Dear VGS members, guitar enthusiasts and music lovers,
We would like to thank all those who supported our October concert Victoria Showcase - Classical Guitar and More! And thanks to our artists who did a lovely job presenting both early and modern works of guitar (and lute!) from around the world.
Our upcoming offering focuses on a specific composer of the romantic musical era. On the afternoon of November 21st, we present Forgotten Romantic - the Music of Rudolf Leberl a newly re-discovered Bohemian composer of romantic music presented in exciting combinations of guitar and other strings.
Presented in a comfortable live venue (contact-less and physical distancing) as well as via an online streaming option, what better way to spend a cool autumn afternoon than exploring new romantic music?
The Victoria Guitar Society is excited to present a Canadian premier of solo guitar and ensemble music of bohemian Rudolf Leberl. Classical guitarist Alexander Dunn, joined by Phillip Manning (violin), Guyonne Le Louarn (viola), Anna Cal (piano) and Simon Farintosh (guitar) offer a program of early 20th century Romanticism – surprise opening guests will introduce you to this delightful composer.
Rudolf Leberl (1884-1952) whose music belongs to the aesthetic family of Dvořák and Janáček, worked in the Czech Republic and Bavaria, producing over 1500 works for guitar which are only now receiving their due recognition. His entire output includes thirty large solo cycles for guitar as well as works for orchestra, strings, winds, piano and chamber music. Leberl suffered from the socio-political devastation following two World Wars. His works, which he had to abandon to escape oppression, were salvaged by his former students. Rudolf Leberl died in 1952 both destitute and blind. With a recent surge in interest in Leberl’s fine works, guitarists can now be nourished by his enchanting and delectable music.
Viewing options for this afternoon of fine music include the live venue with reduced capacity, physical distancing and expectation of mask wearing when not seated or online streaming from the comfort of your home.
MUSIC PROJECT call for musicians:
Our intrepid Ensemble Director and Outreach Coordinator, Natasha Pashchenko, is putting together a holiday music video compilation. The end product will be directed to the local community in need of holiday music (so everyone).
If you are interested in submitting a video or getting recorded, please fill out the sign-up form HERE. You can record at home or at our fully equipped stage venue on December 12th.
The deadline for expressing interest is December 1st, so sign up now and start practising.
If you want to learn more about classical guitar, check out our ever expanding list of guitar teachers in the Greater Victoria area. You can also contact us if you have any guitar events to promote as well.
If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a member. This helps us to externally demonstrate our community support and is only $10.
Membership benefits include:
Classical guitar teacher/performer listing
Classical guitar local event posts
Participation in Open Mics
A spot in VGS Community Ensemble
Advance notification and discounts on VGS concert tickets