Become a Member & Order Tickets

As a member of the Minnesota Guitar Society, you receive ticket discounts on all MGS-sponsored events, a year's subscription to the Guitarist and the opportunity to place free classifieds in each issue.

You'll find the ticket and membership information and order form in the July-August 2014 issue of the Guitarist.

Call 612-677-1151 to order Sundin Hall series tickets by phone. Or order online.

Community Concerts

Local musicians offering great music, free to the public - See the Local Series page for details. Concerts are on Saturdays at 2 p.m., are free and open to the public at Hosmer Library located at 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis, 55408.

November 1
Kyle Fosburgh and Christoph Bruhn, American Primitive Fingerstyle

January 17
Reuben Ristrom and Joan Griffith, jazz and samba

March 7
Maja Radovanlija, classical

May 2
Daniel Volovets, classical and flamenco

OpenStage

OpenStage is a structured but informal way for guitarists of any level to experience the joy of playing for each other. Go to the OpenStage page for more information.

All meeting are on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.
September 14, 2014
October 12, 2014
November 9, 2014
December 14, 2014
January 11, 2015
February 8, 2015
March 8, 2015
April 12, 2015
May 10, 2015

OpenStage meets at The Underground Music Cafe in Falcon Heights. It's the same place but a new venue.


Consider joining the Classical Guitar Meetup to get together informally and play with other classical guitarists. All levels welcome.

Read the Latest Guitarist Newsletter

September/October 2014

Past issues of Guitarist newsletter are available on the Newsletter page.

Check Out the Guitar Community Calendar

The community calendar has information on guitar events in our region. You can see or post events on the calendar

2014-2015 Minnesota Guitar Society Sundin Series Begins with Brazilian Jazz Guitarist Diego Figueiredo

Friday, September 26th, 8pm, Sundin Hall

Diego FigueiredoWinner of the Montreux Jazz Competition and Brazil's Visa Prize of Instrumental Brazilian Popular Music, Diego Figueiredo is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. "One of the greatest guitarists I've seen in my whole life," (George Benson). His music is a fusion between jazz, bossa nova and classical. His appearance at Sundin Music Hall on September 26th gives our audience a rare opportunity to hear him perform an acoustic, solo act, with, perhaps, a tiny bit of electronic magic.

Mr. Figueiredo was born in Franca, Brazil in 1980 and has already played in more than 50 countries around the world. He received a mandolin when he was six and learned to play many other instruments before choosing electric guitar at age 12. He began playing electric guitar in theatres and nightclubs by the time he was fifteen, performing with many famous Brazilian musicians. He studied classical, jazz, and popular Brazilian guitar at several conservatories including Franca, Berklee College of Music, Ribeirão Preto and Tatuí.

More recently Figueiredo has accompanied the famous Brazilian singer and songwriter, Belchior, on tours around Brazil and abroad, as well as the French singer Cyrille Aimeé. In addition to being a guitar player, Mr. Figueiredo is a producer, arranger, orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist, and has recently produced more than nineteen recordings, including a double album with Belchior. His touring schedule is intense and international in scope. We are thrilled that he is making a stop in Minnesota, his first solo visit to our state. His many videos can be seen on Youtube, as well as at http://www.diegofigueiredo.net/ .

Armenian Classical Guitarist Gohar Vardanyan

Saturday, October 25th, 8pm, Sundin Hall

Gohar VardanyanWe are looking forward to hearing Gohar Vardanyan play a program featuring some of her favorite pieces in classical guitar repertoire on the Sundin Music Hall stage on October 25th. Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the "Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra" in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada. Guitar International Magazine has described her as "the complete package," "with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist." Her playing has been described as "passionate," "evocative," and "virtuosic."

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops on during her concert stops. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of two books from Mel Bay Publications with the third one on the way. She's a frequent writer on Mel Bay's Blog and instructor on Strings by Mail's YouTube Lessonettes, a series of mini video lessons.

Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest "Amadeus" and was accepted into the prestigious group, "New Names," for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail. For more information, visit www.goharvardanyan.com.

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2014-2015 Sundin Hall Concert Series At a Glance

Diego Figueiredo, Fri 9/26/2014

Gohar Vardanyan, Sat 10/25/2014

Flamenco Guitarathon, Fri 11/14/2014

Anton Baranov, Sat 12/6/2014.

Quaternaglia, Sat 1/24/2015

Miroslav Tadic, Sat 2/21/2015

Jérémy Jouve, Sat 3/28/2015

Antigoni Goni, Fri 4/17/2015

Classical Guitarathon, Sat 5/30/2015

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