Thank you so much for making your way to the new La Guitarra California Festival 2020 website.
It was our sincerest hope to be able to present the Festival this September and to celebrate with some of the world’s most gifted guitarists. However, in the interest of keeping our patrons, artists and staff safe and healthy during these uncertain times, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s La Guitarra until the fall of 2021 when we look forward to bringing most, if not all of these amazing artists to the Performing Arts Center for everyone to enjoy.
Please check back over the weeks and months ahead to receive more information about the new dates, guitarists to appear, the Festival schedule, and tickets. Also, if you would like to be kept up-to-date by email, you can go to the “CONTACT” page at the bottom of the site and send us a message requesting direct updates.
Thank you, Cal Poly Arts
Cal Poly Arts presents the La Guitarra California Festival 2021 from September 17th through the 19th at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the campus of Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.
Public performances will include an opening night event featuring guitar legends The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Croatia-born virtuoso, Ana Vidovic in the 1281-seat Christopher Cohan Center. Additional performances will take place in the 484-seat Spanos Theatre and will include American performers, Guitar Duo Tony Harmon & Nathan Towne; Russia-born performer and educator Irina Kulikova; Concert Artists Guild 2016 First Prize winner Jiji; Benjamin Verdery; the Beijing Guitar Duo; Daniel Ho & Pepe Romero and local performer Jack Cimo. Several artists will hold Master Classes and three quarters of participants will attend via scholarship. The Festival will also feature a guitar-related Vendor Fair and Marketplace and dozens of luthiers (guitar-makers) will demonstrate their craft and exhibit their work. The Festival will also include an exhibition of guitar-themed Fine Art.
ARTISTS NAMES LINKED TO TICKETS ➡(coming soon!)
|Friday, September 17|
|4:00-6:00 pm||Masterclass with Beijing Guitar Duo||Philips Hall|
Life Achievement Award presentation, “Roland Dyans In Memoriam”
LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET
|Saturday, September 18|
|9:30-11:00||Masterclass with Ana Vidovic||Philips Hall|
|11:00-6:00||Vendor Fair & Guitar Fine Art Exhibit||The Pavilion|
|11:30 - 1pm||TONY HARMON & NATHAN TOWNE||Spanos Theatre|
|1:30 - 3pm||JIJI / IRINA KULIKOVA||Spanos Theatre|
|3:15-3:45||FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT: JIJI||Spanos Courtyard|
|4:00 – 5:30pm||BENJAMIN VERDERY||Spanos Theatre|
|----- 90-min. DINNER break -----|
|7:00 – 8:45pm||JACK CIMO / BEIJING GUITAR DUO||Spanos Theatre|
|Sunday, September 19|
|9:00 am – 2pm||Vendor Fair & Guitar Fine Art Exhibit||The Pavilion|
|9:00-10:30am||Masterclass with Irina Kulikova||Philips Hall|
|11am – 12:30pm||Masterclass with Scott Tennant||Philips Hall|
|12:30pm||----- 90-min. LUNCH break -----|
|2pm||Vendor Fair closes||The Pavilion|
|2:30 – 4pm||DANIEL HO & PEPE ROMERO||Spanos Theatre|
Our vendors have always been an important aspect of the Festival. They significantly add to the festive atmosphere and greatly enhance the experience of the attendees. We urge our attendees and performing artists to visit the Luthiers and Vendor Fair and enjoy their hand-made instruments and artwork.
We invite you to participate in one of the premier classical guitar events:
Space is limited! Contact the Festival Director now and reserve your booth.
Use our "Contact Form" to contact Director