The Guitarraganza 2015 festival presented by the music departments of Modesto Junior College, San Joaquin Delta College, the University of the Pacific and Sacramento State University kicked off Thursday with a flamenco guitar concert featuring Albert Marqués.
The concert series continued Friday night with world-renowned Cuban guitarist Manuel Espinás performing at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Carver Road in Modesto. Espinás also will give a free lecture and demonstration on the interpretation and performance of Cuban guitar music Saturday at 11 a.m. in the MJC Recital Hall, Room 108, on the east campus, 435 College Ave.
Also Saturday, pianist Karolina Syrovatkova and MJC professor of guitar David D. Chapman, performing as the internationally received duo Mus à Dous, will perform at 2 p.m. at Trinity United.
Later Saturday, Guitarraganza will present “An Evening with Texas Guitar Quartet.” The 7:30 p.m. concert at Trinity United will feature members of the acclaimed quartet as soloists, performing numbers from their repertoire.
The quartet is composed of Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph Williams II. As soloists, they have garnered acclaim on concert stages around the world and prizes in dozens of international guitar competitions, according to MJC.
The Texas Guitar Quartet also will give the “grand finale performance” of the festival on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. Their critically acclaimed 2012 debut recording, “RED,” was featured on the internationally syndicated radio show “Classical Guitar Alive.”
Guitarraganza also includes technique workshops, master classes and a performance competition for MJC music students and members of the community. Additional guitar festival information is available at www.guitarraganza.com.
For concert tickets, contact the MJC box office, (209) 575-6776.
MANUEL ESPINÁS GUITAR CONCERT: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1700 Carver Road. $10 general, $5 students/seniors
MUS À DOUS: KAROLINA SYROVATKOVA AND DAVID CHAPMAN: Saturday, 2 p.m., Trinity United. $10 general, $5 students/seniors
‘AN EVENING WITH TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET’: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Trinity United. $12 general, $10 students/seniors
TEXAS GUITAR QUARTET CONCERT: Sunday, 4 p.m., Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. $20-$35 ($20 tickets available at the MJC box office. $35 tickets available at the Gallo Center box office and online, www.galloarts.org.)