Corvallis Guitar Festival November 10th and 11th 2023

Festival Location:

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97333

Festival Activities:

Friday November 10th
7:00pm- 9:00pm     Full Concert by Steve Lin
Tickets Available online, and at the entrance door.

Opening Ensemble Concert by Cameron O’Connor at the beginning of the concert

Saturday November 11th
10:00am – 11:00am          Steve Lin Technique Workshop – bring your guitar, and music stand to participate in this session.
Free and open to the public

11:15am – 12:15pm          Composer Jason Heald explaining about writing for guitar music, and specifically talking about his music. He’ll be able to address basic points about composing for the guitar.
Free and open to the public

1:30pm – 2:30pm              Masterclass with William Kanengiser.
2 students, 30 mins each. And the students are Jacob Ripley and Brandon Azbill
Free and open to the public

2:30pm – 3:45pm              Vendor Exhibit in the Foyer supported by Travis Johnson, Peter Tsiorba, Greg Miller, & Max Sipe

Free and open to the public

3:45pm – 4:45pm              Featured Luthier Exhibition Guitars played for the audience in the main Sanctuary Space. Travis Johnson will be the performer for this session.
Free and open to the public

7:00pm – 9:00pm   Full Concert by William Kanengiser.
Tickets Available online, and at the entrance door

Opening Ensemble Concert by Cameron O’Connor at the beginning of the concert

Steve Lin

California virtuoso Steve Lin opens the festival on Nov. 10 at 7:00pm. Described as “virtuosic…elegant…and romantic” (Soundboard) amd “a confident player with a powerful sound, quick hands, and a solid musical memory,” (Classical Guitar) Steve Lin is among the most engaging players of his generation.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Taiwanese Folk Songs, arranged by Nathan Kolosko
Lover’s Broken Heart                                                                          Tien-Wang Chou
Longing for the Spring Wind                                                               Tsan-Fu Yao
Black, Black Sky                                                                                 Traditional Taiwanese

Music from Studio Ghibli, arranged by Steve Lin
One Summer’s Day (from Spirited Away)                                          Joe Hisaishi
Ashitaka and San (from Princess Mononoke)

Sonata in C major, BWV 1005                                                            J.S. Bach
Adagio – Fuga – Largo – Allegro Assai

Porro (from Suite Colombiana No.2)                                                  Gentil Montaña
Tanti Anni Prima (arranged by Steve Lin)                                          Astor Piazzolla
Lamentos do Morro (transcribed by Paulo Bellinati)                          Garoto

William Kanengiser

William Kanengiser is the star on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7:00pm.
He has forged a career that expands the possibilities of the classical guitar. William is a prize-winner in major competitions (1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Toronto Guitar ’81) he has toured throughout North America, Asia, and Europe with his innovative programs and expressive musicianship. He recorded four CD’s for the GSP label, playing music as diverse as Caribbean, Eastern European, and jazz. A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, he has given master classes around the world and produced two instructional videos. An active proponent of new music, he recently received a grant from the Augustine Foundation for his “Diaspora Project,” commissioning seven new works focusing on issues of migration and assimilation.
As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, William Kanengiser has given hundreds of recitals and concerto appearances around the world, and has recorded over a dozen releases. Their Telarc release “LAGQ Latin” was nominated for a GRAMMY®, and it was their Telarc title “LAGQ’S Guitar Heroes” which won a GRAMMY® in 2005 as the best classical crossover recording.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Sevillana (Fantasia), Op. 29 (1923)                                  Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
English Suite (1967)                                                               John Duarte (1919-2004)
Folk Song
Round Dance
Reflections on the Life of the Dranyen (2021) *       Andrea Clearfield (b.1960)
The Bootlegger’s Tale (2019) *                                        Bryan Johanson (b. 1951)
Lament for a Broken Still
Ode to Whisky, with a Couple of Doubles
Cat and Mouse Interlude
Head for the Hills!
Beyond the Horizon *                                                          Matthew Dunne (b. 1959)
The Village
The Sea
The Horizon
Two Cuban Folksong Arrangements (1956-7)        Léo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Afro-Cuban Lullaby
Danza Carecterística 
Three African Sketches (1996)                                        Dušan Bogdanović (b. 1955)
Allegro ritmico
Allegro ritmico
From “Sketches for Friends” (1994)                            Brian Head (b. 1964)
Brookland Boogie

Cameron O’Connor

Cameron O’Connor provides wonderful musical lessons teaching at the faculty of Oregon State University. Guitar Ensemble lessons is one of the sessions he teaches which he then sets up for concerts. He will be leading the Ensemble for 20 minutes on both Friday and Saturday at the Festival prior to Steve and Michael and he has encouraged people to be part of the ensemble both including students from OSU, and guitarists who live in and near Corvallis.

Proposed Music Concert Program
Valses Poeticos           Enrique Granados
1. Melodioso
2. Tempo de valse noble
3. Tempo de Valse lente
4. Allegro humoristico
5. Allegretto
6. Quasi ad libitum (sentimental)
Mother Sea                  Joe Hisaishi arr. Cameron O’Conner
Fool on the Hill         Lennon/McCartney arr. Brouwer Transc. Cameron O’Connor

Cost of Activities at the Festival

Full Access Festival Pass                                                               $45.00
Full Access Pass enables entry into both evening concerts.

Steve Lin Concert – Friday Nov 10, 7PM                                  $25.00
This ticket enables entry into the Friday evening concert featuring guitarist Steve Lin.

Steve Lin Concert – Group Discount                                          $18.00
Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required.

William Kanengiser Concert – Saturday Nov 11, 7PM       $30.00
This ticket enables entry into the Saturday evening concert featuring guitarist William Kanengiser.

William Kanengiser Concert – Group Discount                   $22.00
Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required.

Student ticket                                                                                  $10.00
Student ticket enables entry into all events with student ID.

Children under 12 are free.

Donations for Corvallis Guitar Society are well received.

Best Regards
Jon Sharp
President, Corvallis Guitar Society