Past Seasons

Grisha Goryachev

Friday Sept. 20, 8:oopm, St. Barnabas Church. St. Barnabas Map Tickets $30 General, $20 Students/Seniors at the door.

The dazzling classical and flamenco artist Grisha Goryachev makes his first Victoria appearance. It is no exaggeration to place him among the elite of the world’s top Goryachevflamenco artists. He will be playing flamenco compositions by modern and traditional maestros, each with different colors of beauty, intensity, stretching the guitar to express all of its capable emotions.   From delicate harmonics that wittingly ends a playful Garrotin, to fiery rasgueados that accompany the fastest of Bulerias, to delicate tremolos in Granadina, the audience can expect an unbelievable display of musicality, artistry, and technical virtuosity.  Grisha will present the music of Vicente Amigo, Ernesto Lecuona, Mario Escudero, Manolo Sanlúcar, Rafael Riqueni, and Paco de Lucía. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

GuitarWorks – Music of David A. Jaffe

Saturday Nov. 9, 8:00pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, GuitarWorksJaffeMcLaurin Bldg. $17.50 & $13.50 Buy tickets hereGuitarWorksfeatures the music of Bay Area composer David A. Jaffe joining Victoria musicians in a concert of diverse works. David A. Jaffe: mandolin and 5-string banjo, Alex Jang: mandolin, Doug Hensley: guitar, Guyonne Le Louarn: viola, Susan Young: soprano, Alexei Paish: conductor, UVic Guitar Orchestra, Alexander Dunn: guitar and producer. The program includes the Canadian premiere of May All Your Children Be Acrobats, for soprano, eight guitars, and electro-acoustic sound, on texts of Carl Sandburg, and the premiere of Grass Valley Fire for two mandolins and two guitars.. A fascinating offering of eclectic music by one of North America’s most interesting and engaging composers. This concert is supported by the VGS.


Sat. Nov. 16, 8:0opm Chapel of the New Jerusalem (Burdett & Quadra). This concert is supported by the VGS. “Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet.”—Stephen Petit, The London Evening Standard.

LachrymaeThe splendid British viol consort brings a program celebrating the 450th anniversary of John Dowland, England’s eminent Elizabethan composer. Featuring Lachrimae, or Seaven Tearesfor viol consort and Renaissance Lute. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear the Lachrymae cycle in its glorious entirety, featuring one of Europe’s finest lutenists, Elizabeth Kenney. Guitar Masterclass with Elizabeth Kenney: Chapel of the New Jerusalem, Sat. Nov. 16, 2-5pm. Free admission to masterclass.

And though the title doth promise teares, unfit guests in these ioyfull times, yet no doubt pleasant are the teares which Musicke weepes, neither are teares shed alwayes in sorrow, but sometime in ioy and gladnesse.” John Dowland, in his dedication to Queen Anne of Lachrimae(1604).

A Britten Celebration

Sat. Nov. 23, 8;00pm Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, McLaurin Bldg.$17.50 & $13.50 Buy tickets here. Solo, ensemble and vocal works of the eminent Britten CelebrationBritish composer, Benjamin Britten, commemorating the centenary of his birth. Victoria Conservatory of Music faculty present a program revealing the composers’ fascination with compatriots  Henry Purcell and John Dowland, and a portrait of the the composers’ vocal and instrumental works. A Britten Celebration includes three Purcell songs arranged by Britten, Songs from the Chinese. Op. 68, Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70, Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of Dowland Op. 43, Introduction & Rondo Burlesca Op. 23#1, and the Sonata for Cello and PianoOp. 65. With Kathyrn Whitney – mezzo-soprano, Roger Buksa & Anna Cal – piano duo,  Guyonne Le Louarn – viola, Anne Grimm – soprano, Robert Holliston – piano, Paula Kiffner – cello, Alexander Dunn – guitar and producer. Tune in here for the live broadcast. This concert is supported by the VGS.

Alexander Dunn

Saturday March 29, 8:00pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, McLaurin Bldg. Virtuoso Alexander Dunn in a solo recital of works of Schulz, Willcocks, Britten, and Bach. Details TBA. This concert is supported by the VGS.

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Guitar Division

Monday April 7 James Reid, Adjudicator. First Metropolitan Church Chapel. Registration for the GVPAF is by early January. Details to be announced.

2012-13 Season

Pepe Romero

Pepe Romero, the premiere classical guitarist in the world, needs no introduction. Performances around the globe, Spanish knighthood, accolades from the Vatican and US presidential administrations, Maestro Romero is a superstar in the classical music firmament. He taught and mentored UVic guitarist Alexander Dunn and will perform a special recital with his protégé and guests on Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30pm, at First Metropolitan Church (Balmoral & Quadra).

Maestro Pepe Romero performs with Alexander Dunn and guests Robert Ward and Randy Pile.

Saturday, Feb. 16, First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road (map).

TICKETS/ADMISSION: $30 adult, $25 senior & student. On sale at the McPherson Box Office (plus s/c) 250-386-6121 (or online) or at the door.

There are very few true living legends in the world of classical guitar and even fewer who have sustained greatness and grown throughout their lives. Pepe Romero is such an artist. He has been honored by kings, heads of state, and major institutions – the encomiums continue to pour in. But to Romero, his most important contribution has been reaching the everyday person. He has communicated the richness and beauty of the classical guitar to millions of people throughout the world. He has, indeed, become an ambassador of classical music, and, correspondingly, of the classical guitar.

Pepe Romero has performed (by himself and with his family) at the White House, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, for HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Queen Beatrice of Holland. He received the “Premio Andalucía de la Música,” the highest recognition given by his native land. In addition, His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, has knighted Pepe and his brothers into the Order of “Isabel la Católica.”  Maestro Romero continually performs at the most prestigious music festivals around the globe.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria and a lifetime achievement award from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is delighted to return to Victoria for a special concert and is joined by his esteemed colleague Alexander Dunn, who heads the guitar programs at the University of Victoria School of Music and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Romero will also be joined by Randy Pile (California) and Robert Ward (Boston).


Michael Kolk

Friday Sept. 28, 8:oopm, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Wood Hall. The VGS welcomes virtuoso  Michael Kolk, one of Canada’s finest young guitarists. Michael Kolk make his first visit to Victoria for a program of Bach, Ponce, Debussy, Barrios – and the Sonata by English impressionist Cyril Scott.

Winner of numerous first place prizes in North American guitar competitions and recognized at an early age for his exceptional musicality, Michael Kolk has performed at music festivals and concert halls in Italy, Estonia, Germany, USA, and Canada.

The spirited and sensitive play and inventive arrangements of the Henderson-Kolk Duo (with guitarist Drew Henderson) have resulted in concert engagements across Canada as well as two successful CDs to date. In 2011 the Duo performed at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Conference in Columbus, Georgia and served as adjudicators for the GFA competition.

Michael has collaborated with a variety of musicians, and made his orchestral debut with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011 performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. He has appeared on CTV and CBC TV as accompaniest to featured vocalists and is a member of the rock band Delusion Manifesto.

Originally from Vancouver, Michael now lives and teaches in Toronto. He holds a Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Toronto. The VGS looks forward to the opening concert of its season with this exceptional soloist.

Fri. Sept. 28, Wood Recital Hall, 8pm. Tickets at the door $22/20

and coming soon:

Sat. Sept. 15 – Latin Delights music for guitar and strings including Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintette for Guitar & Strings, Ponce Quartet (a little known work of Ponce left unfinished, and completed by Albert Ubach), Turina Quartet (one of the unknown lute quartet works of Turina, here arranged by Dunn for guitar and strings.) and music for string quartet. With the DieMahler Quartet. Sat. Sept. 15, 7pm. St. Mary the Virgin Church, 1701 Elgin Rd. Tickets: $25/22.50.

Fri. Oct. 19 Alexander Dunn with Vox Humana in the North American premiere of a work of Alan Hovhaness for guitar and choir, and a newly commissioned work by Liova Bueno.

Sun. Jan 13 Stephen Lochbaum (St. Barnabas Church, 3pm). Virtuoso Stphen Lochbaum, currently completing a doctorate in performance at University of Texas.

Apr. 8/9 Matthew McAllister (Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival adjudicator). From Glasgow, Matthew makes his first Victoria visit.

 TBA Summer Guitar Academy

2011-12 Season

Wed. Sept. 14 – Alexander Dunn– Victoria Conservatory of Music, Goolden Hall, 8:00pm $15/10. Works of Regondi, Bracali, Ponce and others. Tickets at the door

Nov. 20 – Ein Schubert Abend. Alexander Dunn & Friends in an all-Schubert program including the Originaltänze D365, Quartet for Flute, Guitar, Viola & Cello D96,

Duo in A Minor D173, and four songs with voice (LiebesbotschaftDas FischermächdenAufenthaltDie Taubenpost) arranged by J.K. Mertz.

With Mary Byrne, flute, Michael van der Sloot, viola, Larry Skaggs, cello, Andrew Blad, guitar, Anne Grimm, soprano. St. Barnabas Sunday Concert Series, 3:00pm. Tickets at the door. Corner of Belmont & Begbie St.

Sun. Jan. 8 – Janet Grohovac St. Barnabas Church, 3:00pm

Sat. Feb. 11 – GuitarWorks marks 20 years at the University of Victoria with 20th century guitar masterworks of Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Nicholas Maw, and Manuel Ponce. Carter: Luimen, Maw: Six Interiors, Crumb: Quest, Ponce: Variations & Fugue on Folia. With Anne Grimm, soprano, and a host of wonderful musicians from the UVic School of Music. Sat. Feb. 11, PT Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, $17.50 & $13.50




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