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Florida's pioneer Classical Guitar nonprofit organization, the Miami Classical Guitar Society initiated and developed a guitar movement in Miami since 1987, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. Dedicated to enriching our culture, MCGS promotes art, awareness, and education of Classical Guitar through world-class performance, innovation, and vision.

The MCGS has created and organized over 200 concerts featuring world-renowned guitarists and local talent, founded Miami's International Guitar Festival & Competition, Miami's Guitar Ensemble Festival, and the Miami Classical Guitar Orchestra, as well as directed two of the most prestigious International Guitar Festivals in the country through the Guitar Foundation of America in 1991 and 2002. A strong advocate for music and guitar education, MCGS actively works with school music programs yearly, visiting young musicians and highlighting student guitar ensembles and performers as part of our series.

Through our yearly cultural programming including world-class concerts, master classes, lectures, lecture-recitals, guitar courses, ensembles, and international competitions, MCGS founder Carlos Molina is a tireless promoter of the instrument, dedicated to offering guitar lovers, performers, teachers, and students the opportunity to enjoy wonderful performances and further develop their talents.

We look forward in continuing with our cultural endeavor to share and foster the love for this beautiful instrument within our community and beyond. Join us!

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Brought to you with the generous support from our wonderful Sponsors: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Savarez Strings, The D'Addario Music Foundation, Anita and Morris BROAD FOUNDATION, MAD Design Studios, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad De Coria International Guitar Festival, Spain.

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Astor Piazzolla

Composer: Astor Piazzolla (1921- 1992)

When, where and how did the Argentine tango originate?
None of these questions can be answered with absolute precision. The tango´s genesis was not instantaneous, it occurred over a number of years, almost certainly between 1880 and the middle 1890s, and there probably was a parallel development having taken place both around Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

According to J.L.Borges, All the hustle and bustle of the city, all the emotions that move men — anger, fear, desire, sexual pleasure — become central motifs for the authors of tangos. It is not absurd to consider the tango as a vast expression of the incoherent comédie humaine of the life of Buenos Aires. And about Piazzolla´s tangos, he says … 'its passionate intensity, its baroque extravagance, its refinement, its violence, its longing. I adored his tangos the way I cherished my sister, the way I would have loved a brother.'

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Manuel Maria Ponce

Composer: Manuel María Ponce (1882- 1948)

Ponce composed his variations after the request of Andrés Segovia, who asked him to write “brilliant variations for me on the theme of the Folias de España, … I ask you this on my knees . . .”

Ponce was very skillful in imitating other periods and composer´s styles and in this variations he sometimes recalls Bach´s style, or Debussy, Chopin, F Sor, Brahms, Wagner …

Each variation derives from various combinations of the melodic, rhythmic or harmonic traits of the theme, refering frequently to dances such as corrente, fandango, siciliana, fox-trot …

As a result, there is marked contrast between variations, and each individual one might be considered to be a skillful and attractive composition by its own.

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Dionisio Aguado

Composer: Dionisio Aguado (1784- 1849)

This Spanish guitar virtuoso wrote a number of compositions for guitar and an influential method and studies for his instrument that still are applicable and relevant today.

Only two of his pieces are based in Spanish popular music, "Le Menuet Afandangado Op. 15" and "Le Fandango Varie Op.16".

The fandango that inspired Aguado was one of the most beloved dances in Spain in his period. Casanova described it as the most seductive and the most voluptuous possible … 'it contains love from the sigh of desire to the ecstasy of possession'.

Aguado´s "Le Fandango Varié" starts with an introduction, followed by the proper dance. It also includes a typical singing section in major mode (Copla).

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