The Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona School of Music is pleased to announce the bestowal of an honorary doctoral degree on David Russell. This honor will be celebrated through several events during the University of Arizona 2014 May graduation.

One of the highlights of this celebration will be “David Russell: Musician, Scholar, Teacher and Humanitarian” – A Convocation of the University of Arizona School of Music, to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Holsclaw Hall. This convocation and recital is a tribute to Maestro Russell’s accomplishments throughout his career and his tireless humanitarian work with the continuous support of his wife, María Jesús Rodríguez. The program for this event will include a wide range of pieces close to Maestro Russell’s heart interpreted by Bolton students and players from the community. They range from his arrangements of Scarlatti and Bach to his wonderful arrangements of Celtic music.

Because this honorary event will be held in the intimate setting of Holsclaw Hall, those wishing to attend should email Julia Pernet, chairman of the Tucson Guitar Society, at to reserve a seat. Those who have not registered will be admitted if space permits.

This event will also be livestreamed. Here is the link:

David Russell and Maria Jesus Rodriguez at the John Lennon Memorial in NYC

Thursday, June 5 at 6:30 PM
Woods Library, on First Ave
between Prince and Fort Lowell
Free Admission

Join us Thursday, June 5 for an informal get-together of guitar players and guitar lovers!

All skill levels are welcome, all musical styles encouraged. The important thing is to meet friends and enjoy. This event is free.

If you want to reserve time to play, call Julia at 342-0022.

The Tucson Guitar Society will announce its new season soon. For those of you wanting to plan ahead, here are the dates we are sure of:

October 3, 2014 at 7 PM at Grace St Paul’s Church
Sixth International Tucson Guitar Festival
October 31, 2014 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall
November 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM, Holsclaw Hall
November 6, 2014 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall
November 7, 2014 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM, Holsclaw Hall
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7 PM, Holsclaw Hall