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Workshops, didactic concerts and musical encounters with some of the best guitarists in the world await audiences at the XII annual “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarras” (International Guitar Encounter), whose opening concert on Sunday, June 28 at the Ateneo Theater of the City of Knowledge sets the stage for the rest of the week, continuing from Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 2 with presentations at the Balboa Theater.
Today’s world-renowned “Encuentro de Guitarras” is organized by the Panama Guitar Association (AGUIPAN), a dynamic group of professional musicians and lovers of classical guitar keen on transforming the Isthmus into an important center of classical guitar on the world stage.
This year, the tradition of excellence and innovation as well as high levels of musical dexterity continue to define this celebration of international proportions, with participation from Petrit Çeku (Kosovo), Grisha Goryachev (Russia), Gohar Vardanyan (Armenia), Anabel Montesinos (Spain) and the duo, Marco Tamayo (Cuba / Austria), among many more.
“For the second year running, we present didactic concerts that are free and open to the public. The performers this year are the four winners of the “Concurso de Guitarra” competition in Costa Rica,” says Dr. Emiliano Pardo-Tristan, President and Artistic Director of AGUIPAN.
This year will feature three workshops taught by flamenco guitarist, Angel Ruiz, of Spain and Grisha Goryachev, of Russia along with a the master conference led by Costa Rican luthier, William Porras, who will discuss guitar construction, care and maintenance.
For the third year running, a dance workshop will be offered entitled “Bailes Marjorana,” free for dance students. With the goal of helping to mold the country’s next generation of teachers in this artistic discipline, AGUIPAN also offers numerous scholarships for guitar study at the INAC National Institute of Music. In addition, master classes taught by the artistes themselves will be provided, as well as a seminar for beginning guitarists and lectures targeted at students.
Panama has hosted around 70 world-famous musicians over the last eleven years that the event has been held. “We received requests from artistes from around the world who wish to participate in future festivals. This year, we have students visiting from Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Colombia,” added Dr. Pardo-Tristan.
Tickets to the concerts range between $12 – $40, depending on seating location, and are available for purchase through Ticket Plus and at the box office on the day of the event.