The University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival has only been around for four years, but in that time it has become recognized as a singular music event by critics around the world.

Festival Director Adam Levin is a classical guitarist and Professor of Guitar at URI. Under his direction the festival had established itself as a showcase for virtuoso guitarists and other stringed instrumentalists coming from many countries to Rhode Island, gathering annually in venues in and around URI. COVID 19, though, derailed plans for the 5th annual festival this past April.

It's been reimagined now as a virtual festival for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th-27th. And, as Levin tells The Public's Radio's Chuck Hinman, taking the festival from in-person to online has resulted in a bonus for attendees - it's free.