2016/2017 International Series

The International Series is our premier concert series featuring the greatest artists from around the globe! Events are held at Plymouth Church UCC, 2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Heights, OH, unless otherwise noted. Concerts are on Saturdays at 7:30PM, except for the Assads which is on a Sunday at 3:00PM.

… the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history… no amount of anticipation could have prepared me for the Brazilian brothers’ daringly flexible, eerily unanimous ensemble playing.The Washington Post
April 30, 2017
at 3:00 pm
Brazilian brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the standard for guitar duos in precision and artistry in their more than 50 years performing together.

Past Concerts

…a brilliantly programmed evening of music…ClevelandClassical.com
September 24, 2016
at 7:30 pm
The annual Showcase Concert kicks off the season with the finest local musicians. This year’s world-class artists include: Duo Allant, Adam Larison, and the innovative Gruca White Ensemble.
[A]mong the most gifted guitarists on the planet...achingly poetic.Washington Post
October 15, 2016
at 7:30 pm
CCGS welcomes virtuoso powerhouse Marcin Dylla back to Cleveland on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Winner of 19 first place prizes, including the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America competition, this Polish sensation has earned his place among the world’s elite classical guitarists.
Unusual combination of a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona..The New York Times
November 12, 2016
at 7:30 pm
Jorge Caballero, a native of Lima, Peru, is the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most coveted awards given to performers of any instrument.
Four Stars!Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
February 17, 2017
at 8:00 pm
In honor of William Kanengiser's concert, CCGS and John Carroll University present a free showing of the 1986 movie Crossroads on February 17. Kanengiser served as a guitar coach for this film, and makes an appearance as Ralph Macchio’s guitar double. William Kanengiser will be in attendance for this event!
There hasn’t been an event with this much “just right” since Goldilocks broke into the Three Bears’ house.Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
February 18, 2017
at 7:30 pm
William Kanengiser is a two-time Grammy winning guitarist and member of the renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He appeared as Ralph Macchio’s guitar double in the 1986 movie Crossroads.
..who is Ms. Yang? A Chinese classical guitarist, and, really, one of the most extraordinary instrumentalists in the world.New York Sun
March 25, 2017
at 7:30 pm
A musical pioneer, she became the first Chinese guitarist to launch an international career. Yang has performed in over 50 countries in the most prestigious concert halls, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.