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Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival

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, or email MGS Artistic Director Joe Hagedorn at

Earlier Event: March 17
Sabrina Vlaškalić