IARGUS Russian Guitar Festival turns 10

Russian Guitar Festival

Various venues (see article) — starts Thursday, May 5

IARGUS Russian Guitar Festival
Vadim Kolpakov will be performing again at this year’s IARGUS events.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar (IARGUS) will once again bring some of the world’s foremost performers to Iowa City and the surrounding area for a series of concerts. Events will kick off on Thursday, May 5 with a concert at the University of Iowa Hillel House. This opening event, titled “Jewish Music of All Kinds,” features renowned klezmorim Kurt and Annette Bjoring, along with Dan Caraway, George Arutunyan, Vadim Kolpakov, Oleg Timofeyev and Natalia Timofeyeva. The concert is at 7 p.m.; tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults.

On Friday, the festival moves to the Congregational Church (30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City) for “Two Centuries of the Russian Guitar.” This event features the talents of Igor Golger and Hiroko Hajimoto, as well as Maxim Lysov, Vadim Kolpakov, Oleg Timofeyev, John Schneiderman and Stefan Wester. The 7 p.m. concert is priced the same as Thursday’s event.

On Saturday, May 7, IARGUS visits both Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. The 2 p.m. Gala Matinee will be held at Dubuque’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (1699 Iowa St.); tickets are once again $10 for students, $12 for adults. CSPS Legion Arts hosts that evening’s Gala Concert. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10–12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The Grand Concluding Gala Concert brings the festival back to Iowa City, to The Englert Theater. The final event of IARGUS’ 10th year falls on Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students/seniors, $20 for adults. All three gala concerts feature the full festival lineup of Kurt and Annette Bjorling, Igor Golger and Hiroko Hajimoto, Dan Caraway, Maxim Lysov, George Arutunyan, Vadim Kolpakov, John Schneiderman, Oleg Timofeyev, Natalia Timofeyeva and Stefan Wester. The festival’s artists hail from Russia, Sweden, Germany and Japan, as well as across the United States.


  1. The concert at the Congressional Church was outstanding. We all enjoyed it immensely.
    Can you tell me where to learn more about the guitars which were used.
    One of us will be going to Russia this June.

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