A classical guitar festival, featuring virtuoso performances and public master classes where world class classical guitarists teach guitar technique and theory, includes events scheduled Friday through Sunday, February 25th through 27th, at the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Murphy Recital Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester.
The festival will also include displays and demonstrations by five individual custom acoustic guitar makers (four Southern California luthiers and one from Tijuana). Trilogy Guitars of Playa del Rey and Los Angeles Classical Guitars of Pasadena will have guitars and accessories on display and on sale.
Tickets can be purchased for each individual event, or a festival pass good for all three days is $65 for general admission or $40 for students.
The Loyola Marymount University Guitar Festival starts off with a concert by Spanish guitarist and Naxos Records recording artist Ricardo Gallen at 8 p.m. Friday, February 25th. Concert admission is $22 or $15 for students.
The next morning, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 26th, Gallen will teach a master class, which is a public guitar lesson. Admission to all master classes is $5.
At the master classes, an experienced student will perform a piece and then have the instructors critique it for technique and musicality for the audience.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, February 26th, a youth guitar showcase will include a performances by student guitarists in solo, ensemble and guitar orchestra settings. Admission is $5.
The guitar festival has been organized by LMU Music Department faculty members Dr. Martha Masters, who teaches guitar at LMU and Dr. Michael Miranda, LMU’s director of instrumental studies.
Masters will host a guitar workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 26th. Admission is $5.
Saturday night’s concert will be performed by guitarist Benjamin Verdery, composer and chair of the guitar department at Yale University School of Music.
Verdery will perform arrangements of Jimi Hendrix songs, including “Purple Haze,” and works by Mozart and Bach. He’ll also perform original compositions including “Be Kind All the Time,” his piece dedicated to the 14th Dalai Lama.
Verdery began his recording career in 1980 and has recorded on a number of albums released on the Sony Classical label.
Verdery has been prolific as a writer of orchestrations for large guitar ensembles and also has played internationally at festivals, including the International Guitar Festival in Havana, Cuba; and the Bad Urach Schubert Festival in Germany.
Verdery’s recording, Some Towns and Cities, was named Best Classical Guitar Recording of 1992 by Guitar Player magazine.
The next morning, Verdery will teach a master class at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 27th.
The festival will close with a concert by Thibault Cauvin, a 20-year-old virtuoso from France.
Cauvin began learning guitar at age six with his father, guitarist and composer Philippe Cauvin, with whom he still performs.
The younger Cauvin won a gold medal and medal of honor for his playing while studying guitar at the National Conservatory of Bordeaux. From there, he began to pursue a solo career.
At 17, he was unanimously nominated and then admitted to the Conservatoire National SupÈrieur de Musique de Paris.
He has won 13 international first prizes for his playing in competitions including the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition in Los Angeles and the San Francisco International Classical Guitar Competition.
He has performed as part of the orchestra of the National Conservatory of Bordeaux and has toured with the Bernard Thomas Orchestra in Portugal.
Information, (310) 338-5158.