The best-kept fine arts secret in Parker County returns next week to the Alkek Fine Arts Center at Weatherford College.
Organized by WC’s classical guitar instructor Will Douglas, the third annual Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition promises four days of classes and concerts by some of the best classical guitarists in the world.
“It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to reach that level,” Douglas said. “So, in any community there are only so many people who put in that kind of work and dedicate their lives to that kind of pursuit. At a certain point you have to start looking outside the community and outside the state.”
This year’s artist lineup includes the Canadian Azuline Duo comprised of Emma Rush and Sara Traficante, Rene Izquierdo of Cuba, Celil Refik Kaya of Turkey, Matthew McAllister of Scotland, Tim Phelan of Canada, Hector Torres of Puerto Rico and many additional Texas artists.
“The caliber of artists at this festival doesn’t really get much higher than this,” Douglas said. “Starting with Celil, who is one of our afternoon concerts, he just did an album with Naxos – one of the largest classical recording labels in the world.
“Rene Izquierdo – he’s originally from Cuba – is considered a super virtuoso. The kind of concerts he plays, it’s the most difficult repertoire that we have. It really doesn’t get any higher than this. We are really fortunate.”
Concerts range in price from free to $20. Check lonestartguitarfest.com for pricing details and concert times.
While the preliminary and semi-final rounds of the competition are closed the public, the finals round is open to the public for a $10 admission fee. The final round of competition takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11.
Douglas said the festival is steadily increasing in number each year with about a dozen more participants registered now than last summer.
“You get retired community members and then you have people who have finished their doctorate,” he said. “It runs the gamut. The participants can be anybody, but the competitors, once you get to the top four, they are professional competitors. That’s what they do – travel and compete.”
There is still room for off-campus participants to register for the festival. Find more information online at lonestarguitarfest.com/registration.