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Opening Concert—SHARON ISBIN

Saturday, April 26, 2014 — 7:30 PM


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

Premium seating & Artist reception,  $75

Two Premium seats & Artist reception,  $100

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

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the preeminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has given sold out performances throughout the world. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Music Theatre, her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings - from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz/fusion - reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest recording, Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) became a #1 bestseller on
 Her 2010 GRAMMY Award winning CD, Journey to the New World,
 ranked as a #1 bestselling classical CD on and iTunes,
 and spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts.
      Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Ms. Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in preparing the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (published by G. Schirmer). She received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history).

Sharon Isbin appears by arrangement with:
Personal Direction: MARK Z. ALPERT
1790 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Full Day Festival
Sunday, April 27, 2014 
10 AM to 6 PM

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

       A full day of events including over 100 student recitals, the final round of the  2014 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, professional workshops, Vendors fair,   SHARON ISBIN  Masterclass, PCGS Orchestra recitals, PCGS 2013 competition winner recital Celil Refik Kaya and a closing concert featuring Armenian guitarist, Gohar Vardanyan!

Presser Hall Field Hall
  9:30 am: 
Philadelphia  Guitar Competition - Final round
10:00 am :   Student recital
   12:00 pm:  
Sharon Isbin masterclass
12:00 pm:  Student recital
2013 Peter Segal Prize winner,   Celil Refik Kaya
2:00:  Student recital
3:30:  Philadelphia Guitar Orchestra 4:00:  Student recital
5:30 : Closing recital, Gohar Vardanyan



Sunday, May 11, 2014 — 3 PM

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Kids under 12: Free;  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 styles and talents.

 This concert was rescheduled after being
cancelled due to inclement weather in December.


featuring Italian guitarists 

Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli


Saturday,  June 7th, 2014  7:30 PM  

Venue TBA


Sunday, June 8, 2014,   3:00 PM      

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Kids under 12: Free;  Members: Free 



Sunday, October 13, 2013 — 3 PM

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

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

       A native of Kentucky, Gary Stewart began playing piano, banjo and viola as a child. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician for several festivals and concert series. He was a top prize winning guitarist in several guitar competitions including; Rantucci International Guitar Competition, Southeastern Guitar Congress Guitar Competition, and Young Persons Beethoven Club Competition.  Mr. Stewart has performed and recorded with The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra and Cleveland Opera. His recent recording with Apollo’s Fire on Avie records, entitled Come to the River, was released internationally and debuted in the Classical Billboard top 10. He has also recorded over 150 pieces for the Guitar Foundation of America archive. He is currently completing his D.M.A. in guitar performance at Shenandoah Conservatory with Dr. Glenn Caluda.


Sunday, November 10, 2013 — 3 PM

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

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

Described as a “brilliant young classical guitarist” by the D.C. Examiner, Benjamin Beirs, a performer, teacher and aspiring composer, trained at Peabody Conservatory under Julian Gray. His Duo Transatlantique with the French guitarist Maud Laforest has established his young career on two continents. He is the recipient of numerous prizes from international guitar competitions including; 1st prize in the 2010 University of Texas at Dallas Competition, 1st prize in the 2008 Appalachian GuitarFest Competition, and 1st prize in the 2007 National Guitar Workshop Competition. His new album, “Widening Circles,” is described as “a complete success” by Fanfare magazine. Benjamin lives in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches guitar at the Peabody Preparatory and regularly performs throughout the region.  Visit Benjamin Beirs


Sunday, January 12, 2014 — 3 PM

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

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

The Mayes classical guitar duo brings together a wealth of
experience and ability, gathered during extensive careers as soloists and members  of respected ensembles. The duo is remarkably versatile as demonstrated not only by the diverse styles of music that they play, but
also in the variety of instruments they are able to bring to their programs.
Along with 20th Century classical guitars, they often mix into their performances terz guitar, 19th century guitar, renaissance guitar,
renaissance lute, archlute and the Neapolitan mandolin.
They have recorded three CD’s: “The Schoole of Musicke”,
“Sketches for Two” and their newest release, “Romance”.


Sunday, February 9, 2014 — 3 PM

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

Isaac Bustos enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and the US. Dr. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention. Isaac holds an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, 7 of which are first prizes. His debut CD, ‘Caprichos y Sonatas’ was released In the fall of 2008. Isaac holds a BM of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire, a MM of Music degree from the University of Texas where he also completed a Doctor of Music under Adam Holzman. Bustos also performs with the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet and serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University.


Sunday, March  9, 2014 — 3 PM

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

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

Praised as “a gifted guitarist whose energetic, thoughtful and artistic playing
is wonderfully compelling and dynamic" by Sharon Isbin, American guitarist
 Dr. Connie Sheu is a performer, teacher, and advocate of classical guitar. Her playing has been hailed by the New York Sun as “excellent, ruminative... scholarly." Past performances and teaching engagements have taken her from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall to Florida, Oklahoma, Moldova, Italy, Hungary, and throughout California.

Connie released her solo album Waking or Sleeping in 2008. She holds degrees from Columbia University and the Juilliard School, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Southern California. Connie serves as Director of Communications for the Guitar Foundation of America and teaches at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music

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