2016-2017 Season Line-up
All SINGLE CONCERT TICKETS - $25 in ADVANCE, $30 DAY of SHOW
All Classical Series concerts will be held at:
Steel String Series
All Steel String Series concerts will be held at:
We will send your tickets to the address that you provide during the PayPal checkout. Purchases made in the final week before concerts will be held at the box office for pick up the evening of the concert.
For more information about the Concert Series, please contact Grand Canyon Guitar Society at (928) 213-0752 or info@CanyonGuitar.org.
Born in Toulouse, France, Thibaut Garcia began to play the guitar at the age of seven. He studied in Toulouse where he received his chamber music diploma. At twenty-two, Garcia has already won several international competition prizes including first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America in Oklahoma City in 2015. In part of his competition accolades, Garcia has already begun an international concert career, having performed in France, Spain, England, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Canada, United States, Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, and China.
Kithara Duo (Olga Amelkina-Vera and Fernand Vera) was formed in 2002 and have performed nationally as well as in Europe and South America. Kithara Duo's critically acclaimed debut CD, Beings, was released by Soundset Recordings in 2011. Kithara Duo are faculty at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where Fernand directs the award-winning Guitar Studies program, and Olga teaches in the guitar, theory, history, and composition areas. For the most up-to-date information, please follow www.facebook.com/kitharaduo.
Born in Paris in 1973, Judicaël Perroy began his guitar studies at the Paris Academy of Music at the age of seven with Raymond Gratien. An acknowledged prodigy by the age of eleven, he won numerous prizes culminating with his triumph in October 1997 at the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition, earning him the winner's tour of the Americas, with over sixty concerts and master classes.
He is in great demand as a teacher and adjudicator at numerous international festivals. His students continue to win top prizes in regional, national and international competitions worldwide while he tours extensively throughout the world. He has made a number of recordings while teaching at the National Academy of Aulnay-sous-Bois and has been recently appointed to a teaching position at the pole Superieur of Lille starting in September of 2011.
Andrew York is one of today's best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. In Andrew's concerts the theater becomes a living room, and the musical conversation begins with the first note. His authenticity has inspired a worldwide following, with his touring schedule spanning more than thirty countries. Recent concerts include Rome, Lima, Beijing, Ankara, Munich, Manhattan, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Andrew's twelfth tour of Japan. Mr York has composed for LAGQ a new work with a world premiere performance in Flagstaff this spring. We are thrilled to host a return engagement this season!
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
The Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. In March 2017, LAGQ will perform a newly commissioned work by Andrew York for guitar quartet and guitar orchestra featuring students from Arizona's university level guitar programs in a three concert tour of the state.
John Doyle and Duncan Wickel
Impossibly in demand in the studio and on the road, immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.
In 1994 John Doyle brought his brilliant and innovative guitar stylings to the Irish super-group Solas, which soon took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm. In the years since going out on his own, John has recorded two solo albums, including Wayward Son, which The Irish Edition hailed as "a contender for Album of the Year;" and has become a highly sought-after accompanist and session player for the likes of Joan Baez, Eileen Ivers, Tim O'Brien, Linda Thompson, Seamus Egan, Alison Brown and Kate Rusby.
GCGS is thrilled to present Mr Doyle alond with Duncan Wickel on fiddle as the first performers in our new Pop/Rock/Folk guitar series hosted at FireCreek Coffee Company in Downtown Flagstaff.
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres: the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships. In the 80's and 90's Michael proved himself to be one of the worlds finest classical guitarists, and in 1994 he turned his attention to pop music, in arranging, producing and recording Time-Life Music's beautiful Guitar by Moonlight collection, which sold 250,000 copies in it's first two years in the stores. Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico.