The Guitar Society of Toronto is delighted to announce a benefit concert for the President's Bursary Fund, featuring the great Brazilian-Canadian artist Celso Machado, will take place on Friday, May 24 at 8:00 P.M. at the Heliconian Hall.
The concert has a joint purpose: it will be the President’s Bursary Fund Benefit Concert and a celebration of our founder Eli Kassner’s 89th birthday. Tickets will be priced at $100.00 (a tax receipt of $50 will be issued per ticket). The fee will include a catered reception following the concert, door prizes, and the opportunity to meet the artist himself.
Celso Machado is an amazing performer and composer whose recitals are a fascinating combination of solo guitar playing, percussion, and singing. He performs throughout the world to universal acclaim - he has to be seen and heard to be believed! It has been many years since Celso last performed for the Guitar Society of Toronto, and we are thrilled that he will perform at this important fundraising concert.Click here to see Celso on YouTube.
All proceeds from the concert will go towards the President’s Bursary Fund, a crucial program that Eli established with the Guitar Society of Toronto in 2011, to help deserving Toronto classical guitarists offset expenses in furthering their musical development. For more details,
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Guitarists in competition is the subject of a new novel by award winning Ann Ireland. Come out and help launch this new must read novel at the Gladstone Hotel, February 12th; events begin at 7 p.m. Admission $5.00 or free with purchase of a novel which Ann will be there to sign. This evening of fun activities is hosted by This is Not a Reading Series (TINARS) under the direction of Marc Glassman in partnership with the Guitar Society of Toronto. In addition, there will be a performance by Michael Kolk and Alina Grunina. Everyone is welcome!
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.