One thing I would love to get to do more of at some point is attend some of the big classical guitar festivals. They’re super expensive however and is it sits right now I just don’t have the time nor money to get out to very many. Anyways I was browsing through the Classical Guitar news on Google today and came across this article which I thought was pretty cool. Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full article below. Enjoy!
Over the years, many festivals had themes, which generated some wonderful opportunities both in performance and education. “Women and the Guitar” was the theme in 2006, when guitarist Candice Mowbray not only contributed a fantastic solo performance, but also gave an insightful lecture entitled “Female Figures in the Guitar World.” In 2003, “Chamber Music and the Guitar” highlighted the role of the classical guitar as an ensemble instrument, with the Baltimore Consort as headliner. Moravian College composer Larry Lipkis, a member of that prestigious early music group, was a featured performer.
Titled “From Renaissance to the Present Day,” the 2008 festival highlighted outstanding guitarists playing guitar and guitar-like instruments from various eras. Lutenist Ronn McFarlane was the featured artist, who devoted half his program to early music. But the real surprise came in the other half, which McFarlane devoted to his own compositions, arguably the largest body of original lute pieces since the height of the instrument’s artistic perfection in the 17th century.
Few can forget the laid-back, effortless delivery of guitarist Laurence Juber in his 2009 festival appearance. His musical agility and the speed he shifted stylistic gears kept his Foy Hall audience enraptured throughout a nearly two-hour solo show of Beatles covers, Harold Arlen tunes and original material.