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School of Music to host guitar festival May 13-16

The School of Music at the University of South Carolina will host the Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition May 13-16. The festival is a four-day event featuring the sounds of classical, Spanish and Latin guitar music.

Tickets for evening concerts are $15 for adults and $10 for students. A single ticket purchase on Sunday afternoon functions as a ticket to the USC alumni concert and the competition finals concert.

All concerts will take place in the USC School of Music recital hall. Free events include daily master classes by guest artists; musical workshops; guitar competitions, May 14 and May 15; and a guitar orchestra concert featuring youth participants at 1 p.m. May 16.

Held for the second time in Columbia, the festival sponsors brought the Ohio-based concert here to provide cultural enrichment to the community and share the beauty of the classical guitar with people already familiar with the genre and introduce it to others. Festival director Jonathan Gangi said, “I feel that the classical guitar and its music are too wonderful for the general public to not know about and enjoy it!’

This year’s festival features guitarists from around the world with international reputations as performers and teachers. The artists include Stephen Aron, Christopher Berg, Mir Ali, Marco Sartor, Jose Lezcano and Marina Alexandra.

This project is funded by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, The South Carolina Arts Commission and The John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Ticketed Events:

Thursday, May 13
7:30 p.m.
Guest artist concert
Marina Alexandra and Mir Ali

Friday, May 14
7:30 p.m.
Guest artist concert
Marco Sartor and Stephen Aron

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Rosario Guitar Festival

  • What: Four-day event featuring the sounds of classical, Spanish and Latin guitar music
  • When: May 13-16
  • Where: School of Music recital hall

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