GUITARS INTERNATIONAL
Presents the 16th Annual
Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®
Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
 
 

[Among] two of the most important annual American classical guitar events.  (Classical Guitar)

Welcome to the sixteenth annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: June 3 - 5, 2016. Over the years this unique artistic event has consistently brought the world's finest classical guitarists, lutenists, lecturers, composers, teachers, and guitar makers to the Cleveland Institute of Music. This June my students and I look forward once again to sharing CIM's rich environment of world class classical guitar concerts, education, and camaraderie with old friends and new, from around the USA and beyond, in a celebration of fine music and the classical guitar.

Jason Vieaux, CIM Guitar Department Head 
 
2015 Grammy Award Winner For Best Classical Instrumental Solo

CIM FACULTY CONCERT: Friday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works to be Performed: Virtuoso Solos by Albeniz, Bach, Bellinati, Ellington, Ginastera, Giuliani, and Jobim
Program notes: Coming in May
Admission: $22.00, purchase tickets on line here or call (216) 752-7502
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Ellington - In A Sentimental Mood

MASTER CLASS: Friday, June 3, 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Description: Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Halll
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
Polácková achieved the kind of intimacy with the audience where it seemed that all were giving undivided attention to her musical communication. (Clevelandclassical)

CONCERT: Saturday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works to be Performed: Baroque and 20th Century Masterpieces by Henze, Ohana, and Weiss
Program notes: Coming in May
Admission: Free, no tickets or passes required
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Ponce - Sonata III

MASTER CLASS: Sunrday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.. 
Description: CIM and non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 217
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order. (The Washington Post)

CONCERT: Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works to be Performed: Music from Four Centuries by Bach, Bellini, Debussy, Françaix, Petit, and Scarlatti
Program notes: Coming in May
Admission: $22.00, purchase tickets on line here or call (216) 752-7502
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Debussy - Clair de lune

MASTER CLASS: Sunrday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.. 
Description: CIM and non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
Flawless interpretation and charisma and exquisite technique and particularly beautiful sound.... (Diario de Cordoba)

CONCERT: Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works to be Performed: Spanish and Cuban Guitar Sonatas by Brouwer and Sor
Program notes: Coming in May
Admission: $22.00, purchase tickets on line here or call (216) 752-7502
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Walton - Bagatelle #5

MASTER CLASS: Friday, June 3, 2:15 – 5:00 p.m. 
Description: CIM and Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 217
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

MASTER CLASS: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 – 11:45 p.m. 
Description: CIM and Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 217
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

 
Mr Davin is the real thing, a player with a virtuoso's technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination. (American Record Guide)

CIM FACULTY CONCERT: Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works to be Performed: Spanish Guitar Music by De Falla, José, Mompou, Tárrega, Torroba, and Turina
Program notes: Coming in May
Admission: $22.00, purchase tickets on line here or call (216) 752-7502
Concert Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Allegro con spirito

MASTER CLASS: Friday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 
Description: CIM and Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the [lute] of all time (Birmingham Post)

MASTER CLASS: Friday, June 3, 2:15. – 5:00 p.m. 
Description: CIM and Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
Video: Weiss - Overture in B flat

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION: Baroque Music on the Guitar: How can lute players help us play in a good style?
Day and time:
Friday, June 3, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. 
Description: A modern day lutenist has to work with ornamentation, "good and bad notes," rhetoric, original sources showing the lutenist/composer's articulation and fingering and other elements of an alternative reality! In this lecture demonstration Nigel North will show how all of this can affect music making and style when playing baroque music on the guitar.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

MASTER CLASS: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. 
Description: CIM and Non-CIM classical guitar students will perform.
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Master Class Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
If the term "Child prodigy" can be applied to luthiers, Joshia de Jonge certainly qualifies. (Acoustic Guitar)

MASTER GUITAR MAKER WORKSHOP: The Art of French Polishing
Day and time: Saturday, June 4, 1:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Description: An encore to last year's very popular workshop, participants will be taught through demonstrations and hands on exercises how to apply shellac finish to wood surfaces using traditional French polish technique.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to the public free of charge (no tickets or passes required)
Workshop Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502
Video: Patrick Kearney performs on a 2014 Joshia de Jonge classical guitar.

 
PreConcert Lecture

LECTURE TOPIC: TBA
Day and time: Sunday, June 5, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. 
Description: TBA
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to observers free of charge (no tickets or passes required).
Lecture Info: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.
 
 Celebrating Over Twenty-Six Years Of Musical Excellence

EXHIBITION: Saturday, June 4, 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. (Performance demonstration 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.)
Description: Guitars International will display a selection of fine, individually handmade classical guitars by many of the world's foremost contemporary luthiers.
Performance Demonstration: Xiaobo Pu (China), First Prize Winner in the Senior Division of the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition, will perform brief selections on each instrument from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Pogue Lobby
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Admission: Open to the public free of charge (no tickets or passes required)
Exhibition Info:
Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502 

Video: Regondi - Introduction and Caprice

About Fine Classical Guitars: A classical guitar can be a complex creation. On the one hand it can be admired simply as a tangible, static work of art, often breathtakingly beautiful in its physical form. On the other hand it should be first and foremost a tangible, kinetic work of art crafted to breathe and inspire, to give voice to the intangible art of a performer and the works of composers past and present. As such, it should be a conduit between artists of different disciplines and often different times and places.

Of course, a fine classical guitar's ultimate function should be to enable communication not just between diverse artists but between diverse artists and the hearts and minds of an even more diverse population of receptive listeners. It is the ability to mediate between people in general, then, with unimpeded sincerity and ease which is the wonder of a truly fine classical guitar. (Learn more).

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