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Fest makes 'Art on Six Strings'

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

In June, Austin became the live classical guitar capital of the world when the Austin Classical Guitar Society played host to the annual Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition.

And Matt Hinsley, executive director of Austin Classical Guitar, smartly and artfully turned what is usually an industry-specific event into a community-friendly, audience-oriented weeklong festival complete with family-friendly concerts and a concert featuring 200-plus young guitar students.

The weeklong festival, dubbed ‘Austin Goes Classical,' involved other groups including Austin Symphony, the Miro String Quartet and Austin Chamber Music Center as well as top-flight names in the classical guitar world including Pepe Romero.

Through it all, contestants from 25 countries competed to be in the finals of the world's most prestigious international classical guitar competition.

Austin PBS station KLRU was there to capture it all, and a one-hour documentary, ‘Art on Six Strings,' produced as part of KLRU's InContext arts series, airs at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 30.