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The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society event calendar features classical guitar events throughout the Delaware Valley and the greater Delaware area. If you would like us to include your event, please send us the information via our contact page with the date of the event as the subject line.

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November, 2019

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Leonard Ranallo

Add event to googleSaturday November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pmShow in Google mapUniversity Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAAdmission: FREE
Location: University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Parking: Free parking in lot or paid parking in street
Presenter: self

I’ll be performing a FREE solo recital at Uni Lu on November 23. Playing through some favs by Bach, Tarrega, and Satie, as well as my own arrangements of some Debussy Preludes.

For more information about this event, please visit www.facebook.com/events/436681463699236/.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
December, 2019

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Professional Members Concert & Holiday Party (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday December 1, 2019 at 3:00 pmAdmission: $30 General , $20 Student/Senior, FREE admission to Members (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Acknowledging and appreciating the artists that live in our vicinity is essential to ensuring the longevity of all fields of the arts. The arts flourish not just in distant havens such as Paris, New York, or Tokyo, but also in the homes of our neighbors in Philadelphia. Our talented membership includes guitar builders, composers, instructors, professional performers, and college professors. This annual concert is our homage to the many talented members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

We invite you to join us for the concert and stay for our post-concert Holiday Party where you can meet other members and local artists and celebrate the holiday season.

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3506923.
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleTuesday December 3, 2019 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on December 3, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-15/.
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleThursday December 5, 2019 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on December 5, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-16/.
 

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Zach Alex Student Recital (WCU)

Add event to googleSaturday December 7, 2019 at 12:00 pmShow in Google mapWare Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383, USAAdmission: FREE
Location: Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383
Parking: Free parking in lot
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu.

Zach Alex Student Recital
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
January, 2020

12

John Marcel Williams (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday January 12, 2020 at 3:00 pmShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: $30 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Member (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

John Marcel Williams is an American classical guitarist establishing a reputation as a virtuoso soloist. He has been awarded over 20 prizes at young artist competitions across the country, including first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and 2nd prize at the international Guitar Foundation of America Young Artist Competition. In addition he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition. He entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD when he was 16 where he studied with classical guitar legend Manuel Barrueco.

Williams unique musicality combined with virtuosic technique has led him to numerous solo performances. He is frequently invited to perform and teach at venues across the United States as well as internationally. Most recently in 2018, John toured Panama as a guest artist for the Panama Guitar Festival where he not only performed but gave masterclasses and adjudicated for the Panama Guitar Competition. Other recent concerts include solo recitals at Oberlin College and Moravian college. John Marcel has made numerous media appearances on various radio and TV programs, most notably performing on NPR’s program, “From the Top,” where he was also awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Future engagements for Mr. Williams include a performance of Elmer Bernstein’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Wheeling Symphony, and as a featured artist for the upcoming season of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

John began to study the guitar at age 10 and his talents were quickly noticed by the late Aron Shearer, who encouraged him to continue his pursuit as a classical guitarist. John went on to study with Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory at age 13, under whose guidance he began to gain attention winning competitions across the United States. He also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival after an invitation from Sharon Isbin, professor of guitar at the Juilliard School.

Williams started his collegiate studies with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute of Music in 2011, and received both his undergraduate and masters degree in guitar performance. He is currently enrolled at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying under Grammy award winning artist Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3506924.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday January 26, 2020 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
February, 2020

1

Irina Kulikova (BCGS)

Add event to googleSaturday February 1, 2020 at 8:00 pmShow in Google mapArts & Humanities Building, UMBC, Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250Admission: $35 General, $30 Member
Location: Arts & Humanities Building, UMBC, Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250
Parking: free parking in lot or street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org

With the rare beauty of her tone and and her enchanting presence on stage, Russian guitarist Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that tell something pure and special with their instrument in a seemingly effortless flow. Soundboard Magazine (USA) wrote: “Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard.”

Irina was scheduled to perform in Baltimore in February of 2017 but was denied a visa to come to the United States. Maryland senators and representatives stepped in and Irina now has a visa to come perform in Baltimore.

For more information about this event, please visit www.bcgs.org/event/irina-kulikova/.
 

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Masterclass with Stephen Robinson (WCUPA)

Add event to googleThursday February 6, 2020 at 4:00 pmAdmission: FREE
Location: TBD
Parking: TBD
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu

GST Master Class: Stephen Robinson: masterclass on vocal/guitar repertoire
 

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Stephen Robinson with Stephen Ng, tenor (WCU)

Add event to googleThursday February 6, 2020 at 8:15 pmShow in Google mapMadeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High St West Chester, PA 19383Admission: FREE
Location: Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High St West Chester, PA 19383
Parking: free parking in lot
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu

West Chester University Wells School of Music proudly presents...

Guest Artist: Stephen Robinson, guitar; with Stephen Ng, tenor

Learn more: srobinsonguitar.com

Free and Open to the Public
Tickets Not Required

Program: TBA
 

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Masterclass with Gohar Vardanyan (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 9, 2020 at 10:00 amShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: Free to audit
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed 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, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States 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 International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with 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.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.

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.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings. ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3547832.
 

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Gohar Vardanyan (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 9, 2020 at 3:00 pmShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: $30 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Member (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed 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, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States 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 International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with 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.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.

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.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings. ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3507004.
 

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Masterclass with Bokyung Byun

Add event to googleSaturday February 22, 2020 at 1:30 pmAdmission: Free to audit, $20 to perform
Location: The West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Road Wilmington, DE 19809
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Wilmington Classical Guitar wilmingtonguitar.org

A masterclass is a public lesson in which a visiting artist listens to and critiques students one at a time in front of an audience so that everyone in attendance may benefit from their instruction.

The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Bokyung Byun has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Bokyung and have her critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies).

Space is limited. Reserve your spot as a performer or auditor today!

Be sure not to miss our concert with Bokyung Byun February 22 at 7:30 pm at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant! View full event info and read more about Bokyung at www.wilmingtonguitar.org/bokyung-byun/.

Please register for the class through our online store at www.wilmingtonguitar.o.....byun/.
 

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Bokyung Byun with special guest Tom Potts

Add event to googleSaturday February 22, 2020 at 7:30 pmAdmission: $20 General Admission, $15 Senior/Student Admission, $10 WCGS/PCGS Member Admission
Location: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
Parking: Free parking in lot or street
Presenter: Wilmington Classical Guitar wilmingtonguitar.org

We first became aware of Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun in 2016 when we witnessed her breathtaking performance that won her the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s International Guitar Competition. Bokyung’s winner’s recital the following year was equally stunning, and her subsequent major competition wins, including the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in 2018, assured us that we must get her to perform for us in Wilmington. Now, nearly 4 years later, Wilmington Classical Guitar is pleased to present Bokyung Byun in what will no doubt be a recital to remember.

Works by works by Gerhard, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dowland, Sierra, Sohn, Regondi, Haug, and Walton.

Guest Opening Artist: Tom Potts

A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

MASTERCLASS
2/22/20: Bokyung Byun will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, February 22 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Ms. Byun has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Bo and have her critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
A performer, educator, and doctoral candidate, Korean guitarist ​Bokyung Byun​ enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after artists in the world, sparked by her staggering number of first-place finishes in international competitions and proven by her numerous performances across Asia and North America. Known for her performances that elevate contemporary compositions alongside traditional repertoire, she is praised by ​The Guitar​ for having “fleet-fingered, delicate precision,” and her performing is celebrated by ​Classical Guitar Magazine​ as “confident and quite extraordinary.”

A true trailblazer, Ms. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Byun’s performance as “stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship.” This win is among many wherein Byun excelled in the competitive circuit, including first-prize finishes at the Frances Walton Competition, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition.

Always pushing the envelope forward, Ms. Byun’s concert program often features contemporary music alongside traditional repertoire. As Bokyung herself says, “As much as possible, it’s vital and exciting to audiences for concerts to join the new with the old. For guitar music to continue to grow, I believe that new works must actively be cultivated in programming, and it is my hope that audiences leave my performances with new experiences.”

This skill at navigating both classic repertoire and fresh work has led to a variety of solo experiences with orchestra, including with the Buffalo Philharmonic, West Los Angeles Symphony, New Juilliard Ensemble, The Little Orchestra Society, the Euro-Asian Philharmonic, and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. Also known for her versatility, Ms. Byun regularly performs within the orchestra as ensemble member, including a performance as part of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect under Sir Simon Rattle.

With her perspectives, techniques, and experience, Ms. Byun actively contributes to the music community in multiple venues. Thus, a bevy of festivals, workshops, and guitar societies look to her as a solo recitalist and for masterclasses, including the Kumho Young Artist Series, Philadelphia Guitar Festival, Toronto Guitar Weekend, Guitar Montréal, Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, Ventura Guitar Society, Knoxville Guitar Society, and Daejeon Guitar Festival, among others. As a pedagogue, she has served three years as instructor of Chamber Music at the Aspen Music Festival and through The Juilliard School, served as Guitar Instructor and Ensemble Director of the school’s Music Advancement Program, and served primary school students in partnership with the City College of the Arts and George Jackson Academy.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Bokyung Byun began playing guitar at the age of six. At eleven, she took the stage for her first full-length solo recital, leading to an early start in her teen years performing numerous concert tours around Korea, to enthusiastic response, including millions of views on YouTube. By her teen years, she had gained national attention for first-prize finishes in three renowned competitions: the Korea Guitar Association, the Music Association of Korea, and the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition.

Byun soon moved to the United States, where she briefly studied in Los Angeles before moving to New York City, where she entered The Juilliard School at the age of sixteen. She is now pursuing a fully-funded doctoral degree at the University of Southern California as the recipient of the prestigious International Artist Fellowship, and holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. She is grateful to the masterful instruction of her pedagogues, who include Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Chen Zhi, Tae-soo Kim, and Sharon Isbin.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 23, 2020 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleTuesday February 25, 2020 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on February 25, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-17/.
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleThursday February 27, 2020 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on February 27, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-18/.
 

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