Dear Guitar Friends,
Happy New Year to everyone. We are looking forward to a great year of guitar activities and here’s an overview of what is coming up:
Winter Concert Series Continues at the Corvallis-Benton County Library Continues …
Saturday Jan 20th 2018, 3:00 PM
CONCERT FEATURING FLAMENCO GUITAR DUO BERTO BOYD & GRANT RUIZ
Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz will perform original Flamenco music from their CD “Convivencia”. Their group Flamenco Pacifico has been a favorite among Oregon festivals such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Country Fair, Britt Fest and DaVinci days. Web: www.flamencopacifico.com
Saturday Feb 17th 2018, 3:00 PM
CONCERT FEATURING CLASSICAL GUITARIST JON SHARP & SOPRANO REBECCA FROMHERZ
This concert will feature music from South America including Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of Brazil’s greatest composers, along with Argentineans Jose Luis Merlin and others. We will also explore some of the modern compositions by American guitar maestro Andrew York and look back at early music from Europe that inspired the New World.
The Next Guitar Society meeting is Monday February 5th 7-9pm Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
We are very pleased to present local guitar duo John Jarvie and Peter Thomas from Eugene as our featured artists for the meeting. Check out their duets on YouTube, and come hear them play!
You might also like to hear this great rendition of Barrios’ La Catedral by John Jarvie played standing up J
7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:35pm Guitar Workshop with Cameron O’Connor. Bring your guitar and plan on learning something from OSU’s classical Maestro!
7:40 – 8:10pm Open Stage; share your music with us – all solo guitar styles (or ensembles) and all abilities welcome.
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artists Eugene Guitar Duo John Jarvie and Peter Thomas
Entrance is FREE and open to the public (donations gratefully received).
Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333. The entrance is between New Morning Bakery and Sedlaks Boots and Shoes.
Spring Concert Presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society and Corvallis Arts Center Sunday April 8th 2018
CONCERT FEATURING CLASSICAL GUITARIST CAMERON O’CONNNOR AND PIANIST HUI WU
We are very pleased to be working with the Corvallis Arts Center to present the spring concert on the afternoon of Sunday April 8th. This promises to be a fantastic musical experience featuring two top flight musicians who will be performing a combination of solo and duet works. You can check out more about these two great talents on their respective websites:
New local Guitar maestro Cameron O’Connor
Pianist Hui Wu
Local Guitar/Ukulele Ensemble
For those of you interested in maintaining your guitar ensemble activities while we take a break at the Guitar Society, you may wish to join Anne Loewen’s guitar/ukulele ensemble which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10-11am in the Allison room at the Presbyterian Church. There is no charge for this meeting. For more info contact Anne at Loewenmusic@gmail.com
Oregon State University’s SAC Academy
OFFERING GUITAR ENSEMBLE, GROUP GUITAR, AND PRIVATE LESSONS TO THE CORVALLIS GUITAR COMMUNITY BY GUITAR INSTRUCTOR CAMERON O’CONNOR
Guitar Ensemble (Tue/Thurs 4-5pm) includes bi-weekly rehearsals of classical and contemporary music and a March concert. Rehearsal and ensemble techniques— being present and aware of your conductor and neighbors, non-verbal communication, researching repertoire— will be stressed in an effort to produce the best possible performance at the end of the term.
Group Guitar Class (Wed/Fri 4-5pm) is offered for those interested in developing basic guitar skills, including familiarity with reading notation and performing in small group settings.
Guitar Festival Weekend of June 8th and 9th
Following the success of our first festival in 2017, we will be presenting Corvallis’ Second Annual Guitar Festival in June 2018. We are in the process of establishing the agenda for the festival, but we are delighted local maestro Cameron O’Connor is going to open the event for us with the Friday night concert. We are in the process of securing the Saturday Headline artist who, assuming all goes ahead, will be fabulous J
We wish you all the very best over the festive season and I hope to see you at the Society Meeting on February 5th.
President, Corvallis Guitar Society