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The Victoria Guitar Society is excited to present a Canadian premier of solo guitar and ensemble music of bohemian Rudolf Leberl.


Classical guitarist Alexander Dunn, joined by Phillip Manning (violin), Guyonne Le Louarn (viola), Anna Cal (piano) and Simon Farintosh (guitar) offer a program of early 20th century Romanticism – surprise opening guests will introduce you to this delightful composer.


Rudolf Leberl (1884-1952) whose music belongs to the aesthetic family of Dvořák and Janáček, worked in the Czech Republic and Bavaria, producing over 1500 works for guitar which are only now receiving their due recognition. His entire output includes thirty large solo cycles for guitar as well as works for orchestra, strings, winds, piano and chamber music. Leberl suffered from the socio-political devastation following two World Wars. His works, which he had to abandon to escape oppression, were salvaged by his former students. Rudolf Leberl died in 1952 both destitute and blind. With a recent surge in interest in Leberl’s fine works, guitarists can now be nourished by his enchanting and delectable music.


Viewing options for this afternoon of fine music include the live venue with reduced capacity venue, physical distancing and expectation of mask wearing when not seated or online streaming from the comfort of your home.

Past Events

Music as a Life Force: Susan McDonald

an interactive online talk (Zoom)

Wednesday, July 29th, 5pm - 7pm PST

Guitarist Susan McDonald will share stories from her dangerous and inspiring music journey in the Middle East.


The conversation will take us to present day challenges and looking at what role music plays for our well-being and humanity. The talk will be followed by a live discussion with the audience and a Q&A session.

Free for VGS members,

$10 for non-members.

Adjudicated by Brett Gunther from Calgary, the VGS Online Mini-Festival was a success with 9 participants of all age groups and 15 piece submissions!


Bravo and congratulations to all the students who took part in this interesting experiment. All participants received written comments from the adjudicator as well as a Certificate of Participation.


We are delighted to share some festival performances with you through our Festival Playlist.

Thank you Victoria!  For supporting our first ever hybrid style concert with live streaming.

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