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Classical Guitar Symposium in Higganum June 20th


Symposium 2024, photo by Kevin Conroy

Submitted by Joe Zipoli

(April 21, 2024) — Candlewood Farm Arts Foundation (CFAF) announces the return of Solstice Symposium to
Higganum from June 20, 2024 through June 24, 2024.

Through lessons, master classes, presentations and concerts, world-class musicians bring classical guitar to life at the historic Captain John Smith property at 95 Jacoby Road in Higganum.

Grammy-award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux returns to Solstice Symposium, as does Cuban maestro René Izquierdo and celebrated performer and teacher Dr. Andrew Zohn.

René Izquierdo – Credit Rachel Nicole Photography


Dr. Zohn at work. Photo provided by CFAF.


Also joining Solstice Symposium 2024 this June are critically acclaimed artists Julia Trintschuk, Dr. Peter Clemente, Andrew Wilder, and Erdong Li.

On June 20th, a special presentation and performance of Music of the Andes will be given by the Alturas Duo (Scott Hill, guitar, and Carlos Boltes, charango). On June 21st, noted Connecticut historian James T. Powers will speak about Native American life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley—the very place where Solstice Symposium is centered.

At 4:00 p.m. on June 23rd, virtuoso guitarist René Izquierdo will play a concert at the United Congregational Church of Haddam and Higganum (UCCHH) located at 23 Parsonage Road in Higganum. All other concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. on the Captain John Smith property. Doors open 30 minutes before concerts begin. Concerts and presentations are free and open to the public.

Dates and times for each concert are listed on the CFAF website. With the exception of Sunday’s concert at the UCCHH, reservations are strongly encouraged by emailing

Registration information for Solstice Symposium 2024, which includes lessons, master classes, and meals, can be found by visiting or by calling Joe Zipoli at 347-415-5900. CFAF welcomes guitar enthusiasts of all skill levels to register.

Candlewood Farm Arts Foundation is a local not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 with a mission to support chamber music and the preservation of historic domestic architecture, especially barns. Environmental conservation has also been at the center of CFAF’s activity.

The Barn, credit CFAF
James T. Powers Barn Lecture, credit CFAF.




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