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Classical Guitar Festival returns to WC

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The fourth annual Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition comes to Weatherford College this weekend, June 8-10.

In addition to the competition, master classes and a vendor expo hosted in the Alkek Fine Arts Center, the public is invited to attend a variety of concerts.

The weekend starts with a performance by Jeff McFadden of Canada at 7:30 p.m. Friday at North Side Baptist Church. McFadden’s 25-year-career has included tours across North America and Europe. In 1992, he was awarded a Silver Medal in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition which led to his debut recording, the first in the Laureate Series on Naxos, which has sold in the tens of thousands of copies. He has recorded eight highly-acclaimed albums since then.

Saturday’s concert lineup includes Steve Cowan of Canada at 2 p.m. Cowan has performed and taught throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. During the 2018-19 season, he will have his orchestral debut as a soloist with the Ensemble del Arte in Germany and will release a new album featuring lesser-known 20th century repertoire as well as the premiere recording of Arctic Sonata by Gulli Björnsson. 

The concert series continues Saturday evening with Candice Mowbray of the USA in a duo concert with An Tran of Vietnam at 7:30 p.m. Both Saturday concerts will take place in the Alkek Fine Arts Center.

Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series and is highly active as a chamber musician. Her recent solo CD, Reverie, has been met with positive acclaim and features an evocative program of 20th century and contemporary French compositions including rarely recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

Tran is an award-winning guitarist who has performed throughout North America and Vietnam, both as a soloist as well as an active chamber musician alongside various instrumentalists. Deeply connected to his native country of Vietnam, it is Tran’s ambition to expose the world to the rich sounds that Vietnamese music has to offer.

Tickets for each concert are $20 each.

The festival wraps up on Sunday with the Lone Star Guitar Competition Finals at 2 p.m. in the Alkek Fine Arts Center. Tickets for the finals are $10 each.

The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and the chance to perform at the 2019 International Guitar Festival in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

“We are so excited to announce this new international concert prize in collaboration with Hugo Acosta, director of the festival in Lagos and professor of guitar at the University of Guadalajara,” said event organizer and WC guitar instructor Will Douglas.

Participants registered for master classes will receive instruction from Emma Rush, Canada; Kevin Manderville, Panama; Tom Johnson, University of North Texas; Michael Daile, Texas Wesleyan University; Steve Gottlieb, Mountain View College; and Eddie Healy, Eastfield College.

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