St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Courtesy of Angel Romero

Even if you haven’t heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you’ve heard his influence.

“My guitar goes back so long,” he told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him ‘How did you start playing the guitar?’ He said ‘From picking at Angel Romero’s records.’ Jimi Hendrix and all that, they told me that every single night he would put on my recordings before going to bed. My music has crossed over to them as much as theirs has crossed over to me.”

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society wants to help the Ferguson healing process, one guitar at a time.

Through grants, the Ferguson Guitar Initiative is donating guitars and lessons to fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Normandy and Ferguson-Florissant school districts starting next week.

Douglas Niedt
David Coblitz

Guitar virtuoso Douglas Niedt never really thought about making a living by playing the guitar; it just happened.

“My dad learned the guitar when he was in the Merchant Marines down in Mexico, Peru, South American countries,” said Niedt, a St. Louis native. “When they went into ports, he would take lessons from whoever was playing the guitar down there.”

When his father returned home, he taught Niedt’s older sister how to play.

(Courtesy: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society)

Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre is not yet 30, but has already won first place honors in 12 of the world’s most prestigious competitions.  He has also performed in many of the greatest concert halls around the world, including New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, where he has performed twice. 

Provided by: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

Host Steve Potter talks with French guitarist Gaëlle Solal.  Solal also performs live in our studio including a web only extra performance of Agua Y Vino . She was born in Marseilles, France, in 1978, and began playing the guitar at the age of six.  Her St. Louis debut performance will include music from Spain, Turkey, Brazil and France.  Solal performs Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis as part of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society's series.