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2021 Creative Fusion features three Cleveland Classical Guitar Society's artists-in-residence

Terrence Jacobs
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

This June, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (CCGS) is holding an annual concert, the 2020-2021 Creative Fusion, starting from June 8.

In the 2020-2021 concert season, the CCGS will bring you three artists-in-residence, Hermelindo Ruiz (Puerto Rico/New York), Anastasia Sonaranda (Mexico), and Thomas Flippin (Connecticut). These three guitar performers will bring you creative collaboration works with other Cleveland artists and students from CCGS.

Learn more about the three artists-in-residence:

  • Hermelindo Ruiz is a “refined composer, creative guitarist, and a person of great virtues”, as described by the UNESCO Puerto Rican Association. He has been awarded many awards in the past, and his recording of Puerto Rican dances of Juan F. Acosta was awarded the best album of 2014 in Puerto Rico.
  • Anastasia Sonaranda is a composer and singer. She received two grants from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, first as a Mexican Traditional Musician and second as a Young Creator. She already have four recorded albums and is currently finishing her fifth album, titled Guacamaya.
  • Thomas Flippin has a versatile and original voice in the contemporary music world. Not only does he focus on his work, but he also addresses the lack of female representation through his 2018 album Night Triptych. Women composers exclusively lead his most recent works. AllMusic and I Care if You Listen named his album as the Best Classical Music album of 2018.

For more information regarding the 2020-2021 Creative Fusion, visit You can also watch the performers’ past performances from the website or twice-a-week video projects from the three artists-in-residence starting June 8.

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