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Classical Guitar Weekend at CIM

When: June 1-3 2012

June 1 marks the start of the 12th annual Classical Guitar Weekend at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The three-day showcase brings together the world’s best classical guitarists, lecturers, composers, and teachers for a unique series of master classes, workshops, and public recitals. June 1 attractions include a 1 p.m. master class by French guitar star Gaelle Solal; observers are welcome at no charge. Then at 8 p.m., you can take in a $22 recital by Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl, playing works by Bach, Paganini, and others. Also on the weekend’s performers’ list: Italy’s SoloDuo and CIM’s own Jason Vieaux. Lecture topics include approaches to appreciating new music, the 19th-century Viennese guitar-making tradition, and how to turn out a successful recording. There’s also a free exhibition of fine contemporary classical guitars on view from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. For artistic director Armin Kelley of Cleveland-based Guitars International, it all adds up to more than just a bunch of beautiful music. “It’s in those blissful moments of musical magic —when time stops, egos dissolve, and we become a community of one — that we are often reminded most of our shared humanity.” Recital tickets can be purchased by phone or online where you’ll also find a full schedule of events, along with performer bios and other noteworthy details.

Price: varies

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