THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

3:30 PM • Competitor Registration/Information Desk Opens + Guitar Raffle Ticket Sales Begin

5 PM • Competitor Welcome Reception • PRIVATE EVENT
This event is open to 2019 competitors and judges, as well as their family and friends. Advance registration is necessary; competitors and judges may contact jgrokowsky@wilson-center.com to RSVP by Friday, August 9.

6 PM • Fingerstyle performance featuring Shane Hennessy • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/WAIT LIST*
Shane Hennessy is a virtuoso guitarist and composer from Ireland whose unique approach to the acoustic guitar has amazed audiences all over the world. His playing style and compositions have caught the attention of big names like guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, with whom he has shared the stage, and super-producer Nile Rodgers. He also works as a songwriter and is an in-demand session musician. (*This performance is currently full; we are taking a wait list in the event of cancellations.)

7:30 PM • Classical performance featuring Rene Izquierdo • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/WAIT LIST*
Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba, and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery, and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley, and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him. This event is made possible by Classical Show Sponsors JoAnne & Don Krause. (*This performance is currently full; we are taking a wait list in the event of cancellations.)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

7:30 AM • Acoustic Yoga • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Experience the benefits of bringing yoga, music, and nature together with an acoustic yoga class led by Peaceful Plum Yoga and Meditation. This one-hour class will feature classical guitar performed by 2018 Festival semi-finalist Emma Bo Peng. Suitable for all levels of students, with modifications for injuries or beginners, this class will be held in our beautiful outdoor Burke Colonnade and is designed to encourage a deep and resilient strength while bringing your body, mind, and spirit into healthy balance. Please bring your own mat and towel. This class is free and open to the public; space will be limited to the first 15 students and advance registration is recommended!

8 AM • Competitor Registration/Information Desk Opens

9 AM • Vendor Hall + Ploch Art Gallery Opens • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Check out our 2019 Festival vendors in our Kuttemperoor Grand Hall, and then head upstairs to our Ploch Art Gallery to see artist-designed guitars on display from Guitars for Vets. 

9 AM • Competitor Wall of Fame Opens • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Head to our Lynn Chappy Arts Education Wing to check out our 2019 Competitor Wall of Fame.

9 AM • Semi-Final Competition Rounds: Fingerstyle and Jazz • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 fingerstyle and jazz semi-finalists compete for their chance to move on to the final rounds on Saturday! Jazz competitions will take place in The Harris Theater while fingerstyle competitions will take place in the Dawes Studio Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Fingerstyle and jazz semi-final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 11am, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

10 AM • Caring for Your Hearing as a Musician • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Join Dr. Stacy Ryan of the UW-Milwaukee audiology department for an informative lecture on the importance of caring for your hearing as a musician. This event is sponsored by the Les Paul Foundation. This lecture is free and open to the public; space is limited and advance registration is recommended!

11:45 AM • Festival Beer Garden: Open Mic and Performances • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us for our 2019 Festival Beer Garden, featuring delicious brews from Brookfield's own Biloba Brewing Company and performances by Guitars For Vets artists! Performances are free and open to the public; registration is not required.

12:15 PM • Advancing your Music Career Panel Discussion • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Join internationally renowned guitarist Troy Stetina, founder of CandyRat Records Rob Poland, and Backline MKE Program Director Mag Rodriguez in a panel discussion moderated by esteemed programming consultant Lynn Lucius. This panel discussion is free and open to the public; space is limited and advance registration is recommended!

1:30 PM • Semi-Final Competition Rounds: Classical and Rock • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 classical and rock semi-finalists compete for their chance to move on to the final rounds on Saturday! Rock competitions will take place in The Harris Theater while classical competitions will take place in the Dawes Studio Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Classical and rock semi-final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 3:30pm, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

3 PM • Jazz Masterclass (with John Scofield) • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Be part of an intimate masterclass experience with jazz legend and this year's Festival headliner John Scofield! A true musical chameleon, John Scofield’s raw and rugged style remains recognizable, whether he plays acoustic jazz, electric funk, or gospel. In the early 1980s, he played with Miles Davis before launching a successful solo career. "Sco" will headline the seventh annual Wilson Center Guitar Festival with old friends and longtime musical mates Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart to explore a repertoire of jazz standards and savvy original compositions that has kept jazz vigorous and visceral since its birth. This 90-minute class will feature a Q&A session, as well as demonstrations from “Sco” himself. This masterclass is free and open to the public; space is limited and advance registration is recommended!

4 PM • Semi-Final Competition Rounds: Blues • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 blues semi-finalists compete for their chance to move on to the final rounds on Saturday! Blues competitions will take place in The Harris Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Blues semi-final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 5:30pm, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

5:30 PM • Food Vendors Open for Dinner • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR ON-SITE PURCHASE
Head out to our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater where food vendors will be set up and ready to treat our Starry Night audiences with delicious crispy chicken, empanadas, cubano sandwiches, gyros, and more. Food vendors will include include Marco Pollo MKE, Little Havana Express, Greek Street, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kona Ice Lake Country, and Pops Kettle Korn. All vendors subject to change.

6:15 PM • Announcement of Finalists + Starry Nights Outdoor Concert featuring The Troy Stetina Project • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us for a free night of music under the stars in our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater as we announce which of our 61 semi-finalists will be advancing to the final competition rounds taking place at the Center on Saturday! Immediately following the announcement, our final Starry Nights concert for the summer will feature the guitar-driven, genre-busting synthesis of the Troy Stetina Project. All Starry Nights concerts are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Audiences are welcome to pack their picnic baskets and lawn chairs. Food and beverage vendors will also be available onsite for each concert. Click here to learn more!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019

7:30 AM • Acoustic Yoga • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Experience the benefits of bringing yoga, music, and nature together with an acoustic yoga class led by Peaceful Plum Yoga and Meditation. This one-hour class will feature classical guitar performed by 2018 Festival semi-finalist Emma Bo Peng. Suitable for all levels of students, with modifications for injuries or beginners, this class will be held in our beautiful outdoor Burke Colonnade and is designed to encourage a deep and resilient strength while bringing your body, mind, and spirit into healthy balance. Please bring your own mat and towel. This class is free and open to the public; space will be limited to the first 15 students and advance registration is recommended!

8 AM • Competitor Registration/Information Desk Opens

9 AM • Vendor Hall + Ploch Art Gallery Opens • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Check out our 2019 Festival vendors in our Kuttemperoor Grand Hall, and then head upstairs to our Ploch Art Gallery to see artist-designed guitars on display from Guitars for Vets. 

9 AM • Competitor Wall of Fame Opens • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Head to our Lynn Chappy Arts Education Wing to check out our 2019 Competitor Wall of Fame.

9 AM • Final Competition Rounds: Classical and Jazz • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 classical and jazz finalists compete for their share of $40,000 in cash prizes and a performance slot at this summer’s Milwaukee Irish Fest! Jazz competitions will take place in The Harris Theater while classical competitions will take place in the Dawes Studio Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Classical and jazz final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 10:30am, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

10 AM • Free Family Art Workshop: Make Your Own Guitar • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/WAIT LIST*
Encourage a love of music in your child with this hands-on, creative experience that is fun for the whole family! Designed for all ages and artistic abilities, this free art workshop will be led by Wilson Center teaching artist Tiffany Knopow. (*This workshop is currently full; we are taking a wait list and will contact families in the event of cancellations.)

11 AM • Final Competition Rounds: Blues and Fingerstyle • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 blues and fingerstyle finalists compete for their share of $40,000 in cash prizes and a performance slot at this summer’s Milwaukee Irish Fest! Blues competitions will take place in The Harris Theater while fingerstyle competitions will take place in the Dawes Studio Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Blues and fingerstyle final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 12:30pm, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

11:45 AM • Open Mic and Performances by Guitars for Vets • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us for our 2019 Festival Beer Garden, featuring delicious brews from Brookfield's own Biloba Brewing Company and performances by Guitars For Vets artists! Performances are free and open to the public; registration is not required.

NOON • Food Trucks Arrive for Lunch • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR ON-SITE PURCHASE
Enjoy gourmet stuffed tater tater tots and hand-crafted milk shakes from Tots on the Street, as well as delicious treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes! Additional food vendors may be added; vendors subject to change.

1 PM • Final Competition Rounds: Rock • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Join us to hear our 2019 rock finalists compete for their share of $40,000 in cash prizes and a performance slot at this summer’s Milwaukee Irish Fest! Rock competitions will take place in The Harris Theater. Please note: all competition rounds are free and open to the public; registration is not required. Rock final rounds are anticipated to be finished by 2:30pm, although end times may vary. If you wish to see a specific competitor, we encourage arriving when the competition rounds begin.

1 PM • Blues Masterclass (with Bill Stone) • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/WAIT LIST
Join acclaimed blues guitarist Bill Stone for an hour-long guitar masterclass covering melodic phrasing and rhythms, motivic imitation, and harmonic variations, with opportunities for Q&A at the end of the class. A longtime fixture on the Milwaukee music scene, Bill has played with many of the area's top performers as well as national artists including Hubert Sumlin, the Drifters, and the Platters, among others. As a guitar educator, Bill has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Camp, and the Milwaukee Public School system. PLEASE NOTE: This masterclass is currently full. You are welcome to still select these classes, and we will place you on a wait list in the event of cancellations.

2:30 PM • Classical Masterclass (with Elina Chekan) • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Elina Chekan began studying guitar at the age of 13 with Valeriy Gromov. She graduated from Minsk Music College in 1994, and the Belarus Academy of Music in 1999 under Eugene Gridiushko with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance, Orchestral Conducting, and Guitar Pedagogy. In 2000, Elina entered Yale University where she received the Louis and Anne Rosoff award and graduated with a degree in Classical Guitar Performance with professor Ben Verdery. Elina is currently teaching classical guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also directs the Suzuki and Pre-College Guitar Program. This masterclass is free and open to the public; space is limited and advance registration is recommended!

3 PM • Rock Masterclass (with Troy Stetina) • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/REGISTER
Learn how to become a better player from the man who “wrote the book” on shredding. Troy Stetina is an internationally renowned guitarist, leading authority in guitar instruction, and clinician. He has authored more than 40 rock and metal guitar methods for Hal Leonard Corp., which have been translated into numerous languages and have sold more than one million copies worldwide. In this hour-long masterclass, Troy will lead and demonstrate technical and musical examples from his published works on shredding electric guitar. This masterclass is free and open to the public; space is limited and advance registration is recommended!

4 PM • Fingerstyle Masterclass (with Eric Lugosch) • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/WAIT LIST
At age 25, Eric Lugosch was the youngest winner at the National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Soon after, Eric released his first recording, Strike, which is an original suite for guitar, flute and bass. In 1988, Eric moved from Philadelphia and started teaching fingerstyle guitar at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where he remained for 25 years. Eric is also a talented songwriter, and his recording Making Models was released by Waterdog Records in Chicago. Eric’s next three recordings were released by the Acoustic Music Records: Kind Heroes, New Tradition, and Black Key Blues, the latter of which is considered by many as one of the finest solo fingerstyle guitar albums ever produced. Eric continues to record and tour and also has been a contributing writer for Fingerstyle Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Journal. PLEASE NOTE: This masterclass is currently full. You are welcome to still select these classes, and we will place you on a wait list in the event of cancellations.

7 PM • Guitar Raffle Winners Announced • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/LEARN MORE

7:30 PM • Announcement of Winners + John Scofield Trio featuring Steve Swallow & Bill Stewart • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/BUY TICKETS
Join us in our beautiful Harris Theater as we announce which the first, second, and third-place winners in each of the five competition genres! Immediately following the announcement, we will welcome our 2019 Festival headliner to the stage with his great friends Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart, a “telepathically tight trio” that can be called legendary! Friends and family of the competitors may be allowed into the theater for the winners’ announcement; tickets will be required for the John Scofield Trio concert.