Shepherd music department to host international guitar festival May 12–15

Shepherd University’s Department of Music is hosting the second annual Shepherd International Guitar Festival—the only one of its kind in the region—Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15. The festival will be sponsored by Integrity Home Mortgage Corporation, making it possible to bring internationally acclaimed artists to the region and to offer several concerts to the public free of charge.

The four-day festival will include master classes, guitar lessons, guitar ensemble rehearsals, workshops and five concerts by international artists in the Frank Center and at churches throughout Shepherdstown. Festival participation is open to adults and college, high school and middle school students of all ability levels. The festival will conclude with a concert featuring participants.

Festival headliner William Kanengiser, a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, will offer two master classes and a concert featuring “Concierto de Los Angeles” for solo guitar and guitar orchestra, written by Shingo Fuji. Festival guitarist participants will make up the orchestra.

Award-winning multi-genre artist Michael Chapdelaine, the only guitarist ever to win first prize in the world’s top competitions in both the classical and finger style genres at the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas, will offer a master class and concert.

Klasinc and Lončar Guitar Duo has been featured at numerous music festivals and concert series across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Klasinc and Lončar’s concert programs often blend baroque, classical and romantic compositions with Lončar’s original works, transcriptions and arrangements of Croatian and other Mediterranean folk styles and music of the Viennese tradition. The duo will offer a concert, and Miroslav Lončar will conduct the “Concierto de Los Angeles” in Kanengiser’s concert.

The D’Amore Duo, featuring oboist Emily Tsai and guitarist William Feasley, was founded in 1991 to investigate the little-known wealth of chamber music for oboe and guitar. The D’Amore Duo has toured internationally and domestically, has released three critically acclaimed recordings, and has performed at such venues as St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, the Yale Centre for British Art, the National Cathedral, the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Spanish Institute in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, and live on ABC International Radio out of Sydney, Australia.

“There are many regions of the country that offer guitar festivals, but they are usually tied to large cities, like Boston, Baltimore and the District of Columbia,” said Dr. Robert Tudor, chair of the Department of Music. “The residents of this region have varied and sophisticated musical tastes that include classical, traditional and jazz, just to name a few. Our guitar festival will offer several styles of music, workshops and master classes, and even historical presentations that will engage people in our community.”

Observation of master classes will be free and open to the public. Admission will be charged for some concerts and some are free. For more information, or to register as a participant, visit www.shepherd.edu/music/shepherd-international-guitar-festival-2016. The schedule of master classes and concerts is:

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Concert I: Klasinc & Lončar Guitar Duo, 8 pm. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W Washington St., admission by donation

Friday, May 13, 2016
Master class with William Kanengiser, 10–11:30 am, Frank Center
Master class with Miroslav Lončar, 3–4 p.m., Frank Center
Concert 2: Michael Chapdelaine, 8 pm, Frank Center Theater, admission: $15 general public, and $10 seniors and students age 18 and under

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Master class with William Kanengiser, 10 am–noon, Frank Center
Concert 3: William Kanengiser in concert (featuring “Concierto de Los Angeles”), 8 pm, Frank Center Theater. Admission: $15 general public, $10 seniors and students age 18 and under

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Master class with Michael Chapdelaine, 10 am–noon, Frank Center
Concert 4: D’Amore Duo, featuring oboist Emily Tsai and guitarist William Feasley, 1:30–3:30 pm, St. Agnes Catholic Church, 106 S. Duke Street, admission by donation
Concert 5: Festival Participants’ Showcase Concert, 6–8 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 110 N. King Street, admission by donation