Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra - Gala 50th Anniversary Concert
This confluence of guitar duos from the Asia/Pacific region was born in 2016 when Slava & Leonard Grigoryan were invited to perform a series of concerts with Meng Su and Yameng Wang China’s Shandong province. The four guitarists felt an immediate musical connection. As established duos at the top of their field on the international stage with hectic touring schedules, it was not until August this year that they could reunite for an Australian tour.
The Grigoryan Brothers are well known to Australian audiences having received 4 ARIA Awards with a long history of performances at festivals, concert halls in all capital cities and regular performances throughout regional Australia.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the same city, met when they were studying guitar and subsequently formed the Beijing Guitar Duo. They have been based in the USA for a number of years. Both became students of Manuel Barrueco, who is regarded as one of the finest guitarists of the modern era. Mr Barrueco was so impressed by their abilities that they formed a trio that has toured extensively and recorded an album in 2014.
Together they showcase their truly unique guitar talents that have garnered global praise and acclaim, performing a program rich in culture, Australian, Chinese and European classical repertoire in the stunning surrounds and acoustic of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
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Ensemble Extravaganza 2018
The Classical Guitar Society of Victoria (CGSV) is proud to present the annual Ensemble Extravaganza, showcasing the talent of students from participating schools in Victoria
Classical Guitar Society of Victoria
Sunday 29 July 5 pm
Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies College,
Barkers Road, Kew
As in previous years, this event will be held at outstanding Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies College in Hawthorn on Sunday July 29 at 5.00pm.
The number of schools taking part has each year increased, as has the standard of performance.
You and your ensemble are warmly invited to participate.
This is a popular event and we encourage you to book your spot as soon as possible as places are limited!
For further information and to book your place today, please click here.
This Ensemble Extravaganza is a fun filled outing for players and school ensembles, and a great opportunity to strut your stuff.
Here’s a link to last year’s performances.
For further inspiration, check out these performances from the long standing Sydney Classical Guitar Society’s Ensemble Summer school performances.
Spanish Fire - with Australian guitarist Matt Withers and the Geelong Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 23 June 2018 7:30pm
at Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront
Juan Cristomo Arriaga: Symphony in D Major
Manuel de Falla: Suite from the Three Cornered Hat
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Enrique Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas
Emmanuel Chabrier: España
Conductor: Warwick Stengards
Guitar: Matt Withers
Please note: There will be a pre-show talk at 6.45pm.
Chrystian Dozza - Music from Brazil - Melbourne Guitar Foundation
When: Sat 23 June
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium, The Centre for Theology and Ministry,
29 College Cres Parkville 3052.
Time: Doors open 6:40pm, concert starts 7pm
Parking: There is a small onsite carpark, and ample street parking in the surrounding area
Chrystian Dozza is one of Brazil’s most famed compositional talents on the guitar. Hailed by Sergio Assad and Paulo Bellinati for his innovative and original compositions, Dozza is one of Brazil’s leading lights in contemporary guitar.
Chrystian Dozza will present an entire program dedicated to Brazilian guitar music of the last two centuries.
The concert will be divided in two parts. The first, an exciting mix of favourites by Villa Lobos; Garoto; Dilermando Reis; and Paulo Porto Alegre, who wrote and dedicated a new piece of music to Chrystian.
The second, featuring Chrystian’s guitar works (including new pieces!), which are influenced by his travels around the world. Recalling the sounds of the English Renaissance in ‘John Dowland, his Pavan’ to Brazilian dances in ‘Baião de Dois’ to progressive rock in ‘Broken Dance’, this will be a concert of colour and variety.
The program will give the audience an overview of the variety of Brazilian rhythms such as Choro, Bossa Nova, Samba and the Brazilian Waltz.
As usual, all MGF events feature free catering during intermission including complimentary beer and wine.
Tickets for this event are “Pay What You Like,” with limited spots available.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Brazil’s finest! Book your tickets at: https://melbourneguitarfoundation.com/concert
Chrystian Dozza - Music from Brazil
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Fresh from a five week USA tour with kd lang, the Grigoryan Brothers are performing in the acoustic and architectural splendor of St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne’s CBD.
Its been quite a year for Slava and Leonard. Their touring schedule in the past eight months has included a national Australian tour with kd lang, followed immediately by another national tour with the Spanish guitar legend Paco Pena.
In late 2017, they were nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album and recently have been nominated for an AIR Award for Best Independent Classical Album - both for their release ‘Songs Without Words’.
Although regarded as Australia’s finest guitar duo performing much of the instrument’s standard classical repertoire, the Grigoryan Brothers’ passion is to expand their horizons through new arrangements, their own compositions and commissions.
This ambition can be heard as the brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world.
For this performance The Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works Songs Without Words, which sees a return to classical repertoire.
The album will include songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward. This familial collaboration is not new, with Grigoryan senior arranging the music of Tchaikovsky’s suite for piano ‘The Seasons’, for his sons’ critically acclaimed 2012 release.
The program will also include other works highlighting the Slava and Leonard’s diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences.
Its a FANDANGO...
Tom Chalko guitar with Mt Best string quartet
Mt Best Hall
5 Mt Best Tin Mine Rd, Mt Best
Sunday, 18 March 2018 3:00 pm
Bookings: Tessy Amesriter on 0428 595 699 or
The number of seats is limited, please book early. Cost: $10 non-members, $5 members
This year Tom will present a brief history of dance music and illustrate it with a diverse selection of dances.
1-hour program will culminate with the most famous Fandango in the history of music, written for 18-th century Spanish aristocrat and guitar virtuoso Marquis de Benavent by Luigi Boccherini. Boccherini's Fandango captures the essence of Spanish folklore with contrasting lyrical and passionate moments, pulsating castanet rhythms and rasgueados.
Talk to performers and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.
Tom performs annually free of charge for the benefit of Mt Best Hall Community Association and the Hall maintenance.
CONCERT: THE PHILLIP HOUGHTON MUSICAL CELEBRATION CONCERT 2017
The Classical Guitar world was shocked and saddened by the recent passing of renowned Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton.
His music inspired many guitarists and music lovers around the world. Eminent guitarist, John Williams, has premiered and recorded his work. The Australian Guitar groups Guitar Trek, The Melbourne Guitar Quartet, and Saffire have all played his works.
This event has been organised by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria (www.cgsv.org) to celebrate Phil’s wonderful music. The President, Dr. Paul Nash, will be your Master of Ceremonies for the occasion.
Performers will include the Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ), Dan McKay, Daniel Nistico, the recently formed Ladies Quartet (Nadia Sartori, Zeah Riordan, Tania Ravbar, and Alexandra Velasco), Kara Karavitis, John Mills, Gerard Mapstone, and Jemma Lee Donovan.
In addition, special video tributes will be presented by Karin Schaupp (Brisbane), The Agostino Duo (Sydney), and the Z.o.o Guitar Duo (The Netherlands).
It will also be our pleasure to have Professor Tim Kain AO (former Head of Guitar, ANU) in attendance to give his reflections of his collaborations with Phillip. We hope you can join us to celebrate this brilliant and creative composer’s contribution to world of Australian music.
Location: Montsalvat , 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham VIC 3095
Upper Gallery, Sunday 17 December, 2:30pm
$32 Friend of Montsalvat
Ticket price includes Devonshire Tea during interval
Bookings are essential as places are limited. To book, call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712
Peru Comes to You: Two Internationally Acclaimed Guitarists to Perform Latin American Music
Why travel to Latin America when you can experience its vibrant culture right here in Melbourne?
Your guides for the evening: two internationally acclaimed guitarists who have won major awards, recorded multiple albums and performed around the world.
Experience the sounds of a true-blue Peruvian guitarist playing music from his home country, coupled with the fiery playing of a local virtuoso.
This is a one-time only event that brings the musical soul of Peru and Latin America to you.
Latin American Journey: Guitar Concert featuring Giovanni Riveros Lopez and Daniel Nistico
Sunday 10 December 2017 at 6:00pm
St. Bartholomew's Church
300 Burnley St. Richmond, Melbourne, VIC 3121
Bookings at www.trybooking.com/szqe
More more information, please visit Daniel's website here:
The Andres Segovia Memorial Concert 2017
Sunday 29th October 2017, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
St. Stephens Anglican Church
360 Church Street, Richmond 3121
2017 marks the 30th year of the passing of Andres Segovia in 1987. This event is a celebration by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria of the contribution to the Classical Guitar by the great maestro Andres Segovia. Performers will include, John Griffiths, Gerard Mapstone, Meredith Connie (having just returned to Australia from the US), The Johnston Duo., Shaun Purkiss, Michael MacManus, The Duo consisting of Nadia Sartori and Tania Ravbar, Alice Pfeiffer, and Paul Nash (the President!)
On display at the event will be various items of Segovia Memorabilia including Books, Music, Vinyl records etc. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Segovia memorabilia!
Light supper will be provided
Tickets: Adult: $25, Concession: $20, Family: $60
Oct 28, 7pm @ St Mary's Church, 428 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
Presented by the Melbourne Guitar Foundation
After an extensive concert tour of the southwest, accomplished classical guitar students from the University of Western Australia will be in Melbourne to perform an exciting concert of solo and chamber repertoire for the guitar.
Complimentary beer, wine and cheese platters served during intermission.
Purchase “pay what I like” tickets at
About the Program
Among Australia’s most active guitar programs, the concert will feature UWA students ranging from second year undergraduate to Masters candidates and alumni. The highly varied program has something for everyone, from the Baroque masterpieces of Bach to 21st century works by living composers.
The centrepiece will be an ensemble performance of Nigel Westlake’s "Six Fish”, a striking work inspired by Gould’s Book of Fish. Westlake employs a dobro and 12-string guitar in addition to standard classical guitars, using their unusual timbres to create six unique depictions of Australian sea creatures - from the aggression of a sling-jawed wrasse, which traps prey in a mouth that can extend half its body length, to the lazy sunfish catching rays as he leisurely floats along the surface.
This is a technically and musically exciting piece, rarely heard performed with the original instrumentation - a concert experience not to be missed!
FREE EVENT: Registration is essential.
Come and witness one of Australia's foremost classical guitarists and ABC recording artist Matt Withers as he plays selections from his recent CD "Songs of Yesterday".
Matt will be performing on several guitars from GuitarsOnline and will be joined by two guest performers who will be performing on student models.
Sept 24, 9:30am. Melba Hall, Melbourne University.
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CONCORDIA Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble - A Spring Concert
A Spring Concert
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
360 Church Street, Richmond
Sunday 17th September 2017 at 2.30 p.m.
A wide variety of music from the Baroque era to the 21st. Century, featuring
European and Australian composers, will be presented, and will include works by
Vivaldi, Elgar, Faure, Wolki, Nelson and Piazzolla.
Our featured Soloists
Robert Millar: Oboe
Juliette Maxwell: Piano Accordion
Michelle Nelson: Guitar
Musical Director: Basil Hawkins
Orchestra Leader: Marion Blaze
Admission: Adults $25, Concession: $20
Students (12 -16 years) $10, Children (U12) $0
Bookings can be made through trybookings - The links are
Tickets will also be available at the door – Come early
For further Enquiries, ring 9876 1467 or 0427 149 326
Ziggy and Miles Johnston
Pre-concert talk: 1:00-1:20pm