The first annual Kaslo GuitarFest will take place at the Langham Cultural Centre from August 5 to 10.
This is an opportunity for classical guitar students at all levels to work with Canada’s premier guitarist Daniel Bolshoy in master classes and private lessons. Nelson guitarist Rita Deane will offer workshops on fingerboard geography, tremolo, rasqueado and sight reading. Kaslo’s David Stewart will lead a guitar orchestra and small ensembles. Classes will be held daily from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm and there will also be opportunities for drop-in participants.
Bolshoy is head of the guitar department at the University of British Columbia and is also building a guitar program at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra school of music. We are delighted to welcome him back to Kaslo where he has performed several times in recital.
The goal of GuitarFest is to attract interest in classical guitar performance and enhance opportunities for participants. Students will gain confidence, learn new techniques, and increase their musical proficiency by way of concentrated instruction and practice during the week.
There will also be two public concerts during the festival. Bolshoy will play on Wednesday, August 7 and there will be a a wrap-up concert by GuitarFest participants on August 10.