2014-2015 CONCERT SEASON    


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, PA, Jeremy Lyons began studying classical guitar at a young age with his father Glenn Lyons, who is the professor of classical guitar at West Chester University. Along with guitar, Jeremy studied cello with
Ovidiu Marinescu. Jeremy received a BM in guitar performance from
 Florida State University, where he studied with Bruce Holzman, and an MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of the
Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Manuel Barrueco.  
         Jeremy has performed in cities throughout the U.S. and in several master classes for artists including Franco Platino and Scott Tennant. He was awarded first prize in the 2009 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Student Competition in the collegiate division. Jeremy is also the current guitar instructor at A.R.T.I.S.T music education center in Perry Hall Maryland. Jeremy is currently completing his DMA 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.

Full Day Festival
Sunday, April 12, 2015
10 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  2014 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.


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.
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