MAGEF 2016

The 2016 Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival

The 24th Annual  Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival will be hosted by GRCC and April 1-3, 2016.

Here are links for tickets for the three 2016 MAGEF Concerts.  All of the concerts will be held at:
St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Particpating Ensembles Concert Friday Evening

Friday, April 1, 2016 7:30 PM               PURCHASE TICKETS
This concert will feature guitar ensembles from throughout the Midwest. Participating guitar ensembles include: Aquinas College, The Windy City Classical Guitarists, Grand Rapids Community College, The Carulli Guitar Duo, Grand Valley State University, Illinois State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; Elmhurst College, Harper College, and Central Michigan University.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet                                              

Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 7:30 PM    PURCHASE TICKETS

"The MGQ's playing is faultless. They are expressive, with a large dynamic and timbral range, perfect ensemble, and an inventive approach." -AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. Through the foursome’s extraordinary and equally matched abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines, and laser-like purity. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” says composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”

Particpating Ensembles Concert Sunday Afternoon

Sunday, April 3, 2016 1 p.m.               PURCHASE TICKETS
This concert will feature guitar ensembles from throughout the Midwest. Participating guitar ensembles include: Minooka Community High School, Eastern Kentucky University, Hope College, Bradley University, Bradley University Preparatory School for Youth/Childbloom Bella Corda of Bloomington/Normal, Miller Guitar Academy/ Notre Dame University, Mott Community College, Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble, North Park University Guitar Trio, Millikin University, and Lincoln Way High School. The concert will conclude with works written by Andrew Bergeron and James McGuire for the 2016 MAGEF Guitar Orchestra featuring over 100 guitarists and conducted by Dr. Libor Ondras.

Greetings! On behalf of Grand Rapids Community College we would like to invite you to attend the 2016 Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival.

This year’s featured guest performing ensemble will be The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet along with performances by participating ensembles as well as a performance by the 2016 MAGEF Guitar Orchestra performing works by James McGuire and Andrew Bergeron. The ensemble will be conducted by guest conductor Dr. Libor Ondras.  This years MAGEF again will be a truly wonderful and memorable event.

The event will be held at the historic St Cecilia Music Center and on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College April 1-3, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival is an annual event hosted by different colleges and universities throughout the region. It was established in 1991 to foster camaraderie and pedagogical exchanges between classical guitar teachers and students; to provide performance and learning opportunities for student ensembles; and to contribute to the overall artistic and cultural enrichment of classical guitar ensemble audiences. The festival also has worked to increase the ensemble repertoire by commissioning pieces for the festival orchestra. The first festival was hosted by Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and since has been sponsored by schools in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, and Indiana. Guest artists have included such renowned groups as the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Assad Duo, Los Romeros, and Duo Melis. The weekend will consist of performances by participating guitar ensembles, masterclasses, and a concert by this year’s guest artists, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet. The festival guitar orchestra will perform new works by James McGuire and Andrew Bergeron

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Brian Morris, Festival Director                                                                                        

(616) 234-4095