Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Celil Refik Kaya began the classical guitar at age six. Celil later studied in the studio of Michael Newman as well as private studies with Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin and has performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States.
This year, the annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival will take place in Minnesota for the first time. Hosted by the Guitar Program of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Guitar Society, the Festival runs from March 29 through 31. The featured guest ensemble, Tantalus Quartet, will present a concert at Sundin Music Hall (on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul) on March 30 at 7:30 pm. A Festival-ending concert will be presented at Ted Mann Concert Hall, on the U of MN campus on March 31 at 1:00 pm with featured ensembles, as well as with the festival ensemble of 80 to 100 guitarists. We will premiere a newly written piece by Illinois-based Costa Rican guitarist and composer Guido Sanchez-Portuguez, who will conduct the Ensemble.
For non-registrants, the Tantalus Quartet concert at Sundin Music Hall is $25 general admission, $20 for MGS members and seniors, and $10 for students. Click here to order tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the box office 30 minutes before the concert begins. Attendance at the U of MN concerts is free to the general public.
Click here to view the Festival brochure, which includes details about each day’s events and a registration form.
For more information about the Festival and the concerts, contact Maja Radovanlija, Minnesota Guitar Society member and guitar instructor at the U of MN, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email MGS Artistic Director Joe Hagedorn at email@example.com.