April 22 & 23 at 7:30pm
Majestic Main Stage Theatre
Tickets on sale 2/10/16 for Majestic Members- (contact the box office to reserve tickets), 2/24/16 for General Public.

The Corvallis Guitar Society presents a fascinating view of the history of the Spanish guitar by tracing its journey from popular folk instrument of the street and parlor to one that regularly graces the stage of the world’s largest concert halls. How did this modest instrument outlast its competition and gain such popularity? Who were the guitar’s champions, composers and principal artists? And how does the Spanish guitar fair today in the global fusion of music styles and performers?

Part concert, part lecture and part demonstration, this entertaining event will help answer these questions and should appeal to guitarists, those interested in learning about the history of the guitar, or those who simply like listening to guitar music.

The event is presented by the Corvallis Guitar Society in conjunction with the Majestic Theater and will feature the following performers:

Berto Boyd
Berto Boyd began his musical training at age 5 and has been playing guitar for over 25 years. A rigorous musician and careful researcher, Berto has studied and performed in Spain and the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical, and Jazz artists. Berto is a founder member and current Artistic Director for the Corvallis Guitar Society and he is one of the best guitarists in the area – don’t miss this opportunity to hear him play!

James Edwards
James Bishop-Edwards has been a performer, teacher, composer and recording artist for over 35 years. He plays not only the rich and varied traditional repertoire, but also his own compositions and contemporary genres as well. James plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the five-course guitar and eight-course lute. He was head of the Guitar Department at Southern Oregon University in Ashland for several years, and previously on the faculty as Guitar Instructor at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Mr. Bishop-Edwards is also artistic director for the Bailey Guitar Foundation

Grant Ruiz
The son of a bebop saxophonist, Grant Ruiz has played classical guitar since he was 10 years old. After studying flamenco in Spain and with several renowned artists in the U.S., he became an active performer and teacher in Southern Oregon. He has performed in several productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of several flamenco and classical ensembles, including Flamenco Pacifico with Berto Boyd. He is a founding member of the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society based in Ashland, Oregon.

Jon Sharp
Jon Sharp is President and a co-founder of the Corvallis Guitar Society and plays an active role in the local guitar scene both as a performer and classical guitar instructor with Gracewinds Music . A classical guitarist by training, Jon plays a wide variety of music that incorporates the classical romance of the Spanish guitar, the rhythmic flair and lyricism of South American composers, and the contemporary fusion of classical, jazz and folk styles from North America.

Tom Strini
Tom Strini holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition and a master’s in classical guitar performance. That background prepared him for a long career as a writer; Strini was music and dance critic at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 27 years and then senior editor of an arts-centric online magazine. Upon arrival in Corvallis in September of 2014, he joined the Guitar Society and started dusting off his technique. He also teaches at Oregon State University in the Honors College, School of Writing, Literature and Film, and in the Art Department.

The Corvallis Guitar Society presents a fascinating view of the history of the Spanish guitar by tracing its journey from popular folk instrument of the street and parlor to one that regularly graces the stage of the world’s largest concert halls.

The opening night will include a matinee and an evening show, on Saturday, April 23rd.

How did this modest instrument outlast its competition and gain such popularity? Who was responsible for the guitar’s modern dimensions and construction and how did that lead to elevated technique and expanded repertoire? Who were the guitar’s champions, composers and principal artists? And how does the Spanish guitar fair today in the global fusion of music styles and performers?

This fast-moving, entertaining show tells the story through commentary, imagery and a great deal of virtuoso playing in a wide variety of styles.

Part concert, part lecture and part demonstration, this entertaining event will help answer these questions and should appeal to guitarists, those interested in learning about the history of the guitar, or those who simply like listening to guitar music.