Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (CCGS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cleveland, OH. The organization was established in 2002 as an outlet for amateur classical guitarists to share their passion for the classical guitar. Today, CCGS still serves amateur guitarists, in addition to so much more! CCGS serves the Northeastern Ohio community through top-quality programming, which includes a professional concert series, education program, and performance opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels.
“Teach, Inspire, Connect”
TEACH: CCGS creates life-changing experiences for Cleveland’s kids.
INSPIRE: CCGS presents the world’s greatest performers.
CONNECT: CCGS provides meaningful collaborations between people.
The International Series is CCGS’s main concert series, which has presented the World’s finest classical guitarists in concert since 2009. The goal of this series is to bring artists of diverse cultures and backgrounds to the Cleveland area. Past and future artists represent countries including Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Peru, Chile, China, Croatia, Poland, Russia, USA, and many more.
International Series concerts are held at Plymouth Church UCC, 2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. This venue greatly complements the acoustic characteristics of the classical guitar while offering a well matched aesthetic.
The annual Showcase Concert is presented at the Maltz Performing Arts Center (1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland OH 44106).
International Series tickets can be purchased online here, or by phone at 216-905-9348. Single tickets and Season Tickets are available in four types: General, Senior (62+), Student, and Gold Circle.
General Admission – the regular ticket rate for those that don’t qualify for a ticket discount.
Senior – a discounted ticket rate that applies to patrons 62+ years of age.
Student – a discounted ticket rate that applies currently enrolled students. School ID may be requested (e.g., High School or College ID).
Gold Circle – the ticket holder has a seat reserved for them in the first few rows of the venue, open to Gold Circle patrons only.
It is likely that even the newest concert goer will recognize music that is being performed. Concert programs can be viewed in advance of each concert via the International Series page. Programs are generally posted at least a month in advance of the concert date.
It is recommended that CCGS patrons dress according to a semiformal/business casual dress code. Please note that this dress code is not enforced, but is recommended.
Generally, it is helpful to use one’s best judgment when attending a CCGS event in order to politely participate. It is important that any electronic devices that could possibly cause a disturbance during an event is shut off (e.g., cell phones, tablets). Additionally, it is important to avoid distracting noises such as candy wrappers. Coughing and other unavoidable noise is best reserved for the time in between pieces or during intermission (if possible). Food and beverages should never be brought into the concert hall.
At any classical music concert there are proper times to applaud. Clapping is welcome after every piece performed in a concert. If a piece is made up of multiple movements (small pieces within the larger work), please hold the applause until the end of the entire piece. To identify if a piece consists of movements, look at how it is listed in the program: if a piece has Roman numerals listed below it in the program, then clapping should not take place until after the final movement, or Roman numeral.
The audience at a CCGS event is always quite diverse, including patrons of a great range of ages, backgrounds, and musical experience. First-time concert goers are always welcome, so please let us know if we can help you in any way! Children are welcome to attend CCGS events but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Join the mailing list and visit the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Facebook page in order to stay up to date on all CCGS concerts and events!
Simply visit cleguitar.org and click “Contact Us” on the site’s Home page, then fill out the form below “Join our mailing list.”
Donate to CCGS by clicking the blue “Donate” button available from the CCGS Home page. The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.
EMAIL – email@example.com
PHONE – 216-905-9348
WEBSITE – click on “Contact Us” from the CCGS Home page, then complete the form titled “Contact Us.”