Florida State College of Music Puts on Florida Guitar Festival and Competition

A weekend filled with concerts, masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and much more.
Daniel Bolshoy is Canada's leading classical guitarist and teacher and will be a prominent figure at the Florida Guitar Festival and Competition. Photo courtesy Florida Guitar Festvial

Don’t miss a weekend of classical guitar legends at the 2018 Florida Guitar Festival and Competition!

October 5-7, 2018 Florida State University College of Music and the Classical Guitar Society at FSU will be holding a weekend filled with music and education as they host performances and masterclasses from some of the country’s leading classical guitar performers and educators.

Additionally, there will be a guitar showcase each day of the festival where guitar builders and dealers will be showing their finest instruments, along with lectures on the psychology of effective practicing and maintaining a successful guitar foundation and a wonderful technique class.

To start off the festivities, Christopher Perez will lead the Freedom High School Guitar Ensemble in the opening concert and will be joined by 2017 Competition Winner Samuel Hines for a concerto right before intermission. Hines, who will also be teaching a masterclass, will perform a solo half-concert to finish out the evening.

Saturday will see a bulk of the activities and will conclude with a shared concert by internationally renowned soloists Daniel Bolshoy, from the University of Georgia, and Rafael Padron, from the University of Miami.

Finally, on Sunday the competition semi-finals and finals will occur in the afternoon and will be open to the public.

The Festival will conclude with a concert by Grammy-winning musician William Kanengiser and their first-ever Festival Guitar Orchestra comprised of festival participants who will be led by FSU Alumni Michael McCallie.

The ensemble will perform three short works as well as collaborate with Bill Kanengiser on Sergio Assad’s work “The Walls.”

The 2018 Florida Guitar Festival and Competition will be an amazing weekend for guitarists and guitar lovers of all ages.

This will be a wondrous event where you will experience legends of the classical guitar.

More Information and tickets can be found here.

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