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Sep 6, 2013 12:20 PM by Dan Shadwell

World-class guitar fest kicks off today in San Luis Obispo

If you're a fan of the guitar, there's no better place anywhere in the world to be this weekend, than in San Luis Obispo.
"La Guitarra California," is a three day festival, celebrating the varied music of the instrument.
Two years ago, the fest found a permanent home at Cal Poly and that's where 15 of the world's top musicians will converge beginning today, to perform a spectacular selection of music.
Martha Masters will open the concert series tonight at 7. She holds a doctorate in music from USC and currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University.
In 2000, she won the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in Spain and has performed at concerts and festivals all over the world.
The New York Times calls her style, "dynamically supple... vivid and assured... and graceful."
American Record Guide says her playing shows "exquisite taste, warmth and a fluid technique."
She'll be followed by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet at 8 o'clock.
The Grammy winning quartet is made up of John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant.
Each is an accomplished soloist and professor of music here in California.
Together, they play a wide variety of selections, from bluegrass to Bach, including Latin, African, irish, folk and american classics.
"La Guitarra California" runs today through Sunday with all sorts of activities to choose from: master classes, lectures, a guitar art display, hand-made instruments from more than 40 craftsmen, and of course, fabulous concerts.
For more information and tickets, just go to ksby.com and click on "Links" on the home page.

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