Newsletter 

The next meeting of the American Guitar Society will be held on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Music 104, L.A. Valley College, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA.

The American Guitar Society would like to welcome member Glen Dresser to the AGS board.

We would like to encourage AGS members to join the Ralph's Community Rewards program which contributes funds to AGS. Contributions to AGS do not cost our members anything and is completely funded by the Ralph's rewards program. Registration is simple: all you have to do is follow the instructions at ralphs.com and link AGS to your existing rewards account. If you are not a Ralph's rewards member, pick up a Rewards Card application at the checkout counter and register it online at ralphs.com by creating a new account. When you have an account, scroll to bottom, select enroll to link AGS to the Community Rewards Program. Type the NPO number 83595 to complete the linking process.

FRETS AFIRE, the European-American Youth Guitar Orchestra, is touring California this summer and will be playing this Saturday, July 22nd at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. A dynamic group of 35 teenage guitarists from Stuttgart, Germany and Pasadena, California, they will be giving concerts in the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco areas. Blending sounds of power and subtlety, their music is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, rock and even a little cartoon music.

The origin of this collaboration was a musical and cultural exchange program between the two groups, Guitarreando (Stuttgart, Germany) and the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra (Pasadena), begun in 2013. Both groups visited each other, hosting concerts and social activities from which a friendship and strong bond was formed.

Much of the music in their program was written for them. Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes wrote Bleu, inspired by the gentle waves on the beach in Malibu where the two groups first met. Andrew York, Grammy winner, wrote Tribal Youngers with the mischievous nature of the musicians in mind. Alex Mansour wrote Concerto for Guitar Orchestra inspired by the flamenco and rock influences of Rodrigo y Gabriela.

When you sign up to perform at a meeting, contact Michael Camp at (818) 793-8176 or email him to schedule your performances for the meeting no later than the Wednesday before the Saturday meeting as the programs will be run off the next day.

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