JUNE 2012William Kanengiser performed in concert for SGS at Three Stages in Folsom, astonishing two seaprate audiences with his command of the instrument. His spoken introductions to selctions from "Fandango" by Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) to "Brookland Boogie" by Brian Head ((b. 1964) were perfected crafted and set-up listeners for a tour of the world. Other works included Twentieth Century Cuban master Leo Brouwer, Spanish guitar mainstays Francisco Tárrega Joaquin Turina, and Contemporary composers,Oliver Hunt, Fred Hand, and Bryan Johanson.

MAY 2012Cinco de Mayo weekend: Zaira Meneses sold out her Saturday night concert at Three Stages and almost sold out Sunday. She played a heroic program that displayed her exceptional virtuosity in the first half with large works by Sor, Piccinini, Weiss and Paganini. The surprise of the second half was the lights going completely out before she entered the stage singing Ponce's "Estrellita," the lights coming on as the began playing at her chair. The second half brought out repertoire more timed for Cinco de Mayo, as well as her infectious sense of humor and warmth from the stage.  On Friday the 3rd, Zaira visited a group of students at an after school program called Moral Values Program, comprised primarily of at-risk children whose primary language is Spanish. She said it was "very emotional" and the students were very reluctant to see her go.Up next at Three Stages, William Kanengiser. Up next at CSU Sacramento Capistrano Hall May 20, Antoniy Kakamakov.

APRIL 2012
Philip Hemmo played brilliantly for our April Meeting. Posted videos can be found on our facebook page and on YouTube
Ray Zhou returns: Indie Times Article

MARCH 2012
3/22/12SGS was awarded a collection of D'Addario and Planet Waves products from the D'Addario Foundation to assist in fundraising. These products, including capos, tuners, string sets and humidifier kits, will will available at SGS events throughout the year.
3/21/12: SGS Board members Daniel Roest and Steve Roberts completed and submitted a program grant application to Wells Fargo Community Giving.
3/18/12:Alexander Stroud, 15 year old virtuoso classical guitarist from the Bay Area and winner of the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Competition Youth Division 14 and under, delivered an outstanding program full of variety and technical challenges before an audience of about 90. As our featured artist for our March 2011 meeting, Alexander stepped up with exceptional control on his Kenny Hill cedar top instrument. His teacher from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Scott Cmiel, was there in support, as was his father Jim Stroud and older brother Joey.  Alexander Stroud has been studying classical guitar for eleven years, the last seven of those at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He took first place in the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition youth division in July, and in February won the Menuhin-Dowling Competition.  Alexander has performed in master classes with renowned classical guitarists such as Johannes Moller, Marc Teicholz, William Kanengiser, David Tanenbaum, Sergio Assad and Manuel Barrueco. He is a freshman at Mountain View High School, in Mountain View, California.  The videos linked below are up on YouTube in HD format. Each video covers one composition with the exception
of the Bach Cello Suite which is posted as a single video.

Variations sur "Les Folies d'Espagne"                         Mauro Giuliani

Cancion del Emperador                                                 Luys de Narvaez
Diferencias sobre "Guardame las Vacas"

Cello Suite No. 3  BWV 1009                                        J.S. Bach

Prelude 1: Lyric Melody                                               Heitor Villa-Lobos
Prelude 4: Homage to the Brazilian Indians

La Folia Folio                                                            Bryan Johanson

Preceeding Alexander's recital and opening up the monthly meeting was a short recital by the Sacramento Guitar Orchestra, led by Greg Williams and feauturing the music of Bach and Handel in three parts, with several guitarists on each part. Another great example of SGS serving the community with this opportunity for community members to join in a large ensemble and perform in public. See videos in the links to the right.

3/3-4/12:The San Francisco Guitar Quartet performed two concerts at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, with the Mobius Trio's Mason Fish filling in for David Duenas. The concerts were successes in all ways and featured the music of Mark Knippel (b. 1983), Bryan Johanson (b. 1951), G.F. Telemann (1681-1767), Phillip Houghton (b. 1954), Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), Andrew York (b. 1958), Clarice Assad (b. 19878) and a traditional Latin dance arranged by SFGQ.

Two great programs!
2/4/12:  Arina Burcéva  performed in concert at our Three Stages Classical Guitar Concert Series. and the Los Angeles Guitar Duo came up from Southern CA to give a one set recital of solo and duo music at our monthly meeting at CSUS.

The year kicks off with Ross Thompson playing a program of Bach, de Falla, Purcell and Thompson on the 15th at CSUS Capistrano Hall. The Sacramento Guitar Orchestra starts the new year with four pieces  by Handel. The first UC Davis Guitar Festival happens on the 19th through the 21st. 

2011 concluded with our annual Holiday Concert featuring the Sacramento Guitar Orchestra and Open Stage. The Society presented Jamey Bellizzi in concert at the City of Folsom's Gallery at 48 Natoma as part of our Community Concerts Series. 

Steve Lin was the featured recitalist at our monthly meeting and Benjamin Beirs performed in concert 
at Three Stages and an outreach performance at Vista del Vago for the music students.

Trio Seven was the featured program at our monthly meeting and Jon Mendle performed in our first 
Three Stages Classical Guitar Concert Series concert in the 100 seat Recital Hall.

SEPTEMBER 2011 The Guitar Society was featured in Westminster Presbyterian Church's Music at Noon concert Series.

AUGUST 2011 18 STRING DOUBLE NECK GUITARIST IAN ETHAN was presented at Folsom Senior and Public Art Center by SGS as part of it's Community Concerts Series.  Daniel Roest opened with a solo set.​ This was a partnership between the City of Folsom's Parks and Recreaton Department and SGS.
Ross Thompson
Jan 15, 3pm
Sacramento Guitar Society News in 2011-12
Sacramento Guitar Orchestra 
Holiday Concert December 16, 2011
Benjamin Beirs
Nov. 5, 8pm
Arina Burcéva 
Feb. 4, 8pm
Jon Mendle
October 1, 8pm
Sunday. May 20th, 3pm
Antoniy Kakamakov
CSUS Capistrano Hall
San Francisco Guitar Quartet
March 3, 8pm
March 4, 2pm
Zaira Meneses
May 5, 8pm
May 6, 2pm
William Kanengiser
June 2, 8pm
June 3, 2pm
Jamey Bellizzi
Dec. 9, 7pm
A look back at the 2011-12 Concert Season at Three Stages
Alexander Stroud
with Bill Kanengiser at masterclass
Sacramento Guitar Society in the news!  Classical Guitar Finds a Home at Three Stages 
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