Aggie Nation is gearing up for the next Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition, the university’s third biannual event celebrating classical guitar from around the world.

From October 24 to 26, guitarists will descend on College Station, Texas, to compete for prizes of up to $2,000 in competitions for professionals, as well as two youth divisions.

This year’s event salutes “Hispanic Heritage” and will feature programs and performances with artists from Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Among the highlights, Grammy Award-winning Brazilian guitarist Odair Assad will perform, an appearance symposium artistic director Isaac Bustos calls a “distinct pleasure.”

As in previous years, the three-day guitar whirlwind will include various public recitals, and student performances (that’s the Texas A&M Classical Guitar Ensemble, pictured) plus classes and lectures led by university faculty. Artists slated to take part in the festival include Jose Antonio Escobar, Adam Holzman, Pablo Garibay, Valerie Hartzell, the Andrew Zohn and Robert Sharpe Duo, and plenty more.

Festival and competition registration is $175 professional; $150 youth; $100 festival only. Visit the symposium website for more information.