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International Guest Guitarist Concert Series

2015-2016 NEGS Concert Schedule

Saturday November 14, 2015, Recital 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2 PM: Meet the Artist/Masterclass

Aaron Larget-Caplan - Classical Guitarist

Aaron Larget-Caplan

Aaron Larget-Caplan hailed for his "enthusiasm and virtuosity" by Fanfare Magazine was Born in Oklahoma, raised in Colorado and gave his debut at the Tabor Opera House at age 16. Since then he has premiered over 60 compositions and performed through the United States, Italy, France, Germany and Russia. A gifted performer and speaker, Aaron is a sought after soloist and chamber musicianregularly performs new and standard repertoire and connecting with audiences with a Bernstein-esq ease.

"Aaron Larget-Caplan is a riveting artist. His classical guitar performance was a treasure."

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Saturday, March 12, 2016, Recital 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 13 - 11:00 am: Meet the Artist/Masterclass

Lily Afshar - Iranian/American Classical Guitarist

Lily Afshar - Iranian Classical GuitaristAcclaimed as "one of the world's foremost classical guitarists" according to Public Radio International, Lily Afshar is a virtuosa who brings passion to her performance. Her unique life story finds expression in her art. The Washington Post has described her onstage performance as "remarkable, impeccable." She is the only classical guitarist in the world who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.

Afshar's Persian heritage has given rise to some of her greatest musical innovations. Born in Iran to a musical family, she has drawn from Persian and Azerbaijani folk music traditions to create arrangements of works for the classical guitar which are as rich and beautiful as a Persian miniature. She arranged for guitar and published Five Popular Persian Ballads with Mel Bay, and is presently creating a new collection of guitar arrangements of traditional Persian and Azerbaijani songs. She has also fascinated concert goers with occasional live performance on the seh-tar, a traditional Persian instrument which evolved over many centuries into the guitar.

“Afshar is one of the world's leading classical guitarists, with remarkable innovations furthering the influence of the instrument.”

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Saturday, April 9, 2016, Recital 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm: Meet the Artist/Masterclass

Robert Gruca - Classical Guitarist

Robert Gruca

Robert Gruca is a dynamic young classical guitarist with an impressive repertoire. He has performed solo recitals throughout much of the United States and has also performed concertos with several leading symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, his many awards include first prize in the Columbus State Guitar Festival Competition, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, and the East Carolina University Guitar Festival. He received a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Jason Vieaux, who performed for Del Valle Fine Arts in 2004.

Robert Regularly performs with flutist Linda White as part of the Gruca White Ensemble. As Artists in Residence at The Music School Settlement, Robert and Linda entertain audiences throughout Greater Cleveland with their fresh approach which combines classical, latin, popular, and improvised music.

"American guitarist Robert Gruca is a brilliant player with gorgeous tone and a flawless sense of rhythm. Rarely have I heard these works played with such finesse and understanding on either harpsichord or piano."
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Saturday, May 14, 2016, Recital 8:00 pm
Music School Showcase - The Juilliard School
Under the direction of Sharon Isbin

The Juilliard SchoolJuilliard's renowned Music Division is the largest and most diverse of the School's three divisions, with some 600 students from more than 40 countries. Its distinguished faculty includes internationally renowned soloists, chamber, and orchestral musicians, as well as leading pedagogues and scholars. Among them are recipients of Pulitzer Prizes, Grammy and Academy Awards, and numerous prominent fellowships.

Juilliard's guitar department enjoys an outstanding reputation, attracting talented young artists from around the world. The department is led by renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin, who established the program in 1989.

New England Guitar Society

Fundraising Event

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