Our 2014 season opens with a really special concert as we welcome Bill Kanengiser, Grammy Award winner and founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Expect to be surprised—Bill Kanegiser is recognized as a maverick who says "At the root of it, I'm a classical-guitar player, but if it's good music, it doesn't matter what style it is." The concert is solo guitar with an extraordinary finish: The last piece of the program is Shingo Fujii’s “Concerto de Los Angeles” for solo guitar and guitar orchestra, which was written for Mr. Kanengiser. Members of the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra as well as ensemble players from Phoenix and Flagstaff will rehearse under the tutelage of Mr. Kanengiser, and he will play the concerto with them here as well as in Phoenix and Flagstaff.
Our Sixth International Tucson Guitar Festival, October 31 to November 7, is a full week of non-stop guitar. We open with a Tucson favorite from his years here as a student extraordinaire: Matt Palmer on Friday, October 31. We plan to bring back some of our alums on a regular basis to see what these talents are doing. In Matt’s case, that includes a recent concert in Carnegie Hall! He will stay on to judge the Beeston Competition on Sunday, and hold a workshop on Monday. We then welcome the amazing Pavel Steidl who is acclaimed around the world for his expressive playing. We can say that the guitar students are all abuzz at the prospect of hearing Pavel in concert (Nov. 6) and taking master classes with him (see our Local Events Calendar for dates and times, yet to be determined). And we end the Festival with the incredible Assad Brothers, legends of duo guitar. We could only get them for one concert this year, so purchase your tickets early.
The Tucson Guitar Society has a wonderful performance planned for the 3rd Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan, 22, 2015: David Leisner with tenor Rufus Müller in a program based on music by Benjamin Britten among others. The New York Times said "Mr. Leisner offered a deeply expressive interpretation of the enigmatic, haunting variations [Britten Nocturnal]...Mr. Leisner and Mr. Mueller proved exemplary, characterful collaborators throughout, the guitarist's playing rich and nuanced and the tenor's voice expressive." This concert is generously underwritten by the Tucson Desert Song Festival.
David Russell returns! There are not many places in the world where you can hear David Russell in a 200 seat hall. Tucson is the place! One of the most in-demand guitarists in the world will be here for his annual artist in residence week, and he will grace us with 2 concerts, Feb. 28 and March 1.
We end the season with two Guitar Foundation of America winners. On March 23, Jérémy Jouve, who won in 2003, returns as a solo artist after several years playing duo with Judicaël Perroy. An active recording artist, he recently released the second volume of works by Joaquín Rodrigo on the Naxos label. And our season finale is also the finale of the tour of the current winner Anton Baranov of Russia who astounded everyone by winning both the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013. We can help him celebrate the end of his 50 city tour of North America with Tucson hospitality!
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Come and hear play our special guests Graesyn Spiers and Nick Epple
We welcome you to bring a guitar--or any plucked instrument for that matter. We would love to hear what you are playing.