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Welcome to The Miami Classical Guitar Society! Now celebrating an exciting 27th Season, 2014-2015! We hope you will join us!

A non-profit 501c3 cultural organization, the MCGS initiated and developed a guitar movement in the city of Miami in 1987, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. With a mission to promote the art and appreciation of the Classical Guitar in our community, the MCGS has organized close to 200 concerts featuring the top international world renowned guitarists, as well as national and local performers. Dedicated to enhancing awareness, appreciation, and education of this beautiful instrument, the MCGS has offered guitar lovers, local 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 international competitions.

One of the most thriving guitar societies in the US, the MCGS has also 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, among many other educational and social events, for close to three decades.

Our initial goal of promoting the classical guitar within South Florida has been fulfilled, and we can now take part in this wonderful cultural experience. Please join us this Season!

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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 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.

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The Miami Classical Guitar Society

History


Officially founded in 1987 by guitarist Carlos Molina, THE MIAMI CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY commemorated its 25 Year Anniversary Season 2012-2013! It was a celebration of the classical guitar, and the Silver Anniversary of the MCGS unparalleled record of excellence in initiating and developing a guitar movement in the city of Miami, and establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization, the MCGS was created to promote greater appreciation for the classical guitar in our community and to give music lovers the opportunity to enjoy performances by local, national and international renowned classical guitarists. Other important objectives include enhancing the level of classical guitar education in our city, and offering local talented artists the means to further develop their talent through master classes, lectures and competitions.

The MCGS began its activities with the “1988-1989 Masters Concert Series”, featuring guitarists Juan Mercadal, Manuel Barrueco, David Tanenbaum, Flores Chaviano, Yasmin and Lou Mowad, and Adam Holzman. This first series was an absolute success. After a few months we recruited over one hundred members for our organization.

The following year, 1990, the MCGS presented the first “International Series”, with guitarists from several countries, including Olivier Chassain from France, Ricardo Cobo from Colombia, Francisco Cuenca from Spain, and Carlos Molina and Benjamin Verdery from the U.S. The MCGS also began offering master classes, and a five lectures series on the history of the guitar, by Carlos Molina.

The MCGS has sustained its cultural endeavor, featuring many of the most renowned national and international artists in the guitar world. In the subsequent years, we have held over One Hundred and Fifty concerts with guitarists from over 30 countries. Some invited artists in our roster are: David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Ernesto Bitetti, Roberto Aussel, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, William Kanengiser, Scott Tenant, Benjamin Verdery and Rye Schmidt, Badi Assad, Jorge Morel, Ricardo Iznaola, David Tanenbaum, Adam Holzman, Manuel Lopez Ramos, Norbert Kraft, Ricardo Cobo, Ricardo Gallén, Marcin Dylla, Stephen Aron, Antigoni Goni, Lily Afshar, Javier Garcia Moreno, Dimitri Illarionov, Massimo Delle Cese, Elena Papandreou, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Eric Franceries, Olivier Chassain, Jaime Marquez, Prague Guitar Quartet, Richard Provost, Stephen Aron, Ivan Rijos, Eleftheria Kotzia, David Martinez, Irina Kulikova, Miguel Angel Girollet, Falla Guitar Trio, Berta Rojas, Rene Izquierdo, Vladimir Gorbach, Ruben Riera, Albert Kunze, Fernando Maglia, Yasmin and Lou Mowad, Antigoni Goni, Martha Masters and Masters-Carlton Duo, Ernesto Diaz Tamayo, John Holmquist, the Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet, Luis Quintero, Richard Stover, Cristobal Pazmino, Fabio Zanon, Quartet Entrequatre, Judicael Perroy, Denis Azabagic, Hugo Geller, Panibianco del Monaco Duo, Lorenzo Michelli, Martha Masters, Vladislav Blaha, Flores Chaviano, Gabriel Guillén, Juuso Nieminen, Pedro Mateo González, the Martinez Andújar Duo, Nexus Guitar Quartet, Iliana Matos, Carles Pons, Jeremy Jouve, and Andras Csaki among many others. Click here for Complete History List

International Festivals

In 1991, the MCGS was chosen by the Guitar Foundation of America to host and organize an international guitar Convention and Competition festival that would represent the U.S. Under the direction of Carlos Molina, the Guitar Festival of the Americas, celebrated at Florida International University, was the largest gathering of professional guitarists and aficionados in the state of Florida. Twelve concerts, twelve lectures, four master classes, an international competition, a vendor’s exposition and an opening and closing reception gathered more than 150 guitarists in five days! Some of the most prestigious guitarists performed at the festival: Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Manuel Lopez Ramos, Norbert Kraft, Carlos Molina, Luis Quintero, Adam Holzman, Richard Stover, Ricardo Cobo, and Richard Provost.

In 1996, the MCGS created the First Guitar Ensemble Festival of Miami, with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet as our principal guests. The festival ended with a Community Guitar Orchestra of close to 100 guitarists, conducted by Carlos Molina. The following year, we held the Second Guitar Ensemble Festival with the Quaternaglia Quartet from Brazil.

In 2002, the MCGS produced Sun Waves Guitar Fest 2002, an international guitar festival, hosting once again the GFA International Convention and Competition, and directed by Carlos Molina. Concerts by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery and Rye Schmidt, Badi Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Jorge Morel, the Martinez Andújar Duo, Gabriel Guillén, Elena Papandreu, Eric Franceries, Olivier Chassain, Ricardo Gallén, Jaime Marquez, the Prague Guitar Quartet were the highlights. The festival was held at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, and included lectures by specialists, master classes, an international competition, a vendor’s exhibit, an art gallery exhibition, an opening gala/fiesta with popular guitar music, and even a boat tour through the Miami Bay… An unforgettable historic event! It was attended by 317 guitarists, professors and aficionados, in addition to our FL audience who packed the theater and events throughout the week- long festival. It also celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the GFA. A truly spectacular gathering!

The following year, 2003, the MCGS formed the First International Course of Artistic Expressions for the Guitar, held at Miami's Spanish Cultural Center, with Carlos Molina and Ricardo Gallén (Spain) as professors and concert artists, and the II Course of Artistic Expressions followed.

In 2004, the MCGS created and inaugurated Miami's First International Guitar Competition and Assemblage, with Carlos Molina and Ricardo Gallén, and the Nexus Guitar Quartet (Italy), as guest artists and jurors, offering national and international competitors the opportunity to perform in front of an international panel of notable judges, and a chance at top prizes and awards. The week long festival also included an assemblage of concerts by renown international guitarists, masterclasses, lectures, and lecture-recitals. Two other editions have followed, Miami's 2nd International Guitar Competition and Assemblage in 2006, and the Third Competition in 2007. We are currently organizing our fourth Miami International Competition and Assemblage, so stay tuned for news in the near future!

Parallel Events

In addition to our annual guitar series of concerts and our international competitions, the MCGS has organized a diversity of events for over two decades, such as offered dozens of master classes and lecture-recitals in conjunction with our yearly series by many of our invited guest artists. We have also included guest musicologists, such as Robert Vidal, who presented a commented film of Andrés Segovia; held special series events like an “In Memoriam Joaquin Rodrigo Guitar Series” honoring the Spanish composer Rodrigo's 100th birthday, which included an illustrated lecture by Carlos Molina on the transcendence of Rodrigo’s music for guitarists, as well as a full Rodrigo concert with guitar and voice, piano, and flute; and created many social events, including honoring Juan Mercadal’s fiftieth anniversary as a performer, and gala dinners with David Russell and other guest artists. Moreover, in 1989, the MCGS organized the Miami Guitar Ensemble, constituted by members of our organization, giving concerts throughout our community.

In 2012, the MCGS was honored to be chosen as a Finalist by the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Miami.

The Miami Classical Guitar Society continues with its initial goals of promoting the art of classical guitar. Today Miami finally has a thriving guitar movement and one of the most active guitar societies in the United States. The MCGS offers several membership categories, offering members not only discounted concert tickets and regular information about events related to the guitar, but also the opportunity to meet and share with artists at receptions and social events.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to sharing this New Season with you!

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