FEATURING Berta Rojas from Paraguay, Competition Winner Showcase, Luthier/Vendor Fair,
Lectures with Tony Morris from Classical Guitar Alive!
Renowned for her flawless technique and innate musicality, Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. She has been praised as “guitarist extraordinaire” by the Washington Post and by Classical Guitar Magazine as an “Ambassador of the classical guitar.”
Berta’s acknowledged warmth and musicality have accorded her a place of preference among audiences that have applauded her at such major stages as the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, London’s South Bank Centre, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the National Concert Hall in Dublin where she performed as a soloist with the Irish Radio and Television Orchestra, or Flagley Studio 4 in Brussels where she performed with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra for the Belgian National Television. She also had the honor of opening the Summit of the First Ladies of the Americas attended by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Most recently Berta has toured with Cuban saxophone player and 11-times Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera with whom she recorded the album Día y medio - Day and a Half. This recording was nominated to the Best Instrumental Album category of the XIII edition of the Latin Grammy Awards.
Rojas has been honored as a Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her artistic excellence. She is also privileged to be the Ambassador of Tourism for her country, Paraguay.
On February 28 Toronto Flamenco guitarist, composer and York University teacher Roger Scannura will perform the World Premier of his Flamenco-influenced version of the legendary Jewish prayer known as the Kol Nidre at our Soloduo concert. The nine-minute work was commissioned by former Guitar Society of Toronto President Harold Levy (a student of Scannura) as part of his “Kol Nidre Project” which aims to inspire musicians to compose their own versions of the iconic musical work.
On May 10, 2014 the Guitar Society of Toronto celebrated the 90th birthday of the Society’s founder, well known pedagogue Eli Kassner, with a gala concert. Several of Eli’s previous students performed, as well as other guitarists who have been significant in his life.
The Guitar Society of Toronto is proud to announce that six of its volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Heather Morand Clark (10 years), Timothy Smith (10 years), Patrick Feely (10 years), Michael Savona (10 years), Chantal Bresse Wilson (5 years) and Mariette Stephenson (5 years) were recognized during a recent Guitar Society event.
On October 16th Eli Kassner, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Guitar Society of Toronto, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Bob Rae, where he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.