Welcome to the New York City Classical Guitar Society

2017–18 Season


International Artist Series

At Symphony Space. Concerts start at 7:30 PM.

Brasil Guitar Duo

Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Phenomenal rapport and effortless mastery in a seamless blend of traditional and world-music repertoire; winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition

“The playing of João Luiz and Douglas Lora just continued to draw us in and envelop us with their beautiful sounds and exotic rhythms.” — Peninsula Reviews

Guitar Plus: David Leisner and Friends

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Renowned guitarist/composer David Leisner and friends Tara O’Connor (flute), Jesse Mills (violin), Mark Holloway (viola), and Raman Ramakrishnan (cello), in works by Beethoven, Diabelli, and contemporary masters Pierre Jalbert and Vivian Fine

“David Leisner is among the finest guitarists currently performing … He has a probing intellect, finding insights in music that most others miss, and delivering them with a virtuoso technique.” — American Record Guide

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo: 40th Anniversary Retrospective

Friday, January 19, 2018, at 7:30 PM

World renowned for phenomenal musicianship, matchless technique, and extraordinary stylistic breadth, celebrating 40 years of performing together

“Extremely deft and musically satisfying; wonderfully fresh.” — Soundboard

Fabio Zanon

Friday, March 9, 2018, at 7:30 PM

A true cosmopolitan, a Brazilian master at home in the concert halls of four continents; the 1996 winner of both the GFA and Francisco Tarrega International Competitions

“A member of the highest echelon of living guitarists … fluent technique, great beauty and variety of sound, finely controlled emotional response, and stylistic sensitivity.” — Gramophone

Special Events

Note the locations and start times for each concert.

Xavier Jara

Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 8:00 PM
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America’s Solo Artist Competition

Frederic Hand

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at 8:00 PM
Elebash Hall, CUNY Graduate Center

The renowned guitarist and composer, showcasing his new CD, The Light Through the Trees, with guest artists João Luiz of the Brasil Guitar Duo and members of the CUNY Graduate Center Chamber Music Program

“Frederic Hand is a tremendously skilled and expressive guitarist. But what makes him unique is that he is also one of today’s most fascinating composers, able to weave together a variety of influences, from jazz to Dowland to the avant-garde.” — Guitar Review

Salon Series

At Diller-Quaile School of Music. Concerts start at 7:30 PM.

Binelli-Diaz Duo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Daniel Binelli, bandoneon master and veteran of Astor Piazzolla’s ensemble, with guitarist Federico Diaz in Piazzolla Revisited, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s passing

“The bandoneon, Argentina’s national musical instrument, has long been an essential part of Tango culture. Now it has become a sensation throughout the world and its greatest exponent [is] Daniel Binelli.” — simphony.org.au

Sheu Pettit Duo

Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Acclaimed soloists Connie Sheu and Adam Pettit join forces to explore inventive reaches of the guitar duo repertoire

“Their combined mastery of the guitar and profound musicality make the Sheu Pettit Duo a dynamic musical force which needs to be heard.” — Scott Tennant, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Frank Wallace

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:30 PM

The noted guitarist and composer, celebrating his 65th birthday in a program including works by others sharing the St. Cecilia’s Day anniversary (November 22): Benjamin Britten, Joaquin Rodrigo, Julio Sagreras, and more

“A powerful player, possessed of an unfailing musicianship … an almost symphonic range of colors and articulations.” — Soundboard

Luigi Attademo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7:30 PM

Winner of major competitions, a scholar and explorer of innovative repertoire, in a program marking the 50th anniversary of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s passing

“Full of Mediterranean fire and foot-tapping rhythms, but in the context of a historically informed journey through the cultural landscape of the guitar’s spiritual home.” — Brilliant Classics

Monthly Member Events

On Thursdays at 7:00 PM except where noted

September 2017 Meeting: Tariel Iberi

Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Georgian Guitar Music

Tariel Iberi will give some background about the Republic of Georgia, discuss different styles and elements of Georgian folk music, and demonstrate how he has incorporated them into music for the guitar

October 2017 Meeting: Brasil Guitar Duo

Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Masterclass

João Luiz and Douglas Lora will conduct a masterclass.

November 2017 Meeting: Peter Agondizza

Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Talk to the Hand, Because the Face Ain’t Listening: The Use of Idiomatic Fingerings, Shapes, and Gestures in Selected Guitar Works of Heitor Villa-Lobos

The presentation will examine selected guitar works of Villa-Lobos and discuss how the composer used idiomatic fingerings and shapes to project the melodic, harmonic and formal design of each composition

December 2017 Meeting: Yenne Lee

Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Arranging Songs for the Guitar

Yenne Lee will share tips on how to make effective song arrangements and how to play them, demonstrating with some of her own arrangements

January 2018 Meeting: Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 7:00 PM

A discussion with Michael Newman and Laura Oltman

A discussion with the Duo as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as an ensemble

February 2018 Meeting: Max Zuckerman

Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Making a Guitar Transcription: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A crash course in transcription through the lens of Bach’s first keyboard Partita. Breaking down the transcription process into manageable steps and finding the best solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

March 2018 Meeting: Fabio Zanon

Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Masterclass

Fabio Zanon will conduct a masterclass

April 2018 Meeting: Martha Masters

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Topic to be announced

May 2018 Meeting: Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:00 PM

Memories from my Grandfather

If not for the insistence of Andrès Segovia, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco may never have written for the guitar. Today, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s guitar compositions are among his most celebrated works. Diana reflects on this extraordinary friendship, her grandfather’s admiration for Spanish culture, and the importance of the guitar for the composer during his American years.