Welcome to the New York City Classical Guitar Society

Voices of the Guitar: The NYCCGS Concerts

International Artist Series

Junhong Kuang

Friday, December 11, 2015, at 8:00 PM

The 15-year-old Chinese phenomenon, in his first full-length New York concert

“[Kuang] performs the Bach Chaconne with not only technical command, but with impressive understanding of the architecture of the piece.” — American Record Guide

Benjamin Verdery

Friday, January 15, 2016, at 8:00 PM

The eclectic virtuoso and composer, celebrating his music with special guests and a nod to his 60th birthday

“A natural and seemingly effortless connection with his chosen instrument … an ebullient performer, a musician of fluent and authoritative technique and high emotion” — Cape Cod Times

Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8:00 PM

The renowned Brazilian master, performing solo works and duets with Larry Del Casale

“Barbosa-Lima has technique that is staggering and uses dynamics that few guitarists seem capable of … he is able to create utterly enduring jewels in music.” — All About Jazz

Salon Series

At the Diller-Quaile School of Music.

Colin Davin

Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 7:30 PM

One of today’s most dynamic young artists, pushing the envelope with repertoire from traditional to cutting-edge contemporary

“The real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination.” — American Record Guide

Celil Refik Kaya

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 7:30 PM

The phenomenal young Turkish guitarist/composer, a top prize winner in numerous international competitions

“The clean precision of Kaya’s playing, against the rushing sea of the orchestra, was spectacular and beautiful.” — Sheila Abrahams, NJArtsMaven.com

Ian O’Sullivan

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Versed in classical technique, composition, and the slack-key tradition of his native Hawaii, embodying the emerging genre of Hawaiian classical guitar

Born and Raised [O’Sullivan’s debut album] is beautiful acoustic music and a memorable introduction to a versatile new talent.” — honolulupulse.com

Member Events

Free and open to all members and first-time guests. Featuring special presentations and Open Mic performances.

December 2015 Meeting: João Kouyoumdjian

Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 PM

Fingerings in the Unaccompanied Music by Bach: An approach in Step-wise Motion
Through the performance of examples and fingered scores, this lecture will analyze how it is possible for guitar fingerings to reflect an insightful theoretical notion of polyphony.

January 2016 Meeting: Benjamin Verdery

Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Topic to be announced

February 2016 Meeting: Colin Davin

Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Guitar in Kabul
A discussion of the budding generation of young musicians in Afghanistan. Under Taliban rule, the performance of music was banned, and the guitar is now playing a role in the rebuilding of a musical culture, and a society moving forward.

March 2016 Meeting: Celil Refik Kaya

Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Topic to be announced

April 2016 Meeting: Harris Becker

Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM

On New Music
This lecture will focus on commissioning new works for guitar and ensembles, working with non-guitarist composers, editing, and rehearsing contemporary pieces. With Veronica Salas, viola.

May 2016 Meeting: Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Thursday, May 5, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Topic to be announced

June 2016 Meeting: João Luiz

Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Brazilian Guitar Works of the Generation after Villa-Lobos
Gnattali and the influence of Gershwin, the national school of Guarnieri, Mignone and Afro-Brazilian connections, and the pluralism of Gismonti