For many, summer means traveling. We travel to see knew things, to learn about the world and learn about ourselves through new experiences. One of my favorite forms of travel is through the music and through the instrument loved the world over: the guitar.

ACG’s summer series is an absolutely thrilling itinerary of chamber music with artists from Cuba, Italy, Bosnia, Spain, Slovenia, and Canada. All three concerts have the guitar paired with another instrument- mandolin, flute and violin, respectively.

The artists this summer are nothing short of astonishing – the best in their fields at the height of their game – and it all starts this Saturday with Rene Izquierdo and Carlo Aonzo.

Details are online here.

These two are outstanding and to hear the rarely encountered combination of virtuoso mandolin and guitar is a rare and special treat.

I, for one, cannot wait!

Check out Rene presenting a dazzling encore and charming the pants off even the tired orchestra musicians!

Dr. Joesph V. Williams II is Austin Classical Guitar’s Composer in Residence. Major residency works have been Memoria for two guitars premiered by Les Freres Meduses in november of 2013 and The Hinsleyian Overture for guitar Orchestra premiered by Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra in March 2014. Williams is currently completing a new work to be premiered by The Cavatina Duo on July 12th for flute and guitar based on music of the Spehardic tradition.