INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SERIES

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JOHAN SMITH​​​

Church of Christ, Scientist

Sat. February 26th, 2022

3:30pm

$15-30

(50% venue capacity * masks* vaccine certificates)

Swiss classical guitarist, Johan Smith, is a highly acclaimed, illustrious musician, bringing virtuosic interpretations to his instrument. Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition in  2019 and defined as the "Classical Guitar Revelation 2017" by the notable French magazine "Guitar Classical Magazine", Johan Smith has become one of the most prominent names in the world of classical guitar. He has been invited to perform in renowned festivals, is a highly in-demand concert soloist, and has performed with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Versoix Chamber Orchestra. He is currently preparing the recording of his second album with Naxos, as well as tours that will bring him to perform in China, the United States, Canada, and at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York.

Johan’s particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers, including Josquin Schwizgebel and Arnaud Fillion, who dedicated his "Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra" to Johan. His affiliation with Arnaud Fillion bestowed an opportunity to record the Fillion’s three-movement concerto with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in October 2019, released in February 2020.

 

Born in 1990 in Geneva, Johan obtained a Bachelor in 2015 and a "Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy" in 2017 at the University of Music of Lausanne, in the class of Dagoberto Linhares. In addition to teaching guitar at the Conservatory of Morges, he also obtained the most important academic title in the field of musical performance in Switzerland: the "Master of Arts specializing in Music Performance Soloist"(2019), awarded by the highest grade. In a completely different approach, he is the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer in the extreme metal band "Stortregn", with whom he has already recorded four albums and played in three continents since 2005. Johan is an endorsee of Savarez guitar strings, one of the world’s leading string manufacturers (founded in 1770).

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Thank you for supporting the Victoria Guitar Society this last season.  It has been an interesting year, and we have tried our best to keep music alive. We have navigated through new technologies such as Live Stream and Zoom to bring you concerts and workshops, and we hope you have enjoyed them.

Our membership year renews on July 1st, 2021. Current annual membership fee remains $10 for individuals, and we have added a Family Membership option for $20.

If you purchased your membership after Jan 1, 2021, it will automatically extend to July 2022.  Of course, if you feel like renewing anyway, it will be appreciated.

For memberships purchased in 2020 the renewal fee will be due July 1st, 2021, and can be paid anytime through our website. If you are a teacher/performer with a current listing on our website, the listing will be automatically renewed upon payment (you don't need to provide information again unless something has changed)



https://www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca/membership

Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to some wonderful music in the next year

 

The VGS Team

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW UNTIL Feb 2nd!

The 2022 Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival syllabus is now available online at www.gvpaf.org

The Festival will be LIVE this year with all COVID-19 government recommendations followed. The Classical Guitar Section on Saturday April 9th is proudly supported by VGS.
 

The VGS COMMUNITY ENSEMBLE continues its tradition of playing for the public.  Rehearsals restart Jan 22, 2022

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Community Ensemble members spring/summer 2021: John Fraser, Linda Ryall, Shannon Perkins-Carr, Roman Naumov, Juan Carreras, Dario Fermani, James Austin, Janice Brown, Misha Smirnov; Director Natasha Pashchenko.  Photos by volunteer Alan Livingstone McLeod.

JOIN THE BOARD

 

The Board of Directors is seeking one new Director to line up for September at the latest.  If you are volunteer minded, have some time and take an interest in non-profit musical adventures, please consider joining the ranks at the Director level.  Our Directors are  "working" volunteers with voting privilege who share the administration and footwork by dividing projects into tasks according to our skill levels and time availability. The following experience or training would be an asset:

Management, non-profit administration
Legal (contract, copyright)
Digital communications (website/email/video-audio editing)
Print/Radio/Social media (press releases, graphic design, advertising, blogging)
Community engagement and volunteer management
Education, teaching
Fundraising, membership development
Publications, communication, media

Finance, accounting

This self-nomination form is your first step, without obligation.