

Sunday May 18th – 4 pm
Christ Church Ithan –
536 Conestoga Road
Villanova, PA
www.christchurchithan.org
or 610 688-1110

The duo will perform works by Desportes, Ibert, Pujol, Faure, Krouse and Merlin. Free Will Offering.

MICHAEL SIMMONS studied with John Leonard and Peter Segal and has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Oscar Ghiglia. He was the winner of the 1993 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and a finalist at the 1995 National Guitar Summer Workshop Concerto Competition. As a member of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio, Mr. Simmons has performed nationally and internationally, including the 1999 Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico and for the Third Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Panamá 1999. Mr. Simmons is an active solo and ensemble guitarist and performs regularly with flautist Thomas Meany and vocalist Lizette Casals.

Thomas Meany is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he studied with Adeline Tomasone and Loren Lind, later studying with Harold Bennett in New York City. Tom is currently a graduate assistant and a candidate for a Masters of Music from Rowan University He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Summertrio Chamber Music Festival and the Puccini Opera Orchestra in Italy. Thomas has played master classes with leading flautist such as the late Murray Panitz, Chicago Symphony’s Donald Peck, Samuel Baron at New York University and Toshio Takahashi at the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute. In addition to performing regularly with guitarist Michael Simmons and the Walnut Street Chamber Trio Mr.Meany has performed in recital for the Matinee Music Club, the Philadelphia Cultural Council, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Department of Recreation and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT). He has played flute for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra Society, the Haddonfield Symphony, and the Lansdowne Symphony. Mr. Meany is a Certified Suzuki Instructor and has recently received three consecutive scholarships from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He teaches for Instrumental Music Programs and the Settlement Music School. He is the current Vice-President of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. Tom playes a Brannen-Cooper Flute.

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