The Columbus Guitar Society


The Columbus Guitar Society has, since 1992, presented the only concert series in the region dedicated to promoting the art of the classical guitar. Past seasons have included such luminaries as Jason Vieaux, John Holmquist, Roland Dyens, David Tannenbaum, David Leisner, Dale Kavanagh, The Falla Trio, Quaternaglia, The Pearl-Gray Duo, Carlos Perez, Stanley Yates, and many winners of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Solo Artist Competition. Concerts take place in the acoustically brilliant Huntington Recital Hall at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. See Maps and Details page for directions. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster as well as for purchase (cash,check, or credit card) at the door, one hour before concert start time.


Guitar foundatio
n of America (GFA) champion and Russian guitarist Anton Baranov graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, celebrated guitarist–composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who is able to have [his audience] almost forget the instrument…[their] focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.” Baranov is a prizewinner at more than fifteen prestigious international competitions. At the height of his young career, he won both the GFA International Concert Artist Competition and the Tárrega Competition in 2013. The GFA winners always deliver fiery virtuosity, as Anton will on 4 October 2014.

Duo Allant is the world-class flute–guitar duo of Kathryn Thomas Umble (flute) and François Fowler (guitar), recognized for their high level of artistry and musicianship. Known for connecting with audiences, the duo has received glowing accolades for intelligent programming. Their innovative repertoire spans more than 400 years of music from Brazil, Japan, North America, Great Britain, Argentina, and France. They are also enthusiastic exponents of new music and dedicatees of exciting new compositions. …And François and Kathryn bring their sophisticated performance to our own stage on 10 January 2015.

Ayreheart grew out of GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane’s desire to write new music for the lute—the most popular instrument of the Renaissance—and make it accessible to a wider audience. The music of Ayreheart reflects elements of many styles of music: Folk, Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Celtic, and others. The combination lute with a variety of plucked and percussion instruments blends old and new aesthetics to create the unique and timeless sound that is Ayreheart. This exciting new ensemble brings Renaissance Music from the British Isles to Capital University’s Mees Auditorium as a coproduction of the Columbus Guitar Society and Early Music in Columbus on Friday,

6 February 2015.

Lynn McGrath is being heralded as a phenom. Blending passion for theatre, literature, and guitar, she has shared the poetry and music of Platero y Yo with audiences on four continents as both guitarist and theatrical narrator, an unprecedented feat bringing the writings of Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez to life for audiences across the globe. One critic wrote “…wonderful timing, poise, wit, and grace, while getting a full rich sound from her guitar. Anyone who loves either music or poetry would have been charmed, but those who appreciate both, not to mention stage presence and acting skills, were electrified by this tour-de-force of artistic multi-tasking.” —Soundboard. 18 April 2015 is not to be missed!

Special Fundraising Events:

CGS Members’ Ensemble Concerts $5 General Admission

    Saturday, September 27, 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, TBD March, 8:00 p.m.

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Guitar Ensemble,

$5 General Admission

    Saturday, November 8, 8:00 p.m.

All performances are at 8 pm in Capital University’s Huntington Recital Hall.

Season tickets available from CAPA at 614-469-0939.

Individual tickets available from CAPA or

Check or 614-561-9204 for pending details.