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Message from the Director

Grand Canyon Guitar Society is excited to present our 13th full season to the Arizona community of guitar fans, enthusiasts, and players. The 2015-16 Season promises a variety of enriching projects that we know will continue to thrill you!

We have invited several players for return engagements this season. Many will remember Johannes Möller's performance in 2011 as part of the GFA Prize Winner's tour. He kicks off our season with a program featuring sounds from India on guitar and tabla. Thomas Viloteau's performance in 2008 was a season highlight, and we are thrilled to have him return for a performance that includes a premiere performance of a new sonata by Sergio Assad. Rounding out the return engagements is flamenco guitar virtuoso Adam del Monte, who performs in February 2016.

We are thrilled to include two major European Artists. We host Zoran Dukić in January, whose concerts leave his audiences spellbound in rapturous attention. Many consider him to be one of the finest living classical guitarists in the world. Roberto Aussel is an Argentinian guitarist who has long been appreciated as one of the more influential guitarists of the late 20th Century. Please join us as we welcome him to Arizona in his first US tour in 15 years.

Finally, on April 15, we host a statewide guitar ensemble festival, where student guitarists from all of the state's university guitar programs and select high school programs will receive professional adjudication and rankings, and will participate in workshops and classes. We conclude the festival with a public performance featuring all of these ensembles and a large guitar orchestra featuring the participants. We ask you to support these young students in a formal performance concluding the 2015-16 concert season.

In 2013, GCGS implemented a new program providing free guitar instruction to traditionally underserved youth in the Flagstaff Unified School District. In partnership with Lead Guitar, a strong curriculum, and funding from Flagstaff's BBB tax funds, we provided instruction to 20 young guitarists at Puente de Hozho School twice weekly at no cost to the families, and little cost to the school. The program's success enabled us to expand into Star School, which borders the Navajo Reservation east of Flagstaff. Your support of GCGS helps us to continue this project and our desired expansion into more schools in 2015-16!

Many of our visiting artists will conduct masterclasses hosted at Arizona Music Pro, please check our website for details. Half priced student rush tickets are available at the box office 30 minutes before each concert, subject to availability.

We thank Shepherd of the Hills for allowing us use of their space for our concerts. If you haven't yet joined us in our new space, we invite you to join us in the finest sounding hall in Flagstaff, with ample parking, central location, and general admission seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.CanyonGuitar.org, at Arizona Music Pro or Bookman's, or by phoning 928.213.0752.

Craig Yarbrough

Executive Director, Grand Canyon Guitar Society

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