Fundraiser for MGI’s education and outreach programs with Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Celebrate with us!


Carlos Barbosa-Lima’s 50th Anniversary of his Washington DC debut.

In honor of this golden occasion, Carlos will perform a house-concert and fundraiser for MGI‘s education outreach programs. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the music of Brazil, in the hands of this exquisite musician up close. At the same time, you will be supporting guitar in the schools.

One Note Samba
Arranged and performed by Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

Sunday June 3, 2018

Event begins at 3pm
Brazilian hors d’oeuvres, wine and a silent auction.

$150 per person, of which $100 is tax deductible


Address: 3461 Macomb St NW
Washington DC 20016

Seating is limited to 60 guests.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Jonathan Palevsky

— Jonathan Palevsky will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before the Pepe Romero performance, April 21st, 2018 at 8pm. Tickets:

Jonathan Palevsky has been with WBJC since 1986 and has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. He is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. On WBJC he is the host of the WBJC Opera preview, the music review program Face the Music, Music in Maryland, and is co-host of Word on Wine.

His current off air obsessions include skiing, playing guitar and being the host of Cinema Sundays at the Charles Theatre. In May, Jonathan and WBJC on-air personality and Operations Manager Kati Harrison celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Rhythm Future Quartet, USA

For the fifth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College, Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD to hear the Rhythm Future Quartet perform.

Performance: March 24, 2018, 8pm.

“These young men are incredible!!! Don’t miss them… such dedication and love of music to witness!”

-Tommy Emmanuel

“Rhythm Future Quartet breaks new ground for Gypsy jazz.”
The Boston Globe

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups worldwide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 21 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

Come by for a delightful program of gypsy jazz music, March 24, 2018, 8pm.
Program will be announced from the stage – buy tickets here:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Seth Kibel
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more.

Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic, Croatia

For the third performance of the 2017-2018 Season:


We invite you to hear classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic (Croatia), perform at the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD. (1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816)

Performance: January 20, 2018, 8pm.

Ana Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Toronto and San Francisco. Recently she has given tours in Korea, Japan, Colombia and Mauritius.

Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.

In addition to her many CDs, Ana’s performance DVDs, “Guitar Artistry in Concert,” featuring the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Barrios, and “Guitar Virtuoso,” featuring Bach, Paganini and Walton, have been released on Mel Bay Publications.

– from our Program.

Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Matt Dunlap

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Dr. Dunlap has been on the faculty of Andrew College, Florida State University, Troy State University, Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School, and Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia.

See you there!

The first Marlow Serenade…

Introducing the Marlow Serenade series, a set of delightful house concerts featuring still yet more classical guitars.

 What is this? Tell me more!

We will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here:

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

And now for some pictures from our first Marlow Serenade, featuring Chris Moy, provided by Amy Crews Cutts (host, member of the Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Beatty Music Competition).

Amy’s words, as posted on Facebook:

“The first Marlow Serenade performance was beautiful and fun and 🎶! So wonderful to see Chris Moy again. He won the 2007 Senior division and came back in 2008 to win the Beatty Competition Grand Prize. He is now a professional as well as a graduate student furthering his studies in Basel, Switzerland. Thank you to all who attended this event and those that have supported Marlow Guitar International (International Conservatory of Music) and the Beatty Competition!”


Marlow Membership?

Greetings, friends.

You may have already heard about the new Membership option that we have begun. You may ALREADY be a Member!

There are three different membership levels, starting at just $50 per year, and all of them give you the ability to buy Marlow Series tickets before they go on sale to the general public. (This is applicable only for the start of the year, often July of each year).  There are other benefits as well, including early notice of house concerts, the Marlow Serenades, and the chance to get free tickets to introduce friends to the Marlow Series.  Membership fees are tax-deductible, and they help support not only the Marlow Series but also our education and outreach programs.  See details below OR you can find out more information at this link:

If you want to join our Mailing list, please sign up here:


Our purpose at Marlow Guitar International is to bring people together, enrich their lives and inspire their hearts to serve with us. We have helped hundreds of young people who have participated in our outreach and education programs, and our goal is to make a bigger impact in our community, helping more people.

Help us continue changing lives with music: Become a Member!
Select from four membership levels:

  • Gold Membership – $500
  • Silver Membership – $250
  • Bronze Membership – $50
  • Student Membership (college and conservatory students) – $25

All memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To thank you for your support, we offer Members the following benefits:
 * Reserve your Marlow Guitar Series seats before tickets go on sale to the public

  • Gold members can purchase tickets starting July 10, 2017
  • Silver members can purchase tickets starting July 20, 2017
  • Bronze and Student members can purchase tickets starting July 30, 2017
  • Tickets go on sale to the public August 10, 2017

 * Bring friends to Marlow Guitar Series concerts
This season, we are offering free bring-a-friend tickets to the following concerts:

    • Richard Miller with Deborah Watts and Joao Figueiroa (October 21, 2017)
    • Meng Su (November 18, 2017)
    • Lukasz Kuropaczewski (February 24, 2018)
    • Rhythm Future Quartet (March 24, 2018)
    •   – Gold members receive a total of four bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Silver members receive a total of two bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Bronze members get the chance to win two bring-a-friend tickets;
      – Student members get the chance to win one bring-a-friend ticket.

 * Attend house concerts and other special events   – Gold and Silver members get two free tickets to a house concert   – All members can reserve spaces at house concerts and other special events before they are offered to the public

Photos: ICM’s Board of Director’s Retreat

The International Conservatory of Music (ICM)’s Board of Director invited Dr. Matthew Hinsley from the Austin Classical Guitar Society to speak.



Thank you, Matthew, so very much. Thank you to Duane Morse for organizing retreat and thank you to Charlotte Kuenen and David Kirstein for hosting. Thank you to the Board Members for coming and for your whole-hearted and enthusiastic participation.

Looking forward to our next steps.