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2018 Upcoming Events

Join us for the second half of our International Artist Concert Series: We begin with the extraordinary young bass-baritone Philippe Sly and guitarist John Charles Britton, performing a program of some of the most romantic music ever written---songs by Franz Schubert. Start your Valentine’s celebration early with this enchanting music sung in the intimate venue of Holsclaw Hall, on Saturday, February 3 at 7 PM.

We follow with the annual residency of the Grammy Award winning David Russell, one of the greatest guitarists of our time. There are two performances (same program on each), Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM, and a matinee on Sunday, February 25 at 1 PM. David will also teach from February 19-23, and details will be posted after the UA resumes mid-January. Master classes are free for observers, and tickets are not required.

Both David Russell and Xavier Jara are playing pieces written by the British composer Stephen Goss, so we have invited Maestro Goss to join us for David’s concerts. He will be in residence to speak about his work and to teach on February 26 and 27. Details also to be settled once the UA is back in session.

The touring winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition this year is Xavier Jara who will play on Friday, March 2 at 7 PM. These are always wonderful concerts and a great opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow!

Our International Series ends with the exciting flamenco music of Grisha Goryachev in a long-awaited return visit to Tucson. He will play for us on Thursday, April 5 at 7 PM. His interpretations of the great flamenco artists of the past are nothing short of amazing. Grisha will also teach a flamenco workshop on Monday, April 2 at 5:30 PM. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so email TucsonGS@gmail.com for a reservation.

All concerts are in Holsclaw Hall. Tickets are available on this website with no processing fees.

Guitar in the Woods
Next Events:
Thursday, February 1, 6:30-8:00 PM
Woods Memorial Library
3455 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

The first Thursday of every month we invite all to join us at the Woods Library to share music! All musical styles are welcome, and all levels of expertise, so come show us what you are working on. Or just come listen. This is a free event.

Email us to reserve time to play: TucsonGS@gmail.com, or call 520-342-0022. Or just show up and take your chances... Do check our “Local Guitar Events” or our Facebook page as we occasionally have to move the date to a different Thursday.

Woods Memorial Library, on First Ave. between Prince and Fort Lowell. Free event.

A New Event: Guitar in the Park!

Monday, February 12, 6:30-8:00 PM
Himmel Park Library
1035 N Treat Ave, Tucson

This new community open mic evening will operate like our Guitar in the Woods series. All musical styles, all levels of expertise welcome. You can reserve time (email us, or call 342-0022), or take your chances dropping in. Or, you can come listen. It is free for all. Families are welcome.

Misael Barraza-Díaz Doctoral Ensemble Recital

Saturday, January 13, 7:00 PM
Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music
Free Event
On the program is music of:
John Dowland, with Carlos Zapien, tenor
JS Bach, with Nicholas Epple, Steven J. Lerman, and Diana Schaible, guitars
Joaquin Rodrigo, with Hugo Vera, tenor
Joan Tower, with Diana Schaible, flute Astor Piazzolla, with Diana Schaible, flute
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* Presented in partnership with The Bolton Guitar Studies Program, University of Arizona's School of Music and with the Guitar Foundation of America.
* Presented in partnership with The Bolton Guitar Studies Program, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona.
* Presented in collaboration with UA Presents. The Tucson Guitar Society has a block of premium seats ($45) to this event. There are also tickets at the $45 and $35 levels available from UA Presents: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uapresents/EN/buy/browse
The Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra presents two concerts a year, one in winter and the other in spring. Our fantastic conductor, José Luis Puerta, will bring some exciting new pieces to the repertoire. We will announce the winter concert date this fall.
For more information about the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra contact José Luis Puerta at joseluispuertapr@gmail.com.
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You Can Build Your Own Season!

No hidden fees! Our on-line purchasing is a bargain since we do not charge any processing fee. And we are always ready to help with phone purchases too, also with no added fees. And another great feature: tickets purchased in advance for TGS events may be exchanged for another event of the same price as long as we have some advance notice. We understand that plans can change.

The Tucson Guitar Society gives you several options to buy tickets:

  • Season Pass, our best deal! A season pass includes membership, 6 great concerts, a UA student competition all at a discount, for only $160 – or $195 with the Brasil Guitar Duo included as a 7th concert!
  • Membership ($30 for 1 year) offers $5 discounts on concert tickets, ANYTIME! See details below.
  • Advance purchase of 4 or more single concert tickets for a 10% discount. Mix and match concerts in the combination of your choice! Discounts calculated automatically during the purchase process. Please note, these discounts apply to advance purchases.
  • Single ticket purchase.

Remember--tickets may be exchanged for another event of the same price as long as we have adequate advance notice. There is no fee for this service.

Please note that the first optional event is the Brasil Guitar Duo, a UA Presents event. We are thrilled to have reserved some premium tickets to this for our audiences, but cannot, contractually, discount them.

We have two very special events in lieu of the Duo Assad concerts originally scheduled. Those buying season tickets may choose either Berta Rojas or the duo of Sergio Assad with his daughter Clarice Assad. Of course, we hope you will want to come to both. However our purchasing forms were already set up, so we must ask that you buy the second concert separately. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

2016-17 International Artist Series Date Single Ticket Price
Single Ticket Price
Annual Membership $30
Brasil Guitar Duo*, premium seating
As of Oct. 10, tickets will be sold only by UA Presents: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/jpv6xw
Tues, Oct. 17, 7:30PM $45 $45
9th International Guitar Festival
Iliana Matos, Cuba Sat, Nov. 11, 7PM $25 $20
Beeston Competition* Sun, Nov. 12, 4PM $10 $7
Berta Rojas, Paraguay
Sérgio Assad with Clarice Assad, Brazil**
Sat, Nov. 18, 7PM
Sun, Nov. 19, 1PM
$30 $25
2018 Concerts
Philippe Sly, bass-baritone, Canada with
John Charles Britton, USA, guitar
Sponsored by the Tucson Desert Song Festival
Sat, Feb. 3, 7PM $25 $20
David Russell, Spain & Scotland
(U of A Visiting Artist)
Sat, Feb. 24, 7PM
Sun, Feb. 25, 1PM
$30 $25
Xavier Jara, USA Fri, Mar. 2, 7PM $25 $20
Grisha Goryachev, Russia Thur, Apr. 5, 7PM $25 $20
*Please note, there are no volume discounts on Brasil Guitar Duo or Beeston Competition tickets.
** For those who would like to attend both events, please purchase it separately, or call and we will do it for you. 520-577-2814. Those attending both concerts will receive a $5 voucher to use on another event, as a thank you from the Guitar Society.
Our Best Deal

Buy a Season Pass and pay our lowest ticket price. Six concerts, the Beeston Competition, plus a membership, only $160! Or all 7 concerts including the stellar Brasil Guitar Duo for $195. You'll be a member, with all the benefits of membership. So if you need extra tickets for guests, the member price applies, even at the door.

Members Save More!

Tucson Guitar Society members earn a 20% discount on most events! Memberships support our activities and are only $30 for one year, September through August. Membership entitles the member to buy tickets at a 20% discount for TGS events (UA events are also discounted but to the price we pay the UA for the tickets). Tickets may be purchased at these discounted prices AT ANY TIME, even at the door the day of the concert, space permitting. There is no minimum purchase, offering complete flexibility. And you help the Tucson Guitar Society, too!

Membership Includes:
  • Discounted tickets to the Guitar Festival events and individual concerts
  • No minimum purchase
  • Discounted tickets available at the door day of the concert, as space allows
  • Free Master Class observation
  • Eligibility to play in the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra (additional $50 fee required)
  • Free listing, if desired, on our LOCAL RESOURCES page for guitar professionals or service providers
  • Free exchange of tickets into another concert of the same price, if your schedule changes! ($5 upcharge to shift into a Duo Assad or David Russell concert from a TGS event: this price is set by the UA)
  • The Arizona Early Music Society and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music have both partnered with the Tucson Guitar Society to offer discounts to our members. You will pay season ticket prices for single ticket purchases for performances presented by these terrific groups. Call 342-0022 for details, and check out their seasons here:
We Aim to Please

Questions about our pricing policy? We are trying to make it flexible for those of you who travel extensively or who have scheduling conflicts. We are happy to work with you. Just call Julia at (520) 342-0022 to discuss your needs or questions.


We offer student pricing as well for TGS events: $10. Sales by telephone or at the door only: please leave a message for Julia at 342-0022. There is no processing fee. ID required at ticket pickup. (Students tickets to the Duo Assad and David Russell concerts and the Beeston Competition are available only from the UA Fine Arts Box Office. UA Presents sets the student policy for the Brasil Guitar Duo.)

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Gifts to The Tucson Guitar Society are most appreciated! They are deductible to the extent allowable by law, as the Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donors are recognized in the concert programs and at the "Friends of the TGS" page of this website, unless anonymity is requested.
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