There is a change of program for our next concert. GFA winner Tengyue Zhang is unable to appear due to unforeseen visa issues – but we are delighted to present a total of four outstanding guitarists, representing the whole of North America!
Juan Carlos Laguna (Mexico), Lynn McGrath (USA) & Henderson Kolk Duo (Canada)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 | 8PM
Church of St. Peter and St. Simon, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30
Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.
Born in Mexico City, Juan Carlos Laguna studied music at the Escuela Nacional de Musica where he graduated with honours. He unanimously won the Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 1991, and was awarded the diploma of merit from the Ministry of Culture of Japan. He conducted an artist residency in New York at The Manhattan School of Music.
Laguna has been a soloist with leading orchestras in Mexico and abroad. He has appeared repeatedly in the most important halls in Mexico, North and South America, Asia and Europe. Well-known composers such as Takashi Yoshimatsu, Ian Krouze, Arturo Márquez, Manuel de Elías, Julio César Oliva, Simone Iannarelli, Leonardo Coral and Luis Chazarreta have dedicated works to him.
Dr. Lynn McGrath has performed, lectured, and adjudicated on four continents. Having taken part in international festivals that have included the Nikšić Festival (Montenegro), Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival (Poland), the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival and The Volterra Project (Italy), as well as The Guitar Foundation of America Festival, she has also toured in Canada, the UK, Peru, and New Zealand.
Dr. McGrath has also presented at some of the finest guitar programs at universities in Colorado, Ohio, New York, Victoria BC, and Veracruz Mexico. She has collaborated as a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Albuquerque-based choir Quintessence, with Santa Fe Opera, and is a member of the acclaimed Tantalus Guitar Quartet, praised for their “perfect ensemble” (Reinischer Post, Germany).
Drew Henderson and Michael Kolk met at the University of Toronto and formed the HK Guitar Duo soon after. Early on in their collaboration, they began exploring music composed for instruments other than the guitar, and released their debut album Original Guitar Transcriptions in 2004, comprised entirely of their arrangements of Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi, Rodrigo, and Scarlatti. In 2009, they released a second album featuring their transcriptions of Bach and Ravel, along with pieces composed for guitar duo by Lhoyer and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.