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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.

Please note that, due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person concerts have been postponed or cancelled. It is beyond our ability to update every listing as cancellations occur, so please be sure to check the event links available in each listing to ensure the event you’d like to attend is still taking place.

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October, 2021

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Masterclass with Jordan Dodson

Add event to googleSaturday October 23, 2021 at 1:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USAAdmission: 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 award-winning guitarist Jordan Dodson has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Jordan and have him 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 Jordan Dodson Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30 pm at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant! View full event info and read more about Jordan at www.wilmingtonguitar.org/jordan-dodson/.

Please register for the class through our online store at wilmingtonguitar.org/.../masterclass-with-jordan.../.

Doors for the masterclass open at 1:00 pm.

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PLEASE NOTE: vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to attend all WCG events this season. Please bring proof of your current COVID-19 vaccination (your vaccination card, or a photocopy or photo of your card) with you to the box office. We will check these at every event.

Per CDC guidelines, mask wearing will also be required for everyone while in the building, with the exception of the artists while performing. We will also be operating at a reduced capacity, and social distancing to your comfort level is encouraged.

Before attending a WCG event this season, please familiarize yourself with all of our updated policies by reading our COVID FAQ wilmingtonguitar.org/covid-faq/. Policies are subject to change.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Performance Today describes classical guitarist Jordan Dodson as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” A winner of Astral‘s 2013 National Auditions, he is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He has also received awards from the 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Mr. Dodson’s recent performance and teaching schedule has taken him across the U.S. and abroad to venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Roulette (Brooklyn), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), and to such music festivals as the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Festival Daniou (France).

An advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally, including works by Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Robert Sirota, and Gabriella Smith. He performs in several New York City chamber ensembles including Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and Contemporaneous, and he recently collaborated with such acclaimed artists as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Ransom Wilson. He can be heard on the album Subject on Tzadik Records.

In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dodson was one of two students selected to inaugurate the Curtis Institute of Music’s classical guitar studio, bringing to the school not only a new instrument, but also new repertoire and new possibilities for music-making. Curtis Dean John Mangan said Dodson fulfilled the school’s need for “ambassadors for the instrument and its repertoire who could create interest among their peers, along with a desire to collaborate.”

​Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan Dodson started playing music at a young age. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, and his teachers have included Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He plays a Gary Lee guitar.
 

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Jordan Dodson (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday October 23, 2021 at 7:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USAAdmission: $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


The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring back Jordan Dodson, who we featured in 2014 in our first collaboration with Philadelphia non-profit LiveConnections at World Cafe Live at the Queen. Jordan floored us with his imaginative interpretations, flawless technique, and undaunted adventurousness, and we’re happy to be able to welcome him back to our stage. Jordan has the distinction of being the first graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music Guitar Program, started in 2011 under Jason Vieaux and David Starobin. Since graduating from Curtis, Jordan has performed extensively as an Astral Artist, and has been a huge advocate of new music for the guitar, giving many world premieres.

Works by Carter, Dyens, Gillespie, Sor, Takemitsu, Legnani, and The Beatles

Doors open at 7:00.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

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PLEASE NOTE: vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to attend all WCG events this season. Please bring proof of your current COVID-19 vaccination (your vaccination card, or a photocopy or photo of your card) with you to the box office. We will check these at every event.

Per CDC guidelines, mask wearing will also be required for everyone while in the building, with the exception of the artists while performing. We will also be operating at a reduced capacity, and social distancing to your comfort level is encouraged.

Before attending a WCG event this season, please familiarize yourself with all of our updated policies by reading our COVID FAQ wilmingtonguitar.org/covid-faq/. Policies are subject to change.
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MASTERCLASS
10/23/21: Jordan Dodson will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, October 23 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 Mr. Dodson has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Jordan and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Performance Today describes classical guitarist Jordan Dodson as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation.” A winner of Astral‘s 2013 National Auditions, he is an active soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He has also received awards from the 2011 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the 2010 Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the 2008 American String Teachers Association Competition. In 2013, he was a Young Artist in Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Mr. Dodson’s recent performance and teaching schedule has taken him across the U.S. and abroad to venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York City), Roulette (Brooklyn), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá), and to such music festivals as the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Festival Daniou (France).

An advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Dodson has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally, including works by Lewis Nielson, Elliot Cole, Robert Sirota, and Gabriella Smith. He performs in several New York City chamber ensembles including Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and Contemporaneous, and he recently collaborated with such acclaimed artists as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Ransom Wilson. He can be heard on the album Subject on Tzadik Records.

In the fall of 2011, Mr. Dodson was one of two students selected to inaugurate the Curtis Institute of Music’s classical guitar studio, bringing to the school not only a new instrument, but also new repertoire and new possibilities for music-making. Curtis Dean John Mangan said Dodson fulfilled the school’s need for “ambassadors for the instrument and its repertoire who could create interest among their peers, along with a desire to collaborate.”

​Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jordan Dodson started playing music at a young age. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, and his teachers have included Clare Callahan, David Starobin, and Jason Vieaux. He plays a Gary Lee guitar.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday October 24, 2021 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.  
 
November, 2021

13

Masterclass with Phil Goldenberg (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday November 13, 2021 at 1:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USA
Admission: 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 award-winning guitarist Phil Goldenberg has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Phil and have him 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 Phil Goldenberg Saturday, November 13th at 7:30 pm at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant! View full event info and read more about Phil at www.wilmingtonguitar.org/phil-goldenberg/.

Please register for the class through our online store at wilmingtonguitar.org/.../masterclass-with-phil.../.

Doors for the masterclass open at 1:00 pm.

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PLEASE NOTE: vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to attend all WCG events this season. Please bring proof of your current COVID-19 vaccination (your vaccination card, or a photocopy or photo of your card) with you to the box office. We will check these at every event.

Per CDC guidelines, mask wearing will also be required for everyone while in the building, with the exception of the artists while performing. We will also be operating at a reduced capacity, and social distancing to your comfort level is encouraged.

Before attending a WCG event this season, please familiarize yourself with all of our updated policies by reading our COVID FAQ wilmingtonguitar.org/covid-faq/. Policies are subject to change.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Performing as a soloist, Phil Goldenberg has established himself as one of his generation’s leading guitarists. Through his expressive and sensitive playing he has moved audiences in concert halls and festivals around the world.

In 2020, Phil co-founded the non-profit organization Ex-Aequo, a classical guitar advocacy group dedicated to using the member’s skills and notoriety for social good and expansion of the classical guitar audience. Just two weeks after the US COVID-19 lockdown, Phil, along with co-founders Hannah Murphy and Evan Taucher, organized and put on the first ever online guitar festival using the members of Ex-Aequo. This festival had thousands of viewers on Instagram and Facebook and provided completely free masterclasses to students all over the world. Shortly after the success of the festival, Ex-Aequo hosted the largest ever online guitar competition which had more than 150 competitors apply for the first round. This competition was unique in that it promoted equality and diversity among artists and had no first prize, only 4 equal Augustine Grand Prizes given to the most unique and expressive artists in the finals.

Ex-Aequo then embarked on a project aimed at tackling the long-standing issue of underrepresentation in classical guitar. Through the project “Changing the Canon,” which was made possible by a generous grant from the Augustine Foundation, Ex-Aequo commissioned 9 Black American composers to write solo guitar music for 9 members of Ex-Aequo. For many of the composers, this was the first time they were commissioned to write for guitar, despite being able to play the instrument themselves. These works are being recorded and compiled into a visual album including performance videos, behind the scenes footage of the recording process, interviews with the composers and more, to be released Fall 2021. In the Spring of 2021, one of the pieces, “Broomsticks” by Mason Bynes, was arranged into a guitar ensemble piece and was played by the students in the Austin City School District through a collaboration with Austin Classical Guitar. Ex-Aequo was also able to bring these composers into the schools to talk with the students about their motivation for writing music, their experience being classical composers and answer any questions the students had.

Phil has won multiple international guitar competitions; including recently winning 1st prize at the 2019 Florida Guitar Competition in Tallahasse, Florida. Phil was awarded the 1st prize at the 2018 Charlottesville International Classical Guitar Competition, receiving a near perfect score for his performance of Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega. Earlier that year he won the first prize – Peter Segal Award – in the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar International Competition. Judges remarked on his “considerable sense of drama and varied color and dynamic range,” as well as his sense of “pleasing calm, juxtaposed by moments of technical brilliance.” In 2015, Phil was a fellowship recipient at the Crown of the Continent guitar festival in Bigfork, Montana after winning first prize in the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. At that festival, he gave solo concerts and workshops, and collaborated with top musicians across all genres.

Phil plays in a guitar duo with his wife, Hannah Murphy, who is one of the most popular young guitarists of her generation. Their program consists of classic guitar duets juxtaposed by modern guitar solos. Together in 2019 they performed in concerts across the Abruzzo region of Italy as part of a fellowship they were awarded to attend the Lanciano Guitar Seminar. Phil also plays with the New York City Guitar Quartet, an ensemble focused on bringing exciting new works to the classical guitar world. NYCGQ is slated to give the premiere of a new work by Brooklyn based composer Sebastian Zel in Fall 2021.

After studying with Joseph Mayes, famed student of Andrés Segovia, and graduating from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance, Mr. Goldenberg went on to receive a Master of Music degree in guitar performance with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux. Phil then completed a Professional Studies Diploma at the Mannes School of Music, studying as a scholarship student with international performing artist Michael Newman.

Phil is endorsed by Augustine strings and plays Augustine Paragon Reds. Phil plays a guitar by David J. Pace.
 

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Phil Goldenberg (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday November 13, 2021 at 7:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USAAdmission: $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

The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is excited to present award-winning guitarist Phil Goldenberg! We’ve had our eye on Phil for quite some time now, since his time as a student at Rowan University with Joseph Mayes, to his master’s studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux, and eventually his professional studies with Michael Newman at the Mannes School of Music. We’ve watched him win several international guitar competitions, and thoroughly enjoyed his winner’s recital with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society after winning the PCGS International Classical Guitar Competition. In other words, we’ve waited a long time to invite him to our stage, but now the wait is over. I hope you’ll join us for this exciting young artist’s Wilmington debut!

Works TBD.

Doors open at 7:00.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

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PLEASE NOTE: vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to attend all WCG events this season. Please bring proof of your current COVID-19 vaccination (your vaccination card, or a photocopy or photo of your card) with you to the box office. We will check these at every event.

Per CDC guidelines, mask wearing will also be required for everyone while in the building, with the exception of the artists while performing. We will also be operating at a reduced capacity, and social distancing to your comfort level is encouraged.

Before attending a WCG event this season, please familiarize yourself with all of our updated policies by reading our COVID FAQ wilmingtonguitar.org/covid-faq/. Policies are subject to change.
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MASTERCLASS
11/13/21: Phil Goldenberg will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, November 13 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 Mr. Goldenberg has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Phil and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Performing as a soloist, Phil Goldenberg has established himself as one of his generation’s leading guitarists. Through his expressive and sensitive playing he has moved audiences in concert halls and festivals around the world.

In 2020, Phil co-founded the non-profit organization Ex-Aequo, a classical guitar advocacy group dedicated to using the member’s skills and notoriety for social good and expansion of the classical guitar audience. Just two weeks after the US COVID-19 lockdown, Phil, along with co-founders Hannah Murphy and Evan Taucher, organized and put on the first ever online guitar festival using the members of Ex-Aequo. This festival had thousands of viewers on Instagram and Facebook and provided completely free masterclasses to students all over the world. Shortly after the success of the festival, Ex-Aequo hosted the largest ever online guitar competition which had more than 150 competitors apply for the first round. This competition was unique in that it promoted equality and diversity among artists and had no first prize, only 4 equal Augustine Grand Prizes given to the most unique and expressive artists in the finals.

Ex-Aequo then embarked on a project aimed at tackling the long-standing issue of underrepresentation in classical guitar. Through the project “Changing the Canon,” which was made possible by a generous grant from the Augustine Foundation, Ex-Aequo commissioned 9 Black American composers to write solo guitar music for 9 members of Ex-Aequo. For many of the composers, this was the first time they were commissioned to write for guitar, despite being able to play the instrument themselves. These works are being recorded and compiled into a visual album including performance videos, behind the scenes footage of the recording process, interviews with the composers and more, to be released Fall 2021. In the Spring of 2021, one of the pieces, “Broomsticks” by Mason Bynes, was arranged into a guitar ensemble piece and was played by the students in the Austin City School District through a collaboration with Austin Classical Guitar. Ex-Aequo was also able to bring these composers into the schools to talk with the students about their motivation for writing music, their experience being classical composers and answer any questions the students had.

Phil has won multiple international guitar competitions; including recently winning 1st prize at the 2019 Florida Guitar Competition in Tallahasse, Florida. Phil was awarded the 1st prize at the 2018 Charlottesville International Classical Guitar Competition, receiving a near perfect score for his performance of Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega. Earlier that year he won the first prize – Peter Segal Award – in the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar International Competition. Judges remarked on his “considerable sense of drama and varied color and dynamic range,” as well as his sense of “pleasing calm, juxtaposed by moments of technical brilliance.” In 2015, Phil was a fellowship recipient at the Crown of the Continent guitar festival in Bigfork, Montana after winning first prize in the James Stroud Classical Guitar Competition. At that festival, he gave solo concerts and workshops, and collaborated with top musicians across all genres.

Phil plays in a guitar duo with his wife, Hannah Murphy, who is one of the most popular young guitarists of her generation. Their program consists of classic guitar duets juxtaposed by modern guitar solos. Together in 2019 they performed in concerts across the Abruzzo region of Italy as part of a fellowship they were awarded to attend the Lanciano Guitar Seminar. Phil also plays with the New York City Guitar Quartet, an ensemble focused on bringing exciting new works to the classical guitar world. NYCGQ is slated to give the premiere of a new work by Brooklyn based composer Sebastian Zel in Fall 2021.

After studying with Joseph Mayes, famed student of Andrés Segovia, and graduating from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance, Mr. Goldenberg went on to receive a Master of Music degree in guitar performance with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux. Phil then completed a Professional Studies Diploma at the Mannes School of Music, studying as a scholarship student with international performing artist Michael Newman.
Phil is endorsed by Augustine strings and plays Augustine Paragon Reds. Phil plays a guitar by David J. Pace.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday November 21, 2021 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, 2021

19

WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday December 19, 2021 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, 2022

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday January 30, 2022 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, 2022

19

New York City Guitar Quartet (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday February 19, 2022 at 7:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USAAdmission: $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


Join us for the Delaware debut of the New York City Guitar Quartet, a dynamic new group focused on bringing exciting new works to the classical guitar world. Featuring award-winning guitarists Jordan Dodson (our October artist), Phil Goldenberg (our November artist), Tom Clippinger and John Marcel Williams, this ensemble won’t disappoint.

Works by Sérgio Assad, Philip Glass, Frederic Hand, and Sebastian Zel.

Doors open at 7:00.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

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PLEASE NOTE: vaccinations against COVID-19 are required to attend all WCG events this season. Please bring proof of your current COVID-19 vaccination (your vaccination card, or a photocopy or photo of your card) with you to the box office. We will check these at every event.

Per CDC guidelines, mask wearing will also be required for everyone while in the building, with the exception of the artists while performing. We will also be operating at a reduced capacity, and social distancing to your comfort level is encouraged.

Before attending a WCG event this season, please familiarize yourself with all of our updated policies by reading our COVID FAQ wilmingtonguitar.org/covid-faq/. Policies are subject to change.
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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 27, 2022 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.