Knoxville Guitar Society 2016-2017 Schedule

Knoxville Guitar Society

2016-2017 Concert Season

Order Season Tickets Now

Season tickets are $100 per adult for all eight concerts. Tickets are transferable. To place an order, please email Michael K. Smith at You can also mail a check payable to “Knoxville Guitar Society” to Knoxville Guitar Society, Michael K. Smith, 308 South Peters Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923.

All concerts are given at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road.

Lify Afshar August 20, 2016

Acclaimed as “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio
International, Lily Afshar is a virtuosa who brings passion to her performance. Her unique
life story finds expression in her art. The Washington Post has described her onstage
performance as “remarkable, impeccable.” She is the only classical guitarist in the world
who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.

David Feder September 10, 2016

Hillbilly Flamenco Guitarist/Songwriter David Feder has been captivating audiences worldwide with his playfully sensual music for over 20 years. With a warm smile and a funny charismatic presence, this remarkable musician has earned a devoted following. And with his fresh approach to the finger style Classic guitar, Feder breathes new life into the American Gypsy-World Music scene.

Brad Richter October 29, 2016

Brad Richter may be one of the most influential classical guitarists working today. His ability to defy the technical limits of his instrument has earned him comparisons to the likes of Franz Liszt and Nicolo Paganini by luminaries of the American classical music scene. Equal parts performer, composer, and educator, he has amassed nearly 1,000 concert appearances in North America and Europe – more than 50 of which have
been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. Brad’s compositions for solo guitar and guitar in ensemble are performed by guitarists the world over.

KGS Winter Benefit Concert December 10, 2016

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its December Benefit Concert. This concert will feature students of local guitar teachers such as Larry Long, Jeff Comas, Ed Roberson, Chris Lee, and Andy LeGrand as well as other guest artists.

Kirk Hanser February 18, 2017

Since the mid 80’s, Kirk Hanser has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan as a soloist and ensemble member. In concert and on recordings these days, he is mainly heard with John McClellan as the internationally acclaimed Hanser-McClellan Guitar Duo. Their most recent recording, ”La Vida Breve”, was called “…passionate, beautiful…guitar playing at its highest order” by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine (U.S.), while Classical Guitar Magazine in the U.K. delighted in the duo’s “…sheer swagger & verve.”

Duo Aonzo Izquierdo March 25, 2017

Carlo Aonzo, from Savona, Italy, founded and conducts the Italian Mandolin Academy Orchestra and regularly records, performs and tours all over the world. In 2006, he set up the International Mandolin Academy to promote the Italian mandolin tradition. Born in Cuba, René Izquierdo is a graduate of Yale University School of Music and a professor of classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. As a concert artist, René has performed throughout the world, receiving wide critical acclaim for his performances.

Belle Triste April 22, 2017

Belle Triste consists of Candice Mowbray on classical guitar and Anita Thomas on clarinet. Through carefully-chosen repertoire, new arrangements and original compositions, Belle Triste has prepared a thoughtful, expressive and entertaining program of music that brings influences of many genres into a classical setting and appeals to a broad range of audiences.

KGS Spring Benefit Concert May 13, 2017

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its May Benefit Concert. This concert will feature students of local guitar teachers such as Larry Long, Jeff Comas, Ed Roberson, Chris Lee, and Andy LeGrand as well as other guest artists.