Classical Gala West
Forthcoming Events

Larry Aynesmith
is offering Classical Guitar Lessons at Mountain Music Parlor in Reno, Nevada. Lesson dates will start on Tuesdays. To sign up for classes email:

SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival featuring Lily Afshar and Matthew Fish
• October 15, Palo Alto, CA

• Classical Gala West at Brewery Arts Center
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Please support us with your generous donation for our operations, prizes and scholarships for deserving students. Email for more info or specific donation requests.

Classical Gala West is one of the premier organizations in the American West presenting concerts, festivals and educational events. A division of LTCGS (Lake Tahoe Classic Guitar Society), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ID 20-1754458 organization and donations may be tax deductible. Donations may be made specifically for any geographic area where we present concerts, scholarships for competition prize winners, and to support our overall programs.

• Thanks to all those who help make this series possible, incuding:

All of our sponsors, donors volunteers and attendees, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, Nevada Arts Council, Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno, Nevada, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, Nevada, UNR Scheduling Dept., Reno, Nevada, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, California, Gryphon Strings, Palo Alto, California, National Endowment for the Arts, Artown Festival,
Reno, Nevada

Classical Gala West and its associated programs have presented a plethora of fine artists and events including:

Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival
SF Bay Guitar Festival

Andrew York
Paul Galbraith
Vida Guitar Quartet
Celso Machado
Celino and Lito Romero
Marc Teicholz
Adam Levin
San Francisco Guitar Quartet
and many others

(c) 2016 Classical Gala West
Tel: (775) 298-1686
P.O. Box 6083, Incline Village, NV 89451


Reno, Nevada
- Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:00pm
At Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, University of Nevada-Reno

$20.00, Friday October 14, 6:00pm, Wells Fargo Aud.
Buy Tickets for Lily Afshar Concert in Reno or call 1-800-838-3006

Palo Alto, California - Saturday, October 15, 7:00pm
SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
At First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, California
• Click for:
Festival Schedule
Classical Guitar Competition Rules and Registration
Masterclass Registration

$20.00, Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:00pm, First Lutheran
Buy Tickets for Lily Afshar Concert in Palo Alto or call 1-800-838-3006

Lily Afshar is a virtuosa who brings passion to her performance. Her unique life story finds expression in her art. She is the only classical guitarist in the world who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience. The first woman to receive a doctoral degree in Classical Guitar, Lily Afshar directs the Classical guitar program at the University of Memphis.

"One of the world's foremost classical guitarists." - Public Radio International

"Remarkable, impeccable." - The Washington Post

SF Bay Classical Guitar Festival & Competition 2016
Palo Alto, California
Saturday, October 15, 12pm to 9pm
Larry Aynesmith, Artistic Director
Matthew Fish, Competition Director

• At First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, CA
• Masterclass with Lily Afshar
• Adult and Youth Classical Guitar Competitions
• Featuring Concerts by Lily Afshar and Matthew Fish


Free Concert, Donations Requested


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Andrew York performs to a full house at SNGF 2016

The Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival 2016 was a great success!
Featured guest artist Andrew York performed one of the most transcendent, aesthetically pleasing and artistically moving concerts in the history of our festival. DuoSF and Larry Aynesmith also performed well received concerts with thunderous applause and standing ovations. Attendance was above 300 or close to 300 for all concerts. Students were lucky to learn from Andrew York in workshops and masterclasses. The Adult and Youth Classical Guitar Competitions had a high level of artistry.