November Newsletter: Winter Season Events

Dear Guitar Friends,
Here’s a quick summary of all that is coming up in the guitar world in and around Corvallis over the festive season:

  • Monday December 4th 7:00 – 9:00 Guitar Society Meeting featuring the famous Oregon Guitar Quartet (whatever else you are doing, don’t miss this event!)
  • Contemporary Fado​ ​Singer​ Ramana​ ​Vieira​ ​​Performing​ ​Portuguese​ ​World Music,​ ​New​ ​and​ ​Old together with local guitar maestro Ricardo Cardenas from Eugene: Venues are​ ​La​ ​Baguette​ ​Music​ ​cafe​ ​Ashland​ ​Dec.​ ​7,​ ​Axe​ ​&​ ​Fiddle,​ ​Cottage​ ​Grove, Dec.​ ​8th​ ​& Coelho​ ​Winery,​ ​Amity,​ ​Dec.​ ​9th.
  • Saturday December 16th 3pm Corvallis Library Winter Guitar Concert featuring guitarists from the Corvallis Guitar Society performing festive and international ensemble, duet, and solo music.
  • The January Guitar Society meeting will be Monday January 8th 2016 (because the first Monday is January 1st)
  • Friday January 12th 12:00 noon OSU a’ La Carte Lunchtime concert in the Student Memorial Building featuring Jon Sharp classical guitar, and Soprano Rebecca Fromherz.
  • Saturday January 20th 3pm Corvallis Library Winter Guitar Concert Series featuring Flamenco Guitar Duo Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz

Details of all these events are as follows…

Monday December 4th Guitar Society Meeting 7pm at Odd Fellows Hall downtown Corvallis
We are thrilled to welcome one of the world’s famous guitar quartets to our next meeting right here in Corvallis. Please mark your calendars and don’t miss this one! The Oregon Guitar Quartet is a critically acclaimed ensemble of four of the finest classical guitarists residing in Portland, Oregon. The group’s members Mario Diaz, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have been performing and recording together for nearly a decade. Their 2010 debut album Something Wondrous Fair was met with outstanding approval. Soundboard’s Jim McCutcheon wrote, “…it is the joyousness, energy, and precision of the performance that convinces me that this group is one to hear.” Since then, the group has released five more exciting and unique recordings each receiving rave reviews. We are delighted to have them come to Corvallis and they will perform selections from their new album, “Scarlatti” along with a variety of other exciting works. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on this opportunity! You can find out more about the Oregon Guitar Quartet here:

Ensemble & Open Stage Sessions at the December 4th Meeting:
We rehearsed the ensemble music for the opening Winter Guitar Concert Series at Corvallis Library at the last CGS meeting on November 6th and will be doing the same at the upcoming meeting on December 4th. Check out the music on the website (see post below), bring your guitar and join in! Also, there will be an open stage session as usual for people to get up and share their music with us – all acoustic guitar styles are welcome.

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:45pm Open Ensemble: bring your guitar, footstool and join in. Music is already posted here on the website (see post below) and is the ensemble music for the December 16th concert.
7:45 – 8:10pm Open Stage
8:10 – 8:20pm BREAK and Refreshments
8:20 – 9:00pm Featured Artists:  The Oregon Guitar Quartet!

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.

Portuguese World Music Concert Series
Contemporary Fado​ ​Singer​ Ramana​ ​Vieira ​​Performing​ ​Portuguese​ ​World Music,​ ​New​ ​and​ ​Old together with local guitar maestro Ricardo Cardenas from Eugene. Oregonians will have a rare opportunity to hear Portuguese fado music performed live when California-based fado singer and composer Ramana Vieira brings her dramatic and powerful voice to the Willamette Valley for three concerts in December. Check out her website calendar for more details.
Also, if you want to hear her singing Fado style music, check out YouTube:

The Winter Guitar Concert Series at Corvallis Library, hosted by the Guitar Society
The Corvallis Guitar Society will also be hosting three one-hour concerts at the Corvallis Library. These concerts are FREE and open to the public, so tell your friends and come long for some enjoyable festive music from around the world.
Saturday December 16th 3pm Featuring members of the Guitar Society solos , duets, and ensembles.
Saturday January 20th 3pm Featuring Flamenco Duet Berto Boyd & Grant Ruiz
Saturday February 17th 3pm Featuring Jon Sharp classical guitar and Soprano Rebecca Fromherz

OSU a’ La Carte Concert Friday January 12th 12:00 Noon
Wonderful Soprano Rebecca Fromherz and I (classical guitarist Jon Sharp) will be kicking off the OSU a’ La Carte Lunchtime Concert Series in the New Year on Friday January 12th. This free, lunch-hour concert series has been a tradition at Oregon State University since 1969. The concerts take place in the beautiful Memorial Union Lounge, beginning at 12 p.m. and lasting for approximately 45 minutes. We will be performing works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, John Dowland, Andrew York, and Jorge Morel.

Thank you and I hope to see you at the Society Meeting on December 4th .

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society