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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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November, 2021

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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.  
 
March, 2022

19

Masterclass with Xavier Jara (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday March 19, 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 Xavier Jara has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Xavier 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 Xavier Jara Saturday, March 19th at 7:30 pm at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant! View full event info and read more about Phil at www.wilmingtonguitar.org/xavier-jara/.

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

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
American classical guitarist Xavier Jara (1993) is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, he was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicaël Perroy.

Xavier studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and lute master Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Xavier returned home to the United States to win the GFA’s prestigious Rose Augustine Grand Prize.

His 2017-2018 concert tour began in September 2017. He performed more than 50 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala & Panama, including a concert at Carnegie Hall (April 5, 2018).

In May 2020, Xavier earned his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He continues to perform around the world and maintains a vibrant studio as Adjunct Professor of Guitar at California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA). In 2022, he will join the United States Guitar Orchestra as a soloist.

Xavier is sponsored by Augustine Strings and plays a guitar by Enrico Bottelli. 
 

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Xavier Jara (WCG)

Add event to googleSaturday March 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


The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring back GFA Winner Xavier Jara, who we featured in 2018 with our presentation of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition Winner’s Tour. Since his first concert with us, Xavier has gone on to earn his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taken on a teaching position at California State University Fullerton with alongside fellow GFA Winner Martha Masters.
Xavier gave an absolutely incredible performance for us back in 2018, and is perhaps our most requested returning artist. We can’t wait to have him back on our stage!
Works by Takemitsu, Ponce, Gubaidulina, and Bach.

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
3/19/22: Xavier Jara will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon of Saturday, March 19 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. Jara has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Xavier 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
American classical guitarist Xavier Jara (1993) is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, he was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicaël Perroy.

Xavier studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and lute master Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Xavier returned home to the United States to win the GFA’s prestigious Rose Augustine Grand Prize.

His 2017-2018 concert tour began in September 2017. He performed more than 50 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala & Panama, including a concert at Carnegie Hall (April 5, 2018).

In May 2020, Xavier earned his Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He continues to perform around the world and maintains a vibrant studio as Adjunct Professor of Guitar at California State University Fullerton (Fullerton, CA). In 2022, he will join the United States Guitar Orchestra as a soloist.

Xavier is sponsored by Augustine Strings and plays a guitar by Enrico Bottelli.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday March 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.  
 
April, 2022

23

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

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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

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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

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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.  
 
November, 2022

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday November 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.