Classical Gala West is a premier arts presenting organization in the American West featuring Classical Guitar, New Music, Chamber Music and World Music in beautiful venues and locations. Events include Concerts, Festivals, Masterclasses, and Educational Events.
SF BAY AREA CLASSICAL GUITAR FESTIVAL & COMPETITION May 1-2,
2015, Walnut Creek, California
Presented in collaboration with Classical Gala West and
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Dwight Stone, Music Director)
Christina Sandsengen, Featured Artist
With guest artists Christopher Mallett and Larry Aynesmith
Featuring: Concerts, Masterclasses, Lectures, Adult and Youth Competition
Tickets and registration:
- Registration for attendees, competitors and masterclass performers is available at door or online. Keep your online or onsite receipt for admission to events.
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Festival Info and Schedule
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, California 94596
Tickets: Festival Pass only $40.00 for all events, $60.00 for all events plus competition entry fee. Individual ticket only for Christina Sandsengen concert $20.00. Available at door or online at sfbayguitarfest2015.brownpapertickets.com. Attendance cost at all other events without Festival Pass is $10.00 each cash at door.
Travel: Easy access from highway interstates, San Francisco and Oakland airports via BART, trolley from BART station to stops walkable to festival site. Festival parking across street from church during festival events (no overnight parking).
Restaurants: A wide variety of upscale restaurants and shopping is within walking distance in the vibrant downtown area of beautiful Walnut Creek, California.
Hotels: Nearby hotels include the Walnut Creek Marriott, the Walnut Creek Motel 6, and others. Book well in advance because hotels may sell out this time of year. Check this website for possible hotel specials for festival attendees, coming soon.
Masterclass: Additional fee to perform in masterclass for Christina Sandsengen or Christopher Mallett $35.00, only four each available, see sfbayguitarfest2015.brownpapertickets.com.
Competition: Entering the competition is easy and open, just go to sfbayguitarfest2015.brownpapertickets.com and purchase a competitior pass online.
Competition Rules: Free choice of repertoire. All decisions of judges are final. Open to all nylon string classical guitarists, except touring artists with agent representation. Adults, no age limit: First Round, 7 Minutes, Final Round, 15 minutes. Youth: 5 minute Rounds. Prizes: Adult Division: 1st Prize $500; 2nd Prize $350.00, 3rd Prize, $150.00. Youth Divison: 1st through 3rd Prizes in each Division receive a package of assorted prizes. Honorable Mention prizes will also be awarded in each category. All prizes will be awarded during the Saturday evening concert.
(Some slight revisions may take place prior to festival)
Friday, May 1, 2015
12:00PM to 2:00PM
Masterclass: Christina Sandsengen
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Lecture/Demonstration/Discussion: Larry Aynesmith
Baroque Transcription: Transcribing Music of Heinrich Biber for Guitar
3:30PM to 5:00PM
Concert: Christopher Mallett
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Competiton: Adult, First Round
Saturday, May 2, 2015
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Competition: One Round, Youth Division I, ages 16-19
Youth Competition, One Round, Division II, ages 12-15
Youth Competition, One Round, Division III, up to age 11
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Masterclass: Christopher Mallett
3:00PM to 5:00PM
Competition: Adult Finals
Prize announcements: Youth Divisions
Concert: Christina Sandsengen
Intermission: Prize announcements, Adult Division
Post-Festival party and gathering to be announced.
Christina Sandsengen studied classical guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Manuell Castillo" in Spain. She has performed in the Norwegian National Opera, in England, Sweden, Turkey, Bolivia, Peru, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and China. She was recently elected as a board member of the Classical Guitar Association of Norway. Her debut album Shades & Contrast received great reviews from The Independent and Gramophone Magazine.
- Festival Co-Director
Christopher Mallett received an
M.M. from Yale University and is
Director of the California
Conservatory of Guitar.
- Festival Co-Director
Larry Aynesmith received an M.M.
from Butler University and is an
honoree of the Nevada Artist
Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition
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