Wilmington Classical Guitar's (WCG) concert series is built around supporting emerging artists. We are inspired by the talent of young guitarists worldwide, and believe that the future of classical guitar is (literally) in their hands.
As you know, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the arts community. WCG is one among many arts organizations who have been forced to cancel their concerts and programming this spring. For the artists we engage – those working to launch their careers and build their reputations – the loss of income and opportunity is particularly destabilizing.
WCG has established this fund so that we can pay all of the artists from our cancelled programs. We want to provide them with the income they deserve and were relying on. We want to help them sustain their careers in the face of great uncertainty.
We’re also looking ahead to the 2020-2021 season, knowing that in-person concerts may not be possible for a while longer – which will mean further income loss for these emerging artists, and a different sort of loss for all of us who love listening to classical guitar.
Therefore, WCG is imagining what virtual alternatives might be. Live-streamed living room concerts. Online masterclasses. Curated playlists with live talk-backs. This fund will also provide seed money so that we can cover artist fees and production costs as we develop new social-distancing-friendly programming. Anything collected over our goal will go to help sustain WCG during these uncertain times.
Wilmington Classical Guitar will continue to support artists and guitar lovers (YOU!) whether we’re gathering in-person or online.
THANK YOU for being part of our community. We are so grateful for your support.
About our cancelled artists:
Jordan Dodson, who was set to play on March 21, is an amazing musician and a good friend of WCG. Based in New York City, Jordan is a huge advocate for contemporary music, and has commissioned and premiered dozens of pieces internationally. In addition to performing as a soloist, Jordan also plays with several chamber ensembles, including Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and Contemporaneous, as well as several duos. Jordan first played for us in 2014, and we were really looking forward to having him back. Hopefully we’ll have that chance sooner rather than later. You can connect with Jordan through his website and through Facebook.
French guitarist Raphaël Feuillâtre, who was scheduled to make his Wilmington debut with us April 18, won first prize at the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Concert Artist Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, and was on the tail end of his winner’s tour when the pandemic hit, wiping out his last 15 concert dates.. Winners of the prestigious GFA Competition are among the very best in the world, and Raphaël is no exception, having distinguished himself in numerous competitions and live performances all over the world, as well as his 2 recorded albums. Hopefully we’ll have another opportunity to bring this incredible musician to Wilmington sometime soon. You can connect with Raphaël through Facebook.