Korean Guitarist Performs Virtually for Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

Sat 10/17 @ 7:30PM

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society normally presents its “International Series” at local venues throughout the year. This year, no one’s travelling from around the world and no one is filling closely packed venues. But the group has adapted, and for its 12thseason, it’s presenting its series virtually, with all of its fall concerts free.

That’s why it’s able to present a concert by Korean guitarist Bokyunh Byun, who is currently based in Los Angeles where she is working on her doctorate at the university of South California, after receiving her bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. She was the first woman to win the highly regarded biennial JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, based in Buffalo, New York, which she did in 2018.

She also founded the Sounding Board Project to develop collaborations between guitarists and composers to create new music for the instrument. Performing new works is a specialty of hers, and the performance for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society will include the premiere of a new piece by Houston-based composer Theo Chandler. She’ll also perform works by 20th-century composers Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel Ponce, and Agustín Barrios.

The virtual concert is free. If you RSVP, you’ll get a program PDF and an invitation to a post concert reception with the artist on Zoom. Go here.  And yes, of course, the nonprofit group would love a donation to continue their work if you can afford it.




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