Welcome to MHCGS

The Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society was formed in February of 2010 by guitarists Russell Austin, Gregory Dinger, and David Temple, and luthier William Kramer-Harrison.
Our Mission is to increase knowledge and awareness of the classical guitar in our community and to share and enjoy the music of the classical guitar.
MHCGS meets about six times each year at the Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, New York.
We host performing artists, master classes, lectures, and theme programs in which guitarists from the Hudson Valley region are invited to perform.
MHCGS is also a social and professional network for guitarists and lovers of the guitar. We invite everyone to participate.
MHCGS is a not for profit organization (501c3) operating under fiscal sponsorship of Arts Mid-Hudson Inc. formerly the Dutchess County Arts Council.

Schedule of Events

Frank Wallace performs 

Three Spanish Guitars

 Sunday November 20, 2016 @3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $20 at the door

a vibrant and sensual experience of rare guitars in the hands of a master

It is extraordinary to hear a powerful and refined performer playing on exceptional historical instruments he knows intimately. Frank Wallace, a prolific composer of solos, chamber music and song, here shows that “…he can match the musicality of any player out there…virtuosic but always in a musically convincing way.” [This is Classical Guitar]. Three exquisite historical guitars from Wallace’s personal collection are featured in music appropriate for each: Sor, Aguado, Tárrega, de Falla, Turina and Mompou. Wallace has played these instruments by Manuel Gutierrez, Sevilla, 1854; Manuel Ramirez, Madrid, c. 1910; and Ignacio Fleta, Barcelona, 1964 for over 20 years on his most popular recordings on the Gyre label. Known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today), Frank Wallace tours internationally as a soloist and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles and records for Gyre.

Visit Mr. Wallace' website at www.frankwallace.com

Music of the Russia

Sunday February 26, 2017 @3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

Members of the Society will perform works from Russia. 
Local area guitarists who wish to perform on this theme program should contact us at: midhudsoncgs@gmail.com

Charles Mokotoff, Guitar

Sunday April 2, 2017 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY

Admission: $20 at the door

CHARLES MOKOTOFF holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in guitar performance from Syracuse University and Ithaca College, respectively. He has served on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities in New York and the New England area as a lecturer in classical guitar and lute.

Prior to settling in the Washington, DC area in 1991, Mr. Mokotoff made his home in New England where he was widely recognized as an active guitarist and lutenist. During that period his career culminated with two Far East tours and a well-received New York City debut at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Solo and ensemble recitals over the past few seasons have centered around the Mid-Atlantic states, but include performances in Chicago, Boston, and most recently two performances at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library in New York City.

Classical Guitar Magazine (U.K.) has called his playing, “truly monumental” as well as “engaging and rhapsodic”. ClassicalGuitarMusic.org has written that his playing shows “a mix of strong tone, pianistic at times, but also capable of beautiful legato phrasing and a natural feel for forward movement." Earlier in his career, Mr. Mokotoff was described by the New York Times as “exceptional among debutantes...a thoughtful, gentlemanly artist, technically fastidious and able to coax a range of sounds from his instrument.”

Visit Mr. Mokotoff's website: www.charlesmokotoff.com

 Gregory Dinger and Friends 

Sunday May 7, 2017 @ 3pmAt Morton Memorial LibraryRhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

Guitarist Gregory Dinger will perform solo works from the Renaissance to the 20th century (Mudarra, Sanz, Scarlatti, Sor, Granados, Barrios & others) and also will be joined by two colleagues, flutist Marisa Trees & violist Anastasia Solberg, playing duo and trio music by Schumann, Torroba and several of Dinger's settings, ranging from American folk music to Beatles.