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Welcome to The Miami Classical Guitar Society, now celebrating our 28th Season, 2015-2016!

A non-profit 501c3 cultural organization, the MCGS initiated and developed a guitar movement in the city of Miami in 1987 for the first time in its history, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument.

Founded to raise awareness and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of the classical guitar in our community and beyond, the MCGS has organized close to 200 concerts, presenting the finest world renowned guitarists from over 30 countries, as well as national and local talents. We offer guitar lovers, performers, teachers, and students the means to further develop and enhance skills, education, and passion for the guitar through our enriched yearly programming of concerts, master classes, lectures, lecture-recitals, guitar courses, ensembles, and international competitions.

Our initial goal of promoting the art of this beautiful instrument continues to expand, generating enthusiasm within our community and for younger generations of aspiring guitarists.

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28th Season Sponsors
Brought to you with the generous support from our wonderful Sponsors: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Savarez Strings, The D'Addario Music Foundation, Anita and Morris BROAD FOUNDATION, MAD Design Studios, Bacardi USA, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad De Coria International Guitar Festival, Extremadura, Spain.

Miami Classical Guitar Society 2015-2016 Concert Series - 28th Season
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28th SEASON


2015-2016 INTERNATIONAL GUITAR CONCERT SERIES

MAESTROS & LAUREATES



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UPCOMING ARTISTS: CONCERTS, MASTERCLASSES, EVENTS

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Carlos and Marisa Molina DUO


MOLINA DUO: CARLOS MOLINA guitar & MARISA MOLINA soprano

(Cuba/USA)


CONCERT: Friday, February 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM

In Collaboration with Miami International GuitART Festival


The MOLINA DUO, formed by soprano Marisa Molina and guitarist Carlos Molina, first performed in 1999 at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux in France. In 2001, they presented a concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquin Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. They have also been featured at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain, Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, and Pescara in Italy, Universidad de Veracruz in Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival Dupre Citta in Rome, Italy.

CARLOS MOLINA
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Molina is lauded as founder of the Cuban School of Guitar. He began performing in 1969, after graduating with a degree in Guitar Performance from the National Conservatory in Cuba, and a Law degree from the School of Law at the University of Havana. He finished his music studies at the Superior School of Music, Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). In 1970 he won First Prize at the National Guitar Competition in Cuba, and his first tour of Europe followed.

Celebrating a performing career that expands 45 years, Molina has performed in prestigious halls such as the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Major Hall, Dvorak Hall of Prague, Ateneo of Madrid, Chopin Hall of Warsaw, Zeneakademia of Budapest, Hall of Mirrors at Palatial Palace in Bratislava, Salle du Conservatoire d’Orleans, Sala Carlos Chávez in Mexico, Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Cuba, and many others.

He has been soloist with symphonic orchestras, including the National Symphony of Cuba, Sinfónica de Oriente, Sinfónica de las Villas, Marianske Lazne Symphony, Miami Beach Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Florida Lakes Symphony, etc, and has shared concerts with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, Turibio Santos, Benjamin Verdery, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Nikita Koshkin, as well as toured worldwide as solo guitarist of principal ballerina Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet.

In 2007, Carlos Molina was honored with a Lifetime Award: Premio Chitaristico Citta di Fiuggi, in Italy, together with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, and Carlos Carfagna; and in 2009 received the Order Maestro Alirio Díaz, the highest guitar award in Venezuela.

Molina has been featured in 56 international guitar festivals, and since 2001 has been performing with his wife, soprano Marisa Molina, as a duo. Parallel to his concert career, Molina gives master classes and has juried 36 international guitar competitions; including seven times at the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). A tireless promoter of the instrument, Molina has directed and produced nine guitar festivals, starting with the First Guitar Festival of Cuba in 1976, Panorama de la Guitarra, and the First International Guitar Festival of Cuba in 1978, Encuentro de Guitarristas de América Latina y el Caribe. In 1987, Molina founded the Miami Classical Guitar Society. In 1991 and 2002, Molina was selected to direct and produce the GFA’s International Convention and Competition in Miami. In 2004, Molina created Miami's First International Guitar Competition, through the Miami Classical Guitar Society.

Molina has been dedicatee of many works, including the Canticum by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 1968, the duo Return of the Winds by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin in 2002, as well as works by Olivier Chassain, Gerard Drozd, Roberto Fabbri, Jon Nelson, Orlando García, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Antonino Hernández Lisazo, Armando Rodríguez, Teresa Madiedo and Molina's brother, Luis Manuel Molina, amongst others.

For more info, please visit: Carlos Molina, Bio

MARISA MOLINA - Soprano
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and raised in Havana, Cuba, vocal soprano Marisa Molina began her musical studies with the piano at a very early age. In 1967, she received a voice scholarship with the internationally acclaimed soprano Iris Burguet at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, where she met her husband Carlos Molina. Once in the US, Marisa continued her voice studies with mezzo-soprano Diane Mauch, and later with renowned Cuban tenor Cesar Antonio Suárez and his wife Geraldine Suárez-Novak, and graduated from Florida International University, also with a minor in French Language.

Marisa has participated in different vocal groups in Cuba and the US, including the University of Miami’s Civic Chorale, the Greater Miami Opera Choir, and St. John Neumann Festival Choir. Following her graduation, she performed the role of Micaela in excerpts from Carmen at the Merrick Festival of Coral Gables. Shortly after, she began performing together with her husband, offering unique renditions of music for voice and guitar.

In 1999, Marisa and Carlos had their first duo performance in Europe at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux, France. In 2001, they performed a solo concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquín Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. Together they have been featured several times at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain; Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, and Pescara in Italy, Universidad de Veracurz, Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival “Due Citta” in Rome, Italy.


CONCERT LOCATION:
Florida International University
Wertheim Performing Arts Center

10910 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199 MAP

PURCHASE CONCERT TICKETS ONLINE:
MOLINA DUO TICKETS



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ROBERTO FABBRI

(Italy)

CONCERT: Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 5:00 PM


CONCERT LOCATION:
Coral Gables Museum

285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33186 MAP

CONCERT TICKETS: $30 at the door.
(Discounts: $20 for members, seniors, students with ID).

MASTERCLASS: TBA



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COLIN DAVIN

(USA)

CONCERT: Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM


CONCERT LOCATION:
St. Bede Episcopal Chapel of Coral Gables, at U.M.

1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
Located on the University of Miami Campus.
Parking is Free.

CONCERT TICKETS: $30 at the door.
(Discounts: $20 for members, seniors, students with ID).
Children are free. No Reservations needed.

MASTERCLASS: TBA



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BERTA ROJAS

(Paraguay)

CONCERT: Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM


CONCERT LOCATION:
Saint Andrews’ Episcopal Church

14260 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay, FL 33158 MAP

MASTERCLASS: TBA



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Season Past Events


JEARAKUL-28

EKACHAI JEARAKUL

(Thailand)

INAUGURAL CONCERT: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00 PM


The Miami Classical Guitar Society proudly presents the first concert of our 28th Season Guitar Masters and Laureates Series, featuring young virtuoso EKACHAI JEARAKUL from Thailand, First Prize Winner of the prestigious 2014 Guitar Foundation of America, International Competition!

EKACHAI JEARAKUL is considered one of today’s most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in North and South America, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City sponsored by the D’Addario Foundation, a Mel Bay publication, and recordings on the Naxos and GHA labels with worldwide distribution.

Ekachai has earned an impressive list of honors, which include twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011, he commissioned new arrangements and made a recording of the music of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej. Ekachai has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as JoAnn Falletta and Bundit Ungrangsee, and has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Orchestra of Italy, the Unity Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kiev Camerata,” the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute Orchestra (Thailand), the Orquesta Sinaloá de los Artes (Mexico), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).

Born in 1987 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, Ekachai Jearakul started guitar studies at the age of thirteen. His professional training as a full scholarship student began at Mahidol University College of Music, where he completed a Bachelor in Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Paul Cesarczyk. Subsequently, Ekachai went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guitar Performance at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Prof. Marco Tamayo. Since 2007, Thai Bev “Sangsom” Thai Talent has sponsored Ekachai, and in 2013 he became a Yamaha artist.


CONCERT LOCATION:
St. Bede Episcopal Chapel of Coral Gables, at U.M.

1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
Located on the University of Miami Campus.
Parking is Free.

CONCERT TICKETS: $30 at the door.
(Discounts: $20 for members, seniors, students with ID).
Children under 12 are free. No Reservations needed.

PURCHASE CONCERT TICKETS ONLINE:
EKACHAI JEARAKUL

CONCERT General Admission $30.00




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The MCGS is a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization, brought to you with support from our SPONSORS - 28th Season: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Savarez Strings, The D'Addario Music Foundation, Anita and Morris BROAD FOUNDATION, MAD Design Studios, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Bacardi USA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad de Coria International Guitar Festival, Extremadura, Spain


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All Rights Reserved.


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Created on 10/07/2015 06:48 AM by mcgs
Updated on 02/11/2016 02:17 AM by mcgs
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