2010 Northwest Guitar Festival

I am delighted to extend an invitation to the 20th Northwest Guitar Festival, April 9-11, 2010, hosted by the Victoria Conservatory of Music in beautiful Victoria, BC. The festival boasts the ‘best of the west’ with an emphasis on the wonderful resources and talents of performing artists from western Canada including Janet Grohovac, Stephen Lochbaum, Victoria Guitar Trio, Duo Verdejo, Oberon Guitar Trio, Continuum Consort, and festival director Alexander Dunn.

The final concert is the incomparable Pepe Romero. Aside from a whirlwind touring schedule, Maestro Romero is an honorary doctorate recipient from the University of Victoria and is the force behind Victoria’s energetic guitar scene. His concert will be greatly anticipated.

Presentations and masterclasses will be offered by Stephen Boswell, lutenist Ray Nurse, composer John Oliver, Randy Pile and festival artists. Composer/performer Michael Nicolella will lead the Canadian premiere of his Vals Eterna with festival faculty and participants.

Players from western Canada and the US Northwest will vie for NWGF Competition prizes: 4th – $250CAD,
3rd – $450CAD, 2nd – $600CAD, 1st – $1000CAD

Please visit the Victoria Conservatory of Music website (http://www.vcm.bc.ca/) and click under “VCM Special Events” for general information on registration, festival programming, competition details, travel, and accommodation. Online and mail-in registration and payment is available.

I encourage you to forward this invitation to your friends, students, and guitar enthusiasts. I look forward to seeing you in Victoria to help celebrate an extraordinary guitar event.

Alexander Dunn
2010 Northwest Guitar Festival Director

Evening Concerts:

Alexander Dunn & Friends
Friday, April 9, 8:00pm, Alix Goolden Hall

Victoria Virtuosi – Janet Grohovac & Stephen Lochbaum
Saturday, April 10, 8:00pm , Alix Goolden Hall

Sunday – 11 April at 8pm at the Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria
Conservatory of Music. Tickets cost $38.50 for adults and $5 off for
students and are available through the McPherson Box Office
(www.rmts.bc.ca or 250.386.6121) or at the door.

Tickets for evening concerts at the Northwest Festival will be available through the McPherson box office (www.rmts.bc.ca or 250.386.6121) or at the door.

Festival Concerts

Continuum Consort (Elizabeth MacIsaac, soprano; Emily Nagelbach, flute; Molly Janz, viola; Douglas Hensley, guitar) &
Victoria Guitar Trio (Michael Dias, Bradford Werner, Adrian Verdejo)
Friday April 9, 2:00pm, Wood Hall

Competition Semi-Finals
Saturday April 10, 9:30am, Wood Hall

Oberon Guitar Trio (Brad Mahon, Ralph Maier, Murray Visscher) &
Duo Verdejo (Meghan & Adrian Verdejo)
Saturday April 10, 2:00pm, Wood Hall

Youth Showcase + MultipleGuitars
Sunday April 11, 10:00am, Wood Hall
NWGF artists and students in a program of mixed ensembles, with the Canadian premiere of Vals Eterna by Michael Nicolella.
If you wish to apply to the Youth Showcase concert (age 18 and under), please send your request, resume and program information to Bradford Werner

Competition Finals
Sunday April 11, 2:00pm, Alix Goolden Hall


John Oliver
Music of John Oliver
A discussion of the composers’ works and evolving trends
Friday April 9, 12:00-1:00pm, Wood Hall

Randy Pile
BC Guitar Encounter
Guitars by British Columbia luthiers Mikhail Robert, Fritz Mueller, Marcus Dominelli, and Douglass Scott. Mr. Pile will present and perform on each instrument. The luthiers will be available for discussion and private showing of instruments.
Saturday April 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Wood Hall

Ray Nurse
Music of John Dowland
The seminal Renaissance figure is examined by Canada’s premiere lutenist and lute builder
Sunday April 11, 12:00-1:00pm, Wood Hall


Stephen Boswell
Instruction by one of Vancouver’s finest guitar proponents
Friday April 9, 4:00-6:00pm, Wood Hall

Alexander Dunn
Instruction by one of the most respected teachers in North America
Saturday April 10, 4:00-6:00pm, Wood Hall

Oberon Guitar Trio Masterclass
Instruction by Calgary’s most prominent guitarists/instructors, in residence at Mount Royal Conservatory
Sunday April 11, 5:30-7:00pm, Wood Hall

Other Activities

Vals Eterna, Michael Nicolella, director
One of the most interesting and experienced guitar performer/composers in North America, Michael Nicolella conducts the Canadian premiere of his guitar octet with faculty from the Northwest Guitar Festival.
Rehearsals: April 9, 6:00-7:00pm, April 10, 10:30am-12:00pm, Sunday April 11, 9:00am-10:00am. Performance: Sunday, April 11, 10:00am.

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