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Christopher McGuire

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Christopher McGuire commands the many expressive qualities of the guitar with what one critic called “unselfconscious intensity.” His engaging performance style invites people of all ages to feel as if they are taking part, not just taking a seat. Andrés Segovia wrote that he is “…an artist, sensitive, with perfect technique…he will be appreciated and applauded everywhere.” McGuire’s direct influences include private lessons with Maestro Segovia and jam sessions with Stevie Ray Vaughn. Christopher has also shared a stage with legendary pianist Van Cliburn. McGuire has performed more than 1500 solo concerts in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Germany, Spain, and the Canary Islands. He has played for past presidents of the United States and Mexico, and for members of the Spanish Royal Family. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Allegro Guitar Society, serving North Central Texas since 1995. A great lover of chamber music, he has been a guest artist with many orchestras and ensembles and also performs his own compositions and arrangements with his eclectic chamber group D’Accord and the Allegro Jazz Ensemble. Christopher has collaborated with many great musicians including Charlie Byrd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Roland Dyens, Carlos Bonell, Karin Schaup, José Feghli, and Swang Lin. McGuire previously taught at the collegiate level for 25 years, serving on the faculties of the University of Dallas and North Lake College. He now devotes most of his time to performing, teaching, overseeing the Allegro Guitar Society as Artistic Director, and spending time with his family.