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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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April, 2022

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Masterclass with Johan Smith (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday April 23, 2022 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 GFA Winner Johan Smith has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Johan 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 Johan Smith Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 pm at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant! View full event info and read more about Johan at www.wilmingtonguitar.org/johan-smith/.

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

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
Swiss classical guitarist, Johan Smith, is a highly acclaimed, illustrious musician, bringing virtuosic interpretations to his instrument. Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition in 2019 and defined as the “Classical Guitar Revelation 2017” by the notable French magazine “Guitar Classical Magazine”, Johan Smith has become one of the most prominent names in the world of classical guitar. He has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, is a highly in-demand concert soloist, and has performed with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Versoix Chamber Orchestra. He is currently preparing the recording of his second album with Naxos, as well as tours that will bring him to perform in China, the United States, Canada, and at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York.

Playing at the highest level, Johan Smith has won some of the most competitive and distinguished guitar competitions in the world. As a result of his 2019 win of classical guitar’s most venerable competition, Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Johan has recorded his first solo album with the Naxos Label (2020); He was a featured soloist in the virtual June 2020 GFA conference, and will begin a nine- month tour from September 2021 throughout June 2022, presenting solo concerts, conducting masterclasses and outreach activities in over 50 cities across the United States and Canada. Johan is recording his second album with the Naxos Label as part of winning 1st place in the Changsha International Guitar Competition in 2019, and, will also be embarking on a 6-city tour throughout China (Hangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Yueyang, Xi’an, Changsha).

In addition to winning 1st prize the Guitar Foundation of America (US) and the Changsha International Guitar Competition (China) in 2019, Johan Smith has also won prizes in the following competitions: Special Prize from the Victoria & Joaquin Rodrigo Foundation, 1st prize at the VI° International Guitar Competition of Thessaloniki, 1st prize at the International Competition of Fontenay-Sous-Bois, 1st prize at V° International Festival Guitare au Beffroi, 1st prize at the 89° Leopold Bellan International Competition, 1st prize at the XIII° National Competition of Ceyzeriat (also winning the public prize), 3rd prize at the III° Pleven International Guitar Competition, 3rd prize at I° Aalborg International Guitar Competition.

Johan’s particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers, including Josquin Schwizgebel and Arnaud Fillion, who dedicated his “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” to Johan. His affiliation with Arnaud Fillion bestowed an opportunity to record the Fillion’s three-movement concerto with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in October 2019, released in February 2020.

Notable career highlights include Johan’s collaboration with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra at the BCV Concert Hall in Switzerland in May 2019, performing the one of the most prestigious classical guitar concertos, Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranjuez”. Johan also was a featured soloist at the 9th (2017) and 11th (2019) annual International Guitar Festival of Versoix, Switzerland, playing with the Chamber Orchestra of Versoix at the festival October 2017, and was invited back to perform a solo recital in November 2019.

Born in 1990 in Geneva, Johan obtained a Bachelor in 2015 and a “Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy” in 2017 at the University of Music of Lausanne, in the class of Dagoberto Linhares. In addition to teaching guitar at the Conservatory of Morges, he also obtained the most important academic title in the field of musical performance in Switzerland: the “Master of Arts specializing in Music Performance Soloist”(2019), awarded by the highest grade.

In a completely different approach, he is the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer in the extreme metal band “Stortregn”, with whom he has already recorded four albums and played in three continents since 2005.

Johan is an endorsee of Savarez guitar strings, one of the world’s leading string manufacturers (founded in 1770).
 

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GFA Winner's Tour featuring Johan Smith (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday April 23, 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


The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a sixth season! The prestigious GFA Competition is known for drawing the most talented competitors from around the world, and winning the competition is a coveted milestone in the careers of many young musicians. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class artist.

This year’s GFA touring artist is Swiss guitarist Johan Smith. As winner of the Rose Augustine First Prize in the GFA ICAC, Johan will tour over 50 cities in North America and Canada, including his recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and his Delaware debut for Wilmington Classical Guitar.
Works by Bach, Britten, Mozart, Schwizgebel, Rodrigo, and Metheny.

Doors open at 7:00 pm.

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
4/23/22: Johan Smith will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon, April 23 at 1:00 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. Smith has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Johan 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
Swiss classical guitarist, Johan Smith, is a highly acclaimed, illustrious musician, bringing virtuosic interpretations to his instrument. Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition in 2019 and defined as the “Classical Guitar Revelation 2017” by the notable French magazine “Guitar Classical Magazine”, Johan Smith has become one of the most prominent names in the world of classical guitar. He has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, is a highly in-demand concert soloist, and has performed with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Versoix Chamber Orchestra. He is currently preparing the recording of his second album with Naxos, as well as tours that will bring him to perform in China, the United States, Canada, and at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York.

Playing at the highest level, Johan Smith has won some of the most competitive and distinguished guitar competitions in the world. As a result of his 2019 win of classical guitar’s most venerable competition, Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Johan has recorded his first solo album with the Naxos Label (2020); He was a featured soloist in the virtual June 2020 GFA conference, and will begin a nine- month tour from September 2021 throughout June 2022, presenting solo concerts, conducting masterclasses and outreach activities in over 50 cities across the United States and Canada. Johan is recording his second album with the Naxos Label as part of winning 1st place in the Changsha International Guitar Competition in 2019, and, will also be embarking on a 6-city tour throughout China (Hangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Yueyang, Xi’an, Changsha).

In addition to winning 1st prize the Guitar Foundation of America (US) and the Changsha International Guitar Competition (China) in 2019, Johan Smith has also won prizes in the following competitions: Special Prize from the Victoria & Joaquin Rodrigo Foundation, 1st prize at the VI° International Guitar Competition of Thessaloniki, 1st prize at the International Competition of Fontenay-Sous-Bois, 1st prize at V° International Festival Guitare au Beffroi, 1st prize at the 89° Leopold Bellan International Competition, 1st prize at the XIII° National Competition of Ceyzeriat (also winning the public prize), 3rd prize at the III° Pleven International Guitar Competition, 3rd prize at I° Aalborg International Guitar Competition.

Johan’s particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers, including Josquin Schwizgebel and Arnaud Fillion, who dedicated his “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” to Johan. His affiliation with Arnaud Fillion bestowed an opportunity to record the Fillion’s three-movement concerto with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in October 2019, released in February 2020.

Notable career highlights include Johan’s collaboration with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra at the BCV Concert Hall in Switzerland in May 2019, performing the one of the most prestigious classical guitar concertos, Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranjuez”. Johan also was a featured soloist at the 9th (2017) and 11th (2019) annual International Guitar Festival of Versoix, Switzerland, playing with the Chamber Orchestra of Versoix at the festival October 2017, and was invited back to perform a solo recital in November 2019.

Born in 1990 in Geneva, Johan obtained a Bachelor in 2015 and a “Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy” in 2017 at the University of Music of Lausanne, in the class of Dagoberto Linhares. In addition to teaching guitar at the Conservatory of Morges, he also obtained the most important academic title in the field of musical performance in Switzerland: the “Master of Arts specializing in Music Performance Soloist”(2019), awarded by the highest grade.

In a completely different approach, he is the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer in the extreme metal band “Stortregn”, with whom he has already recorded four albums and played in three continents since 2005.

Johan is an endorsee of Savarez guitar strings, one of the world’s leading string manufacturers (founded in 1770).
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday April 24, 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.  
 
May, 2022

21

10th Annual WCGS Members Concert (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday May 21, 2022 at 7:30 pmShow in Google mapChurch of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809, USAAdmission: FREE (donations requested)
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


Please join us on Saturday, May 21st at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant for an evening of beautiful classical guitar music, featuring the talents of professional and amateur guitarists from the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society.
Performers and program TBD.

The concert is FREE and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken to help support WCGS and Church of the Covenant.

Works to be performed TBD.

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 May 29, 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.  
 
June, 2022

26

WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday June 26, 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.  
 
July, 2022

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday July 31, 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.  
 
August, 2022

28

WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday August 28, 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.  
 
September, 2022

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday September 25, 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.  
 
October, 2022

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday October 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.