February Newsletter – Meetings and Events

Dear Guitar Friends,
Thanks to everyone who turned out for the January meeting. It was a great combination of education (Cameron’s workshop), playing (plenty of open stage performances), and listening (John Jarvie and Peter Thomas Duo from Eugene) which are the three core elements of the Guitar Society mission!

The Next Guitar Society meeting is Monday March 5th 7-9pm Odd Fellows Hall, Corvallis
We are delighted to welcome back as our featured artist one of our favourite classical guitar maestros and educator James Bishop-Edwards who will be performing together with Kimberly Fitch, an outstanding violist, both from Ashland, Oregon. Furthermore, James and Kimberly will be conducting the workshop focused on ensemble music, something they are very good at! Everyone is encouraged to bring their guitar and join in. We will perform Santa Lucia, one of the pieces our group ensemble performed at the first Winter Guitar Concert at Corvallis Library in December. This will be the starting platform for the workshop and James and Kimberly will take it from there. The music score for Santa Lucia is posted to the website. https://corvallisguitarsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Santa-Lucia-as-part-of-Forrest-Guitar-Ensemble-Group-3.pdf

This is a great opportunity to build on our ensemble activities to which we will be returning in the second half of the year.

7:00 – 7:05pm Welcome
7:05 – 7:40pm Guitar Ensemble Workshop with James Bishop-Edwards and Kimberly Fitch.
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 from Ashland  Guitar and viola Duo James Bishop-Edwards and Kimberly Fitch.

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.

We have a run of First Monday Guitar Society Meetings coming up with some great featured artists, so mark these down in your calendar:

March 5th James Bishop-Edwards and Kimbery Fitch Classical Guitar and Viola Duo
April 2nd Travis Johnson Classical Guitar
May 7th Duo Tenebroso Classical Guitar Duo; David Franzen and Kristen Waligora https://duotenebroso.com/
June 4th OSU Guitar Ensemble Directed by Cameron )’Connor

Spring Concert Presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society and Corvallis Arts Center Sunday April 8th 2018
We are very pleased to be working with the Corvallis Arts Center to present the spring concert on the afternoon of Sunday April 8th at the Corvallis Arts Center, downtown Corvallis. This promises to be a fantastic musical experience featuring two top flight musicians who will be performing a combination of solo and duet works.

Tickets are now available online at BrownPaper Tickets:

You can check out more about these two great talents on their respective websites:
The local Guitar maestro Cameron O’Connor

Pianist Hui Wu

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 delighted local maestro Cameron O’Connor is going to open the event for us with the Friday night concert and equally delighted that our Saturday night Concert Artist will be Grisha Goryechev. A native of St Petersburg, Russia, now residing in the US, Grisha is an extraordinarily talented and internationally famous classical and flamenco guitarist. He has plenty of postings on YouTube so you can check him out:
He will also be presenting the festival Master-Class on Saturday morning.
You can find out more about Grisha here http://www.grishaguitar.com/

We wish you all the very and I hope to see you at the Society Meeting on March 5th.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society

Lute Recital – Hideki Yamaya Performing Renaissance Music February 14th

Hideki Yamaya, an acclaimed lutenist from New Haven, CT will present a solo recital on 10-course Renaissance lute from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday 14th February at OSU.

The program will include selections from early 17th-century England, France, and Italy. Composers represented will include John Dowland, Robert Ballard, Johann Kapsberger, and Alessandro Piccinini.

Oregon State University
Benton Hall 303
Corvallis, Oregon

Free admission; suggested donation $10 general/$5 student

Mr. Yamaya will also present a lute song concert with OSU vocal faculty Amy Hansen, soprano and Nicholas Larson, tenor, on the evening of Thu. Feb. 15 at the same venue from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.