by Mike Telin
Whether one sees it as one of the final events of the spring season or the first event of the summer, attending the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival is always a wonderful way to enjoy the blossoming University Circle while hearing many of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Beginning on Friday, June 3 and continuing through Sunday, June 5 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the 16th annual festival will offer an impressive line-up of recitals, premieres, master classes, lectures, and exhibits celebrating the classical guitar.
Sponsored by Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music, this year’s four ticketed events will include a recital by Jason Vieaux performing works by Albéniz, Bach, Bellinati, Ellington, Ginastera, Giuliani, and Jobim on Friday, June 3 at 7:30.
On Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 pm, the Italian ensemble SoloDuo will present “Music from four centuries.” The program will include works by Bach, Bellini, Debussy, Piazzolla, and Scarlatti.
Performances continue on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 pm, when Spanish guitarist Ricardo Gallén plays works by Fernando Sor and Leo Brouwer. And at 7:30 pm, Bay Village native Colin Davin will present a concert of music by de Falla, José, Mompou, Tárrega, Torroba, and Turina.
All above events will be held in Mixon Hall. Tickets are available online.
On Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 pm in Mixon Hall, Czech guitarist Petra Polácková will present a free concert of Baroque and 20th-century works by Weiss, de Falla, and Ohana.
If you’ve wondered what advice these seasoned performers have to pass on to young players, you can attend one or more of the following master classes:
Friday, June 3
10:00 am — Colin Davin — Studio 113
10:45 am — Jason Vieaux — Mixon Hall
2:15 pm — Nigel North — Studio 113
2:15 pm — Ricardo Gallén — Studio 217
Saturday, June 4
9:00 am — Nigel North — Studio 113
9:00 am — Ricardo Gallén — Studio 217
Sunday June 5
11:30 am — SoloDuo — Studio 113
11:30am — Petra Polácková — Studio 217
The festival will also include free, informative lectures and demonstrations.
On Friday, June 3 at 6:00 pm in Studio 113, British lutenist Nigel North will present “Baroque Music on the Guitar: How can lute players help us play in a good style?”
On Saturday, June 4 at 1:15 pm in Studio 113, Canadian guitar maker Joshia de Jonge will demonstrate “The Art of French Polishing,” and at 5:15 pm in CIM’s Pogue Lobby, Canadian Tim Beattie will perform on instruments from Guitars International’s Exhibition of Fine Contemporary Classical Guitars.
Australian guitarist Simon Powis will present a lecture titled “Opportunities for a 21st Century Guitarist” on Sunday June 5 at 6:00 pm Studio 113.
Click here for more information about the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival.
Published on ClevelandClassical.com May 24, 2016.
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