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The world's leading classical guitarists will gather at the University of Louisville's School of Music June 25-30 for the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition.
The six-day festival, the largest of its kind in North America, will feature concerts, master classes on technique and artistic development, lectures and an international competition.
The winner of the top prize will receive $7,500, recording contracts and a 50-city concert tour at venues in the U.S., United Kingdom, Brazil and China.
The event is expected to attract as many as 700 with about 30 percent of attendees coming from outside the U.S.
Dr. Stephen Mattingly, U of L Assistant Professor of Guitar, worked with the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau to compete with Vancouver, Canada, and St. Louis, Mo., to be selected for the convention, which is in its 40th year.
The bureau estimates that the event will have a $1.5 million economic impact for the city.
Concerts will be held in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music, unless otherwise noted.
Featured performers include:
· Zoran Dukic, Croatia, 8 p.m., June 25
· Rovshan Mamedkulief, Russia, 4 p.m. and Marcin Dylla, Poland, 8 p.m., June 26
· Les Freres Meduses, Norway, 4 p.m., and Aniello Desiderio, Italy, 8 p.m., June 27