The 14th annual Guitar Symposium begins Saturday

For the 14th year, the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium will attract young guitarists from all over the world. This year, director Andrew Zohn says there will be five guitarists from China, a couple of Candians and a few from European countries. In past years, he's had as many as 20 European guitarists.

The symposium begins Saturday with registration in the Schwob School of Music, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway.

Competitions begin at 10 a.m. for Division I (for collegiate and graduate level students) in Legacy Hall; Division II (for high school students) and Division III (for students in grades eight and under) in the Studio Theatre.

Semifinals begin at 10 a.m. Sunday in Legacy Hall for Division I.

The competition finals for Division I, II and III begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, in Legacy Hall.

Admission to the competitions is free.

Master classes are held throughout the day with guitarists like Jeffrey McFadden, Elliot Frank, Jose Antonio Escobar and Isaac Bustos for symposium participants.

At night, there will be concerts featuring many of the guitarists who are conducting master classes or serving as judges.

On Saturday night, at 8 p.m. in Legacy Hall, Bustos, and the new duo of Zohn and Robert Sharpe, will perform.

On Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall, Frank and Escobar will perform.

The Saturday and Sunday concerts will cost $20 each.

For tickets, call RiverCenter's box office at 706-256-3612.