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Guitar Festival Recitals: tickets are $5 - UH students,
$10 - students/seniors, $15 - general admission.
Guitar Festival Master Classes/Lectures: admission is FREE.

Guitar Festival Competition Finals: tickets are $10 per person and FREE to finalists' family members.


Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building at University of Houston
Fundraiser concert for the 2013 TMF "Classical Minds" Festival & Competition
Featuring Valerie Hartzell, Andrew Smith, Jordan Taylor & "Classical Minds" students
Music by Bach, Weiss, de Falla, Barrios, Ponce, Mitchell, Mertz

Tickets for this fundraiser concert: $5 UH students/$8 non-UH students/$10 senior citizens/$15 general public. Call 713-743-3313 to reserve tickets.
Ticket proceeds will be used towards competition prizes and scholarships during "Classical Minds" Guitar Festival.
Raffle tickets will also be for sale for $5 to win great prizes like CDs, strings, gift cards, and music!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall (FREE)
Insights into Guitar Composition with Andy Mitchell
Composing is a difficult skill to teach because composers use a variety of processes, often guarding these practices from others. Guitar composer Andy Mitchell reveals his own insights and a practical approach to writing for the classical guitar. Discover useful tips and tricks to help guide you through the composition process, and consider new concepts that may help you develop your own methods.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6 p.m., Organ Recital Hall
Solo Student Recital 

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:30 a.m., Organ Recital Hall (FREE)
Classical Minds Staff and The Plano Trio

Friday, June 14, 2013, 3 p.m., MSM Room 185
Preparing Music, from Practice to Performance with Andy Mitchell ($5 per person to audit)
Music is meant to be heard, but the road to a successful performance is often uncertain. Guitarist Andy Mitchell draws on his years as a performer, teacher, and composer to share methods for effective guitar practicing and performance preparation. New memorization and practicing techniques will be demonstrated, and helpful advice will benefit performing guitarists seeking to develop more confidence on the stage. Participants should bring their guitar in order to participate.

Friday, June 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall
Kithara Duo and Julia Crowe
A shared recital featuring Texas-based husband-wife Kithara Duo with music written by Olga Amelkina-Vera, and Julia Crowe will electrify the evening with some of her own compositions for electric guitar.

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall
Gohar Vardanyan and Matt Palmer
A shared recital featuring virtuoso performances with Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan and American guitarist Matt Palmer.

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1 p.m., Dudley Recital Hall (FREE)
Small Ensembles & Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, June 16, 2013, 2 p.m., Organ Recital Hall (Tickets are $10 per person. FREE to finalists' family members)
Competition Finals (Junior Division & High School Division finalists)