2015-2016 CONCERT SEASON    

Sneak Peak at the PCGS
2015 - 2016 Season

October 11, 2015     -     Chris Wilke

November 8, 2015     -     Tara Rose Davison

December 13, 2015     -     Professional Member's Concert

January 10, 2016     -     Christopher Ladd

February 14,   2016     -     Murray/King duo

March 13, 2016     -      Emma Rush

April 9 & 10, 2016     -     Annual PCGS Festival
Featured artist      -     Antigoni Goni
Closing concert     -      Matthew Palmer

May 15, 2016     -      Robert and Pamela Trent
                                        (guitar and fortepiano)


Repertoire and Dates announced!



Sunday, October 12, 2014 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: $10

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

Guitarist Ruben Gonzalez-Avila received his music degree from the
 Instituto Superior deArtes de la Habana in Cuba. He has been winner of
 several notable guitar competitionsand has studied with renowned teachers including Alina Quezade, Efrain Amador,Aldo Rodriguez and Maestro Leo Brouwer.  
 Mr. Gonzales-Avila currently teaches, performs,and gives master classes in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Argentina.


Sunday, November 9, 2014 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: $10

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

           Heralded by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste,” by The Tallahassee Democrat for his “sweet, pure sound, technique to burn and strong sense of musical and poetic phrasing,” and by (Puerto Rico’s) El Nuevo Dia as a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision, and a masterfully delivered diverse range of sound,” Stephen Robinson tours extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician
and orchestral soloist. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the
Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and conducts master classes at leading musical institutions and festivals worldwide. Robinson’s recordings for Clear Note Records, Centaur Records and Lakeside Records have received unanimous critical acclaim. Stephen Robinson is Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, where he is the founding director of the Guitar Program (since 1983).


Sunday, December 7, 2014 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: Free

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

     Professional Members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
and local artists present a panoply of style and talents.    
The concert will be followed by PCGS Holiday party — an opportunity to
meet other members, the local artists and celebrate the holiday season


Sunday, January 11, 2015 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: $10

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

   A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Lyons began studying the classical guitar at a young age with his father, Glenn Lyons.  He completed his undergraduate work with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, and graduate work with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory.
Currently based in Baltimore, Jeremy regularly performs throughout the mid-Atlantic and north-east regions.  He also performs with his duo partner, soprano, Lisa Perry, in the Baltimore area and beyond.  In 2009, Jeremy was awarded first prize in the Philadelphia Guitar Society Competition and In 2010 he performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop.  Jeremy also performs on viola da gamba with the Peabody Consort of Viols under the direction of John Moran, as well as viola da gamba and Baroque guitar with the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble under the direction of Mark Cudek.  While maintaining an active performing career, Jeremy is the current guitar instructor at A.R.T.I-S.T music education center in Perry Hall Maryland. 

In addition to regular performing and teaching, Jeremy often collaborates with local composers in an effort to expand the contemporary guitar repertoire.  He is involved in research concerning topics from early lute and guitar repertoire to twentieth and twenty first-century guitar chamber music.  Jeremy is currently completing a DMA in guitar performance and a second masters degree in musicology at the Peabody Conservatory. 


Sunday, February 8, 2015 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: $10

                     As a native of the Princeton area, Jesse Freedman began his studies in classical guitar at the age of 10 at Westminster Conservatory with Monica Mugan. Since then he has gone on to study with some of most sought after guitar instructors including Kami Rowan, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Jesse has performed in master classes for many of the most esteemed figures in the guitar world including Roland Dyens, Judicael Perroy, and
Pepe Romero. He holds a variety of prizes from several international competitions including First Prize at the 2012 Pacific Guitar Competition. Jesse has performed on stages all over the US and in Europe as both a soloist and chamber musician.


Sunday, March  8, 2015 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Members: $10

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

     Brendan left his hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts at the age of 13,
and has been playing and studying guitar with increasing intensity since then. Four years at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he studied with Bob Squires and Apostolos Paraskevas, led to four years at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Steve Aron, which led to two years at the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with David Tanenbaum. After graduating in 2008 from the SF Conservatory with a Master's degree, Brendan went on to win prizes in 8 consecutive competitions in the US and Canada, including 1st prizes in the Louisville and Rosario festivals.

Festival Opening Concert — WILLIAM KANENGISER

Saturday, April 11, 2015 — 7:30 PM

General: $30; Student/Senior: $20; Members: $15

Trinity Center for Urban Life
22nd & Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

       Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won 1st Prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition as well as major guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has recorded four solo CD’s for the GSP label, ranging from classical to jazz to Caribbean to Near Eastern styles, and he recently recorded two CD’s for the Suzuki Guitar Advanced Repertoire Series.

    A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music
since 1983, he was a recipient of the “2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching”.  He has given master classes around the world and produced
two instructional videos, “Effortless Classical Guitar” and “Classical Guitar Mastery” for Hot Licks Video.

As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Mr. Kanengiser has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded over a dozen CD’s.   LAGQ was awarded a GRAMMY® for Best Classical Crossover Recording in 2004.   In addition to three European tours this season, they recently completed their Australian debut tour, including three sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House.

2015 Festival Schedule - Saturday
 1:00pm  Trinity Center 2015 PCGS Guitar Competition Semifinals
22nd & Spruce St Open to Audience,  free admission
Trinity Center
7:00pm 22nd & Spruce William Kanengiser - Recital

Full Day Festival
Sunday, April 12, 2015
9 AM to 7 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

       A full day of events including over 100 student recitals, the final round of the  2016 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, professional workshops, Vendors fair,   WILLIAM KANENGISER  Masterclass, PCGS Orchestra recitals, PCGS 2014 competition winner recital and a closing concert featuring Irene Gomez!

Closing Concert,  5:30 PM -  IRENE GOMEZ

         Born in Bogotá, Colombia Irene Gómez has been a pioneer of the classical guitar in her homeland. Raised in a family of music lovers, Irene started to play guitar at the age of eight.  She became the first guitarist to graduate from the Conservatory of Music in Bogota, under the guidance of Ramiro Izasa. Later in France, she graduated with the Gold Medal in guitar and chamber music with Javier Quevedo at the Claude Debussy Conservatory in Saint Germain en Laye. She also received the “Diplome de Fin d’études” at Paris XV Conservatoire with Uruguayan guitarist Betho Davezak.
         In 2012, Irene received the Master of Music from The Juilliard School with renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin. With music from traditional to new composers for the guitar, Irene has released the 4 CD’s with acclaim from critics and audiences alike. She presently divides her time between concert activity, researching, recording, and teaching at the Conservatory of Music at the National University of Colombia.

2015 Festival Schedule - Saturday
Presser Hall Field Hall Dance Studio
9:30 2015 Competition Finals
10:00 | Student recitals
10:30 | | Kevil Vigil workshop
11:00 | | The brain & teaching guitar
12:00 William Kanengiser Student recitals
12:30 Masterclass |
1:00 | |
1:30 |
2:00 Student recitals Jose Torres workshop
2:30 Michael Gratovich - | Transcribing early music
3:00 2014 PCGS competition winner |
3:30 PCGS Orchestra Bharat Kenjale workshop
4:00 4:15 - 2015 PCGS Student recitals Yoga for performance anxiety
4:30 Competition Awards |
5:00 |
5:30 -
Irene Gomez


Sunday, May 3, 2015 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15;  Members: $10

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

    Solomon Silber’s distinctive background and scope of experience in
guitar music directly inform his recordings and live performances. His exceptional energy is balanced by a delicate understanding of the music. These characteristics coalesce on stage producing a signature sound transforming the listener from passive observer to active participant as Silber guides the audience through his interpretive journey of musical works.
    Today, Silber is performing and recording, while concurrently completing his Bachelor of Arts in classical music at Yale University. He recently recorded his 2nd CD, Waterfront Studio Sessions, Vol. 1, in Hudson, New York.

June 14, 2015
3:00 pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

      Described by the Washington Post as 'Ireland's leading classical guitarist' and by Michael Dervan in the Irish Times as 'a trailblazer ... when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland', Feeley studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Queens College of the City University, New York, and The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he graduated with a PhD in music. He has taught at the American Institute of Guitar, Memphis State University and until June 2012, held the post of Senior Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music, Dublin Institute of Technology. He currently teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and is Adjunct Professor at the Conservatory of Music, DIT.

Prior Seasons:

2013 - 2014
2011 - 2012                     2012 - 2013
  2008 - 2009                     2009 - 2010   
2007 - 2008                     2006 - 2007
2005 - 2006                     2004 - 2005
2003 - 2004                     2002 - 2003
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