Greetings WCGS Members!
We’re super excited for our upcoming concert with Philadelphia legend (and WCGS Member) Brendan Evans this Saturday, November 17! Our goal this year is to increase our attendance; there are simply too many empty seats in our beautiful hall. Please give us a hand and tell your friends and family about our amazing concerts coming up, and share our event on Facebook. Every little bit helps, and your help is invaluable here.
Upcoming Event: Brendan Evans with special guests Zach Alex and Liam Thomas
Philadelphia guitar virtuoso Brendan Evans put on a blistering performance for us in 2013, and we’ve really been looking forward to inviting him back to perform for us again. Our tenth season is the perfect opportunity! Since 2013 he has been performing all over the world, including Turkey, Nepal, Thailand, Italy, Australia, Mexico and many other wonderful places, and he brings these experiences back with him to perform for us. Be prepared for a program full of captivating music and surprises. I hope you’ll join us!
Brendan has really put together a great program for us, including Barrios’ La Catedral (always a favorite), Rodrigo’s Tres Piezas Espanolas (one of my favorites), and the seldom heard Variations sur Folia De España et Fugue by Ponce. In addition, there will be some Giuliani, Matiegka, and Sainz de la Maza. I’m really excited for this program.
Tickets are on sale now in our Online Store. Your WCGS Member coupon code for this concert is evansWCGS. To get your member discount, add a General Admission ticket to your cart, and then apply the coupon code in the cart or at checkout for your discount.
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Upcoming Special Event: December Lecture Salon and Annual Meeting
We had a great time last year at our December salon, where we all enjoyed the music of guitar virtuoso Celil Refik Kaya who played for us in celebration of our 100th salon. Although this year isn’t quite as awesome a milestone, it is our 10th season, and we decided we’d use that excuse to plan another great event!
Join us Sunday, December 16th at 6 pm for our first WCGS Potluck Lecture Salon, featuring guitarist and founder of Classical Guitar Corner Dr. Simon Powis and luthier David Pace. Simon will be giving a brief lecture on interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, and David will be speaking to us about guitar construction and some of his unique approaches to modern guitar design. It should be a lot of fun, and very informative.
We’ll also be having a potluck dinner with the meeting, so please bring something to share. If you have any questions about what to bring, feel free to send me a message.
More details, including where to RSVP, will be forthcoming as we draw closer to the event, so keep an eye on your email box. I hope you’ll join us.
Our November salon is coming up on Sunday the 18th at 6 pm (doors open at 5:45). Monthly salons take place at the Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809. The church is easily accessible from 95 and has ample parking on the street and in a private parking lot. Our meeting will be in the West Room, which is appropriately situated on the West side of the building. Our entrance is in the corner of the building right off the West side of the parking lot (see link).
Google directions to the Church: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
**Also, if you are coming to the salon, please arrive between 5:45 and 6:00. I will LOCK the door at 6:00 so it is not left open and unattended. If you arrive later than 6:00, please text me at (302) 650-8797 and I will be happy to let you in. Knocking loudly may also work.
The following salon will take place on December 16th. Mark your calendars!
2018 Salon Schedule
October Meeting Recap by Matthew Lavanish, WCGS President & Artistic Director
What a great turnout we had for our October meeting! And lots of great playing as well, which led to some great conversation. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and thanks for sticking around as we went a little long. Hope to see you all again on Sunday!
Here’s a list of who played last month and the pieces that they performed.
Matthew Lavanish – Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega
Nathan Surles – Home by Andrew York
Robbie Berge – Lament by Robbie Berge
Jim Kirby – show and tell steel string build
Robert Guerrero – Minuet No.2 by J.S. Bach and Fleur de Lotus by Roque Carbajo
Joanna Daneman – Lecion 19 by Dionisio Aguado
Gregg Tashker – Renewal by Doug Smith
Matthew Lavanish and Carl Abramson – Carulli Duets No. 8 & 11
Carl Abramson – Pavan by Maurice Ravel
Graham Williamson – Op.60 No.12 by Matteo Carcassi
Riva Silver – Sarabande from Partita in a-moll by Johann Anton Logy
There are all kinds of great concerts in the area. Check out all the listings in our regional calendar, and if you learn of other classical guitar events in the area please let us know so we can get them on our calendar.
- Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 pm Brendan Evans, classical guitar with special guests Zach Alex & Liam Thomas (WCG)
Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 pm WCGS Salon (WCGS)
Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm Classical Guitar Ensemble and Soloists Showcase (TOU)
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 pm Paul O’Dette & Ronn McFarlane (BCGS)
Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm Professional Members Concert (PCGS)
Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 pm WCGS Salon (WCGS)
Sunday, January 6 at 3:00 pm Hao Yang (PCGS)
Saturday, January 12 at 4:00 pm Kevin J. Cope (DAR)
Sunday, January 27 at 6:00 pm WCGS Salon (WCGS)
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 pm Yenne Lee (PCGS)
For more information on upcoming events, please visit our event calendar at https://wilmingtonguitar.org/calendar.
To submit an event, please Email our event calendar coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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President & Artistic Director – The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society
Wilmington Classical Guitar Season 10 – 2018-19
September 22 – WCGS Members Showcase at Old Town Hall
October 20* – Thomas Viloteau, classical guitar with special guest Keith Calmes at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
November 17 – Brendan Evans, classical guitar with special guests Zach Alex & Liam Thomas at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
February 23* – Jeremy Lyons, classical guitar and Lisa Perry, soprano with special guest Evan Conrad at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
March 23* – Alec Holcomb, classical guitar with special guest Darla Rublesky at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
April 28* – GFA Winner’s Tour featuring Tengyue Zhang, classical guitar with special guest Everett Shen at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
May 25 – 7th Annual WCGS Members Concert at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
*We’ll also be hosting a masterclass with this artist. Please check our website for masterclass dates and times.