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April 2016

Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival - Festival
Date: April 22, 2016, 11:00 AM
Location: Music Building, Montgomery College, Rockville
Length: 48:00

It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, held on Friday April 22nd, and Saturday April 23rd in the Music Department Building at Montgomery College Rockville. The two day event promises to be filled with workshops, rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts.

Naxos Recording Artist Adam Levin will start of the Festival with a warm-up session on Friday morning, focusing on various ways of start off the day with smart and efficient techniques to get your fingers ready for a day of practice. He will then be joined by the talented young American guitarist Matthew Rohde for four 30 minute masterclasses. The late afternoon will feature an open rehearsal of the Festival Guitar Orchestra. The evening concert will feature various artists from the DC/Baltimore area. The 7:30pm concert begins with the Montgomery College Guitar Ensemble performing a newer work entitled "Mill Town Suite", by John Zevos. Several guitar performance majors from Towson University will perform solo's and duos, Montgomery College's Jake Sheffer will be joined by Randy Pendleton for a set of Jazz duos for guitar and double bass, and the concert will finish with Augustine Artist Scott Borg performing works by Verdery, Domeniconi and Koshkin.

Another Festival Orchestra rehearsal starts of events on Saturday, followed by Strings by Mail sponsored artist Matt Palmer presenting a workshop on his critically acclaimed technique book, the Virtuoso Guitarist. The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra performs a prelude for a 45 minute concert by the emerging American Guitarist Adam Kossler. Matt and Adam will then join for four 30 minute masterclasses. At 4pm, Matt Palmer will perform a concert with the Boston Guitar Orchestra as an opening act. The Festival will conclude with our evening concert starting at 7:30. It will open with the Festival Orchestra, and close with the Kithara Project performing an eclectic set of music for guitar trio.

As you can see, we have a great lineup setup for you, and for more information about the performers and video links to their performances, and the schedule, please visit our website at:

If you are interested in taking part in the Festival Orchestra please send me an email at and provide just a little background on your guitar experience so I can send you the most appropriate part. We will be performing Pictures on a Train, by Matthew Denman, and Mill Town Suite by John Zevos.

There are various ticket options available. A full pass to the event that includes everything that the festival has to offer is $50. A Friday only ticket is $20, a Saturday Only ticket is $30, and tickets for individual concerts can be purchased for $10. Although tickets are available at the door, it is highly recommended that tickets are purchased in advance. A link to tickets can be found on our website.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in this event, it would be marvelous if you could forward them this message. Please feel free to help out the festival by promoting it on social media - facebook, twitter etc. We have a facebook page so please take a look and like the page to be updated on events for the festival:

Thank you very much in helping making this festival a success. Next years festival is already in the works and hopes to be even bigger and better!

Kind regards,
Scott Borg
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May 2016

BCGS Orchestra Concert - Concert
Date: May 05, 2016, 07:00 PM
Location: Lady of the Angels Chapel
Length: 1 hour

FREE BCGS Orchestra Concert

Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Our Lady of the Angels Chapel
Charlestown Senior Living Community
715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228

You do not need a ticket for this FREE concert, you can just show up!
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Open Stage (BYOG) - Open Stage
Date: May 07, 2016, 07:00 PM
Location: Hope Presbyterian Church
Length: 3 hours

The BCGS hosts open evenings at the Hope Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on selected Saturday evenings from 7 - 10 PM.

Last Open Stage: May 7, 2016

Open Stage evenings are set in a very informal atmosphere with a very appreciative audience. All levels of classical guitar playing are welcome – players, listeners, ensembles, guitar with other instruments, whatever! You are welcome to bring your guitar to play, or you can just listen to others. While guests are welcome, the performer(s) need to be current BCGS member(s).

The Open Stage evenings give players and listeners a chance to meet other members and the BCGS Board members. The Board is more than happy to answer any questions on the BCGS activities, such as upcoming concerts, outreach programs, and how to volunteer for the BCGS.

This is a perfect opportunity for beginners to play elementary pieces in front of a hand-clapping audience, as well as for more experienced players to just have fun sharing their music. YOU ARE NEVER READY TO PLAY, SO JUST COME AND DO IT! There is a 10 minute limit per player. After the playing is over, there will be plenty of time to mingle and enjoy refreshments. Players have the opportunity to earn Performance Certificates – a great way to expand your guitar portfolio.

Admission: Free
Door Prizes (for performers): Tickets to Concerts, Guitar CDs, Strings
Refreshments: Courtesy of BCGS

Hope we'll see you there!

Vivia Chang and Jim Cole
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