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One of the year’s most anticipated musical celebrations, Guitar Under the Stars, returns to Hartford! Founder and acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar is proud to announce that GUS 2019 will be held at historic Bushnell Park in the Capitol City for the first time in its long history.

Guitar Under The Stars is a large-scale outdoor concert that has become an annual end-of-summer tradition that draws thousands of music lovers. The exciting program combines Salazar’s bold and original compositions with brilliant orchestral arrangements, all performed by his ensemble of international musicians and featuring players from Connecticut’s own Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., with pre-festival activities beginning at 4 p.m.

Salazar founded Guitar Under the Stars in 1993 with a group of eager young musicians, performing on a portable trailer called the “Showmobile Stage” at the Hartford Riverfront for a small but enthusiastic audience. Salazar’s goal was to share his love for the guitar and the beautiful music it creates. After a three year hiatus and a move to West Hartford for the last two years, the popular event now comes back to its home city.

Guitar Under the Stars is an ever-growing outdoor concert that draws audiences of thousands to hear Salazar’s original music and brilliant orchestral arrangements.

This September Salazar will premiere new compositions and perform selections from his popular original repertoire that fuses Spanish guitar with Latin and World rhythms. Guitar Under the Stars will include a remarkable array of artists: the Daniel Salazar Ensemble, Flamenco singer Juan Pedro Jimenez and dancer Yohanna Escamilla from Spain; singer Jose Paulo from Brazil, and top players from Connecticut’s own Hartford Symphony Orchestra. The program promises to be a sensational, multicultural celebration of Spanish and Latin melodies and rhythms.

ADMISSION IS FREE, no ticket required.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. No coolers or outside food may be brought into the event, but food and beverages will be available for sale. Location is the Bushnell Park Pavilion Stage, Hartford. Festival Activities begin at 5pm and the main program starts at 7:30pm.

NEW! Reserved front of stage seating! Support this free community event, reserve a great close up view of the stage PLUS receive a free glass of Sangria, all for a $25 donation.


Guitar Under The Stars Schedule:

Face painting for all ages by Paloma Face painting 5-7pm

5pm Argentine Tango social dancing presented by The Garage Dance Studio

6pm Salsa and Latin dancing with DJ Willie Rios

7:30pm THE DANIEL SALAZAR ENSEMBLE with special guests: -Spanish Flamenco singer/guitarist Juan Pedro Jimenez, Flamenco Dancer Yohanna Escamilla, Brazilian singer Jose Paulo, Members of The Hartford Symphony Orchestra with conductor Emmett Drake

-Immediately following the concert-Post Concert party at the park! The music and dancing continues with DJ Willie Rios!

Made possible by the generous support from The Connecticut Blues Society,

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The Greater Hartford Arts Council,

The Evelyn Preston Memorial Trust Fund and The Musicians Performance Trust Fund


Guitar Under The Stars

A Spectacular Evening of Spanish,
Latin American and International Music

Daniel Salazar and his ensemble
with symphony orchestra

Available for select outdoor venues and summer festivals



In his relentless quest to redefine his instrument’s boundaries and reach new audiences, Daniel Salazar has re-imagined the traditional classical concert experience, creating Guitar Under The Stars with the goal of sharing his musical vision with large audiences.

Founded in 1993, Guitar Under the Stars is a large-scale outdoor concert production that has been described as “A spectacular evening of Spanish, Classical and International music for guitar and orchestra”. The program features Daniel Salazar performing his original music and brilliant symphonic arrangements with his ensemble of international musicians and symphony orchestra.

Guitar Under The Stars incorporates imaginative and bold programming such as an exciting reworking of Asturias by Albeniz, a rendition of the beautiful Adagio from Concierto De Aranjuez by Rodrigo, music by the Italian film composer Morriccone and Danza Ritual Del Fuego (Ritual Fire Dance) by Falla featuring Flamenco dancers.  The exhilarating repertoire brings together these Spanish flamenco–inspired melodies and invigorating Latin rhythms with selections from Salazar's highly acclaimed repertoire of original compositions. Highlighting the beautifully expressive sound of the Spanish classical guitar, the music also incorporates an eclectic blend of orchestral instruments with traditional South American instruments such as zampoña, quena, charango and a full array of Latin percussion.

Guitar Under The Stars has been presented annually in Hartford, Connecticut at the picturesque Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, drawing an audience of thousand of concertgoers who come to enjoy the beautiful sound of Daniel Salazar’s music under the evening sky.