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Announcing the 22nd Annual Long Island Guitar Festival at LIU Post


Communications & Marketing, LIU,

The Music Department of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post is pleased to announce the 22nd annual Long Island Guitar Festival—Eclectic and International, directed by Harris Becker, to be held April 2 to 6, 2014, at Tilles Center’s Hillwood Recital Hall. The festival is recognized internationally as a premier event hosting exceptionally talented musicians from the classical guitar world.

The festival will feature concerts, including the Vida Guitar Quartet from England; guitarist, lutenist, and composer Frederic Hand; South African guitarist Derek Gripper (featuring music by the great kora player Toumani Diabate); French guitar innovator Thibault Cauvin; and Polish-born American guitarist Paul Cesarczyk. High school guitar ensemble concerts feature students from Bishop McGuinness High School in N.C., Susan E. Wagner Guitar Ensemble, and Brentwood High School. The annual Emerging Artist Series will feature Yale University doctoral student Koh Kazama.

The festival will also host workshops and master classes. Festival workshops include: Writing and Arranging for Schools; A Community Guitar Ensemble with Alan Hirsh; and the Shearer Method - A New Multi-Media Method Approach to Learning the Guitar with Thomas Kikta and Alan Hirsh. Also scheduled is a master class with cellist Maureen Hynes on the cello suites of J.S. Bach, as well as a workshop in electric guitar techniques with James Erickson.

Also featured at the event is a Tri-State High School Classical Guitar Competition. This competition is open to residents of N.Y., N.J., and Conn., who are attending and matriculated in a public or private high school in the above states through the date of the competition finals. Applicants may not be represented by professional management. The competition will be limited to the first 30 applicants who submit all required materials to the Long Island Guitar Festival by March 10, 2014.

For more information and competition rules and guidelines, visit

Festival sponsors include the D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Augustine Foundation, Savarez, Murphy’s Music, LIU’s John P. McGrath Fund, and dedicated individuals. The festival represents LIU’s ongoing commitment to reach out to the arts community and continue an established tradition of excellence in guitar performance and pedagogy.

This year’s festival musicians have received great critical acclaim:

Vida Guitar Quartet | Described by Gramophone as “exquisite tonal and dynamic control, super-tight ensemble and unerring musical instinct. There’s only one word for it: magic.”

Fred Hand | Pronounced by The New York Times as "Scintillating and brilliant."

Derek Gripper | Tim Panting of Classical Guitar magazine says, “More than a labor of love has brought a new purity to the dream-like improvisatory nature of these compositions. My recording of the year so far!”

Thibault Cauvin | The Los Angeles Times raves, “He brims with youthful bravura but also understands the importance of restraint and control of color, Thibault Cauvin is decidedly on his way. He affirmed himself with a surprising maturity as a technically adroit and highly musical player who’s also blessed with open ears.”

Paul Cesarczyk | Guitar Review Magazine says, “artist of uncommon command and maturity, with a broad and singing tone”

Artesian Guitar Quartet | “Gave the evening a note of nobility,” lauds Quebec Rural University.

Pat Bianculli | Heralded by The New York Times as “...a sensitive musician, juxtaposed workmanlike playing with passages of real inspiration.”

Harris Becker | Raymond Tuttle of raves, “Becker’s performance of this demanding work a depiction of one of Australia’s national parks … is lyrical and imaginative.”

“Becker and Bianculli have techniques that are beyond reproach. They eschew bright colors and a brash performance style, and they seem most comfortable with being mellow and quietly insinuating” says Fanfare magazine.

The Long Island Guitar Festival offers several ticket options:
• All-Event Pass: $150 (includes all events)
• Individual concert tickets: $25 ($20 for students and seniors)
• High School Ensemble Concert tickets: $15 ($10 for students and seniors)
• Emerging Artist Electric Guitar Techniques workshop: $15
• Tickets to audit master classes: $10

Tickets to select concerts may be purchased in person at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts box office at 516-299-3100, or online at Box office hours are Monday through Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. There are per-ticket fees when ordering online or through TillesCharge.

Posted 02/19/2014

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