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



Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society Presents:

The Guitar and Nature

Members of the society will perform works that evoke the natural world we live in.

 Sunday September 17, 2017 @3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door




Sheila Hamilton-Flute and Liam Wood -Guitar


Sunday November 12, 2017 @3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door



Sheila Hamilton began her classical music training at age five and sprang into professional performing as a teenager.  She has concertized extensively in the Cleveland, Ohio, and the New York Hudson Valley regions, and appears on numerous CDs on the SYDA Foundation label, including Raga Taranga (SYDA 106385 0637). Ms. Hamilton was a student of the celebrated Julius Baker and Metropolitan Opera flutist Trudy Kane, both of the Julliard School. A double scholarship recipient (flute and piano), she holds both a B.A. and B. S. degrees from Eberhardt-Karls Universitaet in Germany and S.U.N.Y. She currently maintains a burgeoning music studio in New Paltz, where she teaches flute, piano and voice.  Ms. Hamilton also serves on the music faculty of Marist College, as lecturer and Assistant Director of Choral Activities, in Poughkeepsie, New York.


The Guitar and the Supernatural

Members of the society will perform works that are otherworldly

 Sunday February 25, 2018 @3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door





MHCGS Presents: Scott Sanchez - Guitar

Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $20 at the door



Originally from Colorado, Scott Sanchez's playing has been described as "Colorful and poignant" (Soundboard Magazine, U.S.A.)  and “Very engaging, virtuosic and spirited” (David Leisner, Chair of the classical guitar program at the Manhattan School of Music).  Referring to his British debut Classical Guitar Magazine (Great Britain) said, “Sanchez drew the audience into his playing with his excellent performance… a performance which at times was introspective and at others extrovert.”  Past concert seasons have included recitals and masterclasses for the New York City Classical Guitar Society; New England Guitar Society in Milford, Connecticut; St. Bride’s Church in London, England; Bournemouth University in Dorset, England; King’s Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts; University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky; and Ventura Classical Guitar Society in Camarillo, California.

Sanchez's four cds on Intraspect Productions cover a vast repertoire spanning the music of the Baroque era to modern day masterpieces. He also recorded two concert etudes by Ricardo Iznaola, for the Contemporary Anthology of Solo Guitar Music for Five Fingers of the Right Hand, published by Mel Bay Publications. In a review of his most recent cd, entitled Lattice Work, Classical Guitar Magazine stated: “It must be said that throughout this hour's worth of music, Scott Sanchez shows himself in a very good light: he has the finesse and the musicianship to bring out the best in his chosen programme: his rich-toned phrasing and 'colouring' is very expressive and finely calculated yet having a naturalness to it. The disc is superbly recorded and the playing throughout is exemplary with Sanchez taking great care with details such as tone and phrasing and he has a charming way of fashioning the melodic lines from his guitar.” In addition to his solo concerts, Sanchez has also frequently performed with chamber musicians, choral groups, and as soloist with orchestra. Scott Sanchez is also active as a writer on music and his articles have frequently been published in international periodicals such as Soundboard Magazine (U.S.A.) and Classical Guitar Magazine  (Great Britain).
 
He has taught at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, UMass Amherst, and Springfield College.  He is currently on the music faculty at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Denver as a student of the Cuban classical guitarist, Ricardo Iznaola, and graduated with a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he was a student of the American classical guitarist, Benjamin Verdery. As a student, he also performed in masterclasses for renowned guitarists such as Eliot Fisk, David Russell, Scott Tennant and Pepe Romero, among others.



MHCGS Presents: George Harry Pellegrin - Guitar

Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 3pm
At Morton Memorial Library
Rhinecliff, NY
Admission: $10 at the door

Harry George Pellegrin is an author of mystery novels, a musician , composer and recording artist.
Harry has been teaching in New York  since 1978 (in the Capital Area since 1997).
After graduating high school in 1974, he began studying music at the college level when he enrolled at Bronx Community College. Two years later he transferred to the prestigious Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, earning a BA in music.