International Guitar Series artists represent musical variety



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Sept. 2, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Classical, jazz and even surf music — the performances lined up for this year’s Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series will explore many musical avenues.

“GRCC has been organizing the series of guitar performances for more than two decades, and we’re proud to serve as a showcase for the skills of seasoned guitarists as well as rising stars,” said music professor Brian Morris. “Our performers include the winners of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and other noted guitar competitions, as well as other internationally acclaimed performers and recording artists.”

This year’s performers are:

·         7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 — The California Guitar Trio — Bert Lams, of Belgium; Hideyo Moriya, of Japan, and Paul Richards, of Utah — has explored the universes of rock, jazz, world music, surf music and classical music in its 14 recordings and over 1,500 gigs spanning more than two decades.

·         7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 — In addition to being the 2013 GFA winner, Anton Baranov has won top prizes in more than 15 other prestigious contests, including the Francisco Tárrega, Koblenz Guitar, Andrés Segovia, Agustín Barrios, Robert Vidal and Pittaluga Guitar competitions. This Russian guitarist is known for his daring interpretations and innovative programs.

·         7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 -- Robert Gruca performs a wide range of solo, chamber and concerto repertoire, and this will be his fourth performance as part of the GRCC series. He has earned first prizes in national guitar competitions, including the Columbus State Guitar Symposium, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival and the East Carolina University Guitar Festival competitions. He also was a top prize winner in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and a semifinalist in the GFA and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition.

·         7:30 p.m. March 26 — The Canadian Guitar Quartet — Julien Bisaillon, Philip Candelaria, Bruno Roussel and Louis Trepanier — has made three critically acclaimed recordings since its debut in 1999. The quartet, which has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, has been featured on a Bravo television special and on CBC’s English and French national networks as well as in England’s Classical Guitar magazine.

“Some of our performers will also present workshops for our students,” Morris said. “It’s an honor to bring such talented guitarists to the GRCC stage.”

All concerts will be held in the Recital Hall (room 200) of the GRCC Music Center at Ransom Avenue and Lyon Street. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp for $1 with a guest parking voucher sold at the door. Call (616) 234-3940 for further information or email

Anyone who anticipates needing disability-related accommodations, auxiliary aids or who has questions about physical access should call the music department at (616) 234 3940 in advance of the event.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, as well as at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.