Miles McConnell back in Madison at St. John's

Location: 322 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703, USA

Miles McConnell returns for a visit to Madison from his new home in Nashville for a program featuring music of Beethoven, Bach, Lauro, Tarrega, and Turina, plus Miles' arrangements of film music and popular songs for classical guitar.

Suggested donation: $20 for non-MCGS members, $10 for MCGS members.

Brandon Acker - Lecture Recital August 20th at 2:00

Location: 1055 E Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703, USA

MCGS is very excited to be able to bring Brandon to Madison in our first collaboration with Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts) in their beautiful new facility on East Mifflin! This building boasts several performance spaces and we're looking forward to more collaborations with them, and Brandon, in the future.

Brandon Acker is a classical guitarist and specialist on early plucked instruments such as the theorbo, baroque guitar, and lute. His latest passion has been running his successful Youtube channel which now has over 380,000 subscribers and 26 million views. His channel provides educational content about early plucked instruments as well as guitar tips and artistic performance videos. In 2020, he and his wife started an online school for "all things that go pluck!" called Arpeggiato. The school offers lessons from professional musicians from around the world on lute, baroque guitar, vihuela, mandolin, oud, classical guitar, and more. Within the first year of opening, this online school has taught over 2000 lessons to students in over 20 countries.

Brandon’s performance career has varied from starting out playing electric guitar in metal bands to his current main focus researching and performing on early plucked instruments from the Renaissance, Baroque periods. He has toured extensively through England, Canada, Scotland, and Wales, and performed with notable groups such as the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, the Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Third Coast Baroque, Opera Lafayette, and Bella Voce. Recently, he was selected as one of five international laureates to compete in an concerto competition with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

For more information, please visit www.brandonackerguitar.com or check out his YouTube channel.

Brandon's YouTube Channel

Madison Youth Arts

Tritonus Guitar Trio

Location: Gates of Heaven, 302 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53706, USA

We'll be hosting three Hungarian guitarists on July 7th at The Gates of Heaven synagogue as part of our summer concert series. The trio are winners of many prestigious awards including the GFA International Ensemble Competition in 2019. More info at:

https://tritonusguitartrio.com/home

https://www.madisoncgs.org/

$20 requested donation for general public, and $10 for past and present MCGS members. Please give if you can and consider re-upping your membership if you've registered in the past. The support is appreciated and this is shaping up to be quite an active summer season!

This project is supported by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. This project is also funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic Duo

Location: 610 North St, Madison, WI 53704, USA

Fareed and Goran are two of the most accomplished classical and jazz performers around and MCGS is excited to sponsor this dynamic duo at the North Street Cabaret on June 9th! Proficient in many styles, this promises to be a diverse and entertaining program.

As a special treat, they'll be showing off a handful of special guitars before the concert from 5-6pm for anyone who would like to stop by and experience these instruments and maybe get a chance to chat with the performers themselves about them!

$20 requested donation for general public, and $10 for past and present MCGS members. Please give if you can and consider re-upping your membership if you've registered in the past. The support is appreciated and this is shaping up to be quite an active summer season!

This project is supported by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. This project is also funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Grisha Goryachev In Concert

Location: 900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705, USA

MCGS is excited to host one of the world's most remarkable and explosive flamenco players at the beautiful Atrium Auditorium at The First Unitarian Society of Madison! Doors open at 7:00, with the concert beginning around 7:30.

Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.

Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. He creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition "Julian Arcás" in Almería, Spain.

Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. At nine years old, Grisha started his performing career as a child prodigy. His numerous performances in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised.

Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. Since his immigration to the United States in 1995, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues.

Lisa Link Peace Park Concert Series






We're finally back to scheduling some in-person events!
Gabor Szarvas, in conjunction with Downtown Madison has organized a series of 6 outdoor classical guitar concerts which will be happening on the 2nd and 4th Fridays for June, July, and August at Lisa Link Peace Park at 452 State Street. Each session will have a featured performer, as well as some time scheduled for a handful of students and other performers to sign-up for a limited slot. Not quite the same as our Lakeside open mic "show up and play" model, but still an opportunity to play in public. Please contact Gabor ahead of time if you'd like to get a slot in the program.  Contact info can be found in the "Booking" tab.









While live performances still aren't an option, you can trust that we're still doing what we can to keep the music going! We're very excited to have assembled some submissions from a few artists to create our own virtual concert. Nathan Bredeson, Silviu Ciulei, and Steve Cowan are all Wilson Center Competition winners and have played in previous years at concerts at our Lakeside Street Coffeehouse concerts.  We're happy to welcome them again and see how their careers and skills have grown!






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This project is supported by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.
This project is also funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
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