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2023 BCGS Spring Festival

May 6, 2023, 9:00 am - 9:30 pm


$70–75 (includes David Russell concert, breakfast, and lunch)

Purchase Tickets

If you already have tickets to the David Russell concert, you can purchase a festival-only pass, click here.

Come join the fun in a relaxed, enriching, and music filled day. Reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, share some food, check out items for sale, and have a good time at the 2023 BCGS Spring Festival!

Not a Member? No Worries.

Please consider becoming a member or updating your membership for member benefits and to help support the BCGS and its mission to “enrich lives and build community through sharing the art of the classical guitar.”

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Festival Schedule

Items for sale: Lovely, wonderful Papazian & Ramirez guitars, vintage guitar LP’s, sheet music – solos & ensemble

9:00 am
Scones, granola, yogurt, coffee, water, juice

9:30 am
A holistic approach to warm ups
Instructor: Jhon Alvarado
Join Jhon as he leads you through a warm-up routine that re-frames the varying aspects of warm-ups for the classical guitar. We will cover tendonitis prevention, beginner body-mapping, a new look at scales, and warming down.

10:00 am
Improvisation Workshop
Instructor: Michael Bester
Step away from the score and explore your innate musical ideas. We’ll cover some ways you can push aside fear of not knowing what to play and make space to connect with and play the music in your inner ear.

11:00 am
Instructor: Catherine O’Kelly
Catherine will demonstrate the extended techniques in Nikita Koshkin’s The Prince’s Toys, discuss what they represent in the story, and then perform The Prince’s Toys. After the presentation will be a workshop, in which participants will learn how to perform the techniques on their guitars.

12:30 pm
Provided by Surya Indian Caterers

1:30 pm
Master Class
Instructor: Christopher Ladd
Participate in the Member’s Festival Master Class with award winning and internationally renowned classical guitarist Christopher Ladd. Mr. Ladd currently serves on the faculty of The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and at The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut as the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Program.

Four 30 minute master class spots are available for $75 each.

Reserve a Master Class Spot

3:30 pm

4:00 pm
Open-mic Concert

Festival participants are invited to perform up to 10 minutes of music for the Member’s Concert. Sign up in advance by emailing Catherine O’Kelly at catherine.okelly@bostonguitar.org. Space is limited to 80 minutes of music total, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

5:45 pm
Break for dinner
(on your own)

7:30 pm
David Russell Concert

To close out the festival, as well as this year’s Artist Series, the incomparable David Russell returns to the BCGS stage!
Your ticket to the concert is included in your Festival pass.

Already bought tickets to see David Russell?

If you’d like to attend the festival but already have a ticket to the David Russell concert,
we’ve got you covered. You can purchase a festival-only pass for $40.

Purchase a Festival-Only Pass


May 6, 2023
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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