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Welcome to The Miami Classical Guitar Society! We are now in our 26th Season, 2013-2014!

The MCGS is a non-profit 501c3 cultural organization founded in 1987, with a Mission to promote the art and appreciation of the Classical Guitar in our community, and to bring guitar lovers the opportunity to enjoy performances by local, national and international world renowned guitarists. Dedicated to enhancing the awareness and education of the classical guitar in our city, we have offered performers, teachers, and students the means to further develop their talents and passion for the classical guitar through our yearly cultural programming of concerts, master classes, lectures, lecture-recitals, guitar courses, ensembles, and competitions.

One of the most thriving guitar societies in the US, the MCGS has brought hundreds of acclaimed guitarists to Miami, directed two of the most prestigious International Guitar Festivals in the country with the Guitar Foundation of America, created the First Guitar Ensemble Festival of Miami, founded Miami's First International Guitar Competition, and held a yearly programing series, among many other educational and social events, for over two decades.

Our initial goal of promoting and developing a classical guitar movement central to the city of Miami has been fulfilled, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. We can now take part in this wonderful cultural experience as in no other time in Miami. We hope you join us this 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, Mad 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; Rise Kern Cultural Presentations; and Consulate of Brazil in Miami.

Miami Classical Guitar Society 2013-2014 Concert Series - 26th Season
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MCGS 2013-2014 Concert Series





UPCOMING CONCERTS & EVENTS:



CONCERTPURCHASE CONCERT TICKETSConcert Time & DateConcert Location
Thierry BEGIN-LAMONTAGNE
Past Event
8:00 PM Saturday, January 18, 2014St. Bede Episcopal Chapel at UMMAP
Rovshan MAMEDKULIEV
Past Event
8:00 PM Saturday, February 1, 2014St. Bede Episcopal Chapel at UM MAP
ASSAD BROTHERS
General Admission $35.00

5:00 PM Sunday, February 23, 2014Congregational Church of Coral Gables MAP
Discount Tickets available at the door for Members, Seniors, and Students w/ ID. For additional information please call 305-412-2494 or
Email for more info




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ARTIST AND CONCERT INFO

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ASSAD BROTHERS (Brazil)

Concert: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:00 PM


“The best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history…”The Washington Post

The Miami Classical Guitar Society is very proud to present the fourth Concert of our 26th Season, featuring the finest classical guitar duo in the world, Brazilian brothers Sérgio and Odair ASSAD.

BIO:
Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists in innovation, ingenuity and expression. The Grammy-winning duo are renowned for their seamless collaboration and impeccable guitar technique, performing Baroque, classical and Romantic masterworks, as well as original pieces. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America.

The Assad Brothers have played a major role in creating new music for two guitars, and their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Egberto Gismonti, Fernando Suarez Paz, the inimitable Paquito D’Rivera. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava.

The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy. The Assads are also recognized as prolific recording artists, primarily for the Nonesuch and GHA labels.

CONCERT DATE:
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

CONCERT LOCATION:
Coral Gables Congregational Church

3010 De Soto Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

TICKETS: $35 General Admission at the Door. Purchase Tickets Online above. ($25 for members/seniors/students with ID.)

Questions email: info(at)miamiguitar.org


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Past Events

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ROVSHAN MAMEDKULIEV (Russia)

Concert: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 8:00 PM


The Miami Classical Guitar Society proudly presents the third concert of its 2013-2014 Season, featuring young Russian virtuoso ROVSHAN MAMEDKULIEV, First Prize Winner of the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born in 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan and grew up in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). From a very early age he showed exceptional musical talent and began guitar lessons at the age of 11. In 2004, he was accepted into the prestigious Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally renowned guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky, graduated with honors, and was invited to join the faculty upon his graduation. In 2006, Rovshan received a special grant from Russian President Vladimir Putin for high achievements in the arts.

Since then, Rovshan has performed in major cities in France, Russia, Germany, Spain and in the United States, where he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles and orchestras including l’Ensemble orchestral de Valencia (Spain), Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Musique Superiur de Paris (France), Azerbaydzhanian State Chamber Orchestra.

As a competitor, Rovshan has been a laureate of over 23 competitions, earning the praise of judges and audiences. Notably, he has won first prizes and the special interpretive awards in three competitions based on performances of obligatory works of particular composers: the 41st International Guitar Competition "Francisco Tárrega” (Spain), the 10th International Guitar Competition "Hommage à Leo Brouwer” (France), and the1st International Guitar Competition "Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Spain).

Being an advocate of new music, Rovshan has premiered many new works for guitar including the Concerto No. 3 "Antony” for guitar and orchestra composed by Philippe Lemaigre and the Concerto "Famalicao” by Elena Lebedeva for guitar with chamber orchestra.

As a result of his most recent win at the XXX Guitar Foundation of America's International Concert Artist Competition (Charleston, USA, 2012), Rovshan Mamedkuliev will embark on a tour of over 50 cities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in the 2013-2014 season. As part of the competition prize, he has just recorded a new CD with the Naxos label.

CONCERT DATE:
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

CONCERT LOCATION:
St. Bede Episcopal Chapel
1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
(At the University of Miami)

TICKETS: $25 general admission at the door, $20 members/seniors/students with ID. Children under 12 are free.



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THIERRY BEGIN-LAMONTAGNE (Canada)

Concert: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8:00 PM


The Miami Classical Guitar Society proudly presents the second concert of its 2013-2014 Concert Series, International Guitar Masters Duo and Laureates, featuring Canadian virtuoso THIERRY BEGIN-LAMONTAGNE: First Prize Winner of the 2012 "Ciudad de Coria" International Competition; as well as Winner of José Tomás in Petrer, Spain; Montreal Grand Prix, Canada; Robert Vidal Competition, France, among others.

Thierry has been active on the musical scene for more than ten years. He has performed concerts in various countries, such as Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Normandy, as well as in his native Canada. He has participated in intensive courses and master classes, notably with Sergio Assad, Roberto Aussel, Denis Azabagic, Rémi Boucher, Aniello Desiderio, Roland Dyens, and others. Thierry completed his Master’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at Laval’s University in Quebec. He is recognized as one of the most talented young artists of his generation, known for the deepness of his interpretations.

Program includes works by: Tárrega, Gaspar Sanz, Bach, Paganini, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mauro Giuliani, Patrick Roux, and Agustín Barrios Mangoré.

CONCERT DATE:
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

CONCERT LOCATION:
St. Bede Episcopal Chapel
1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
(At the University of Miami)

TICKETS: $25 general admission at the door, $20 members/seniors/students with ID. Children under 12 are free.



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DUO SIQUEIRA LIMA (Brazil)

Season Opening Concert: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8:00 PM


Brought to you in Collaboration with Rise Kern Cultural Presentations, and the Consulate of Brazil in Miami, The Miami Classical Guitar Society is very proud to present the Inaugural Concert of the 26th International Guitar Masters Series, featuring the extraordinary virtuoso sensation DUO SIQUEIRA LIMA from Brazil!

Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima are considered a new phenomenon of the Brazilian guitar. This stunning pair performs with a combination of virtuosity, style and elegance reaching into the depths of baroque, contemporary repertoire as well as their beloved Brazilian popular music. Program includes selections by: Scarlatti, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rodrigo, DeFalla, Villa-Lobos, Cesar Camargo, Dominguinhos & Piazzolla.

"Each work received a brilliant and emotional return of public, impressed with the wealth of images, art and freedom." - Viktoriya Sydorenko, Lyviv, Ukraine)

BIO:
The Siqueira-Lima Duo is formed by Uruguayan Cecilia Siqueira and by Brazilian Fernando Lima. Together since 2002, they are a global reference in acoustic duo formation, with remarkable performances in major festivals, major theatres and television programs. Critics have always highlighted their absolute timing and technique to acoustic guitars, but mainly the charisma and joy to make music. Their first meeting was marked by a historic event in their careers, which occurred in the 2001 International Guitar Competition in Caxias do Sul (Brazil), where they shared First Prize.

The Duo's latest recording album, “Um a Um” (2010), was released in Europe and the United States by the acclaimed Belgian GHA Records label, fully formed by Brazilian music repertoire, with unpublished arrangements created by their own and with works composed and dedicated especially to them. The CD was released in the “III International Guitar Festival of Paris” and has been praised by specialized magazines, such as the “Guitare Classique” (France), “Classical guitar” (England) and “il Fronimo (Italy).

The CD “Lado a Lado - Side by Side” (2006), revealed the intimacy of the Duo with Brazilian music and opened the doors to a broader musical universe, in addition to the classical music. Currently, they are requested in both chamber music series on popular music or Jazz festivals. The duo has performed all over Europe, United States and South America, and recently returned from their first trip to South Africa. Their tours include concerts in major theatres and festivals, such as Festival Internacional de Guitare de Paris (France), Palazzo Kongresowa (Warsaw-Poland); International Musical Festival (Kaluga-Russia); Jazz Festival (St. Petersburg-Russia), Brest International Music Festival (Brest-Belarus), Festival de Guitare de Lausanne (Lausanne-Switzerland), Festival Guitares du Monde (Perpignan-France), National Concert Hall and Festival of World Cultures, (Dublin-Ireland), Palazzina Liberty (Milan-Italy), Tchaikovsky (Gomel-Belarus) and Ësterhaze Castle (Fertod-Hungary).

The Siqueira-Lima Duo also performs with symphonic orchestras, such as the São Paulo metropolitan Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the University of São Paulo, and teach workshops and Master Classes around the world. They recently performed alongside the great Brazilian Clarinetist and conductor, Paulo Moura, covering works of Radamés Gnattali and Astor Piazzolla.


CONCERT LOCATION:
New World Center for the Arts

500 17th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139 MAP

TICKETS*:
*Different Ticket categories available, from $21-$61. Please note this is a fundraising concert.
Purchase Tickets Online: www.newworldcenter.com TICKETS
Contact Box Office: (305) 673-3331
Tickets email: tickets@nws.edu


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The MCGS is a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization, brought to you with support from our 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, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Mad Studios, Bacardi USA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad de Coria International Guitar Festival, Extremadura, Spain; Rise Kern Cultural Presentations; Consulate of Brazil in Miami.


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