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Guitarists unite: A music festival will benefit Guitar New Mexico

UNM guitar professor Michael Chapdelaine is among the performers at Saturday’s Guitar New Mexico benefit show.

UNM guitar professor Michael Chapdelaine is among the performers at Saturday’s Guitar New Mexico benefit show.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — What was known as the Summer Guitar Workshop for many years is now Guitar New Mexico.

“We expanded our activities so we needed a new name,” said Paul Nielsen, president of the nonprofit Guitar New Mexico.

“Our main activities are presenting the festival and doing outreach programs, bringing artists to schools. An artist-in-residence program in public and private schools will start in about a year from now.”

Nielsen was referring to the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival.

And the organization is offering more concerts.

An upcoming concert to benefit Guitar New Mexico will be held Saturday, April 11, at the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall. It features an array of Albuquerque-area professionals, teachers and young performers. Each group or individual will be on stage for about 10 minutes.

The lineup includes Michael Chapdelaine, the guitar professor at UNM; local virtuoso guitarist Lynn McGrath; the Albuquerque Academy Guitar Quartet directed by Mickey Jones; Audra Vigil, a senior at Manzano High School who placed third at the Guitar Foundation of America competition; the Duke City Guitar Duo (recent UNM graduates Martin Ly and Miguel Jaramillo); and the Guitar Chamber Players, a 20-member area ensemble comprised of professionals, instructors and amateurs.

Some of this concert’s proceeds will provide scholarships for students wishing to attend this summer’s festival. It will be held June 18-21 at UNM.

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