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The Legendary Assad Brothers Perform in the Series April 27th April 13 2017

William Jenks and Portland Classic Guitar are proud to present internationally renowned guitarists the Assad Brothers—Sérgio and Odair Assad—live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. The music will begin at 8 p.m. This concert will be preceded by a master class on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.

Hailing from Brazil, the Assad Brothers’ rich artistic sensibility—what the New York Times has called their “supple, flawless unified sound”—can be partially traced to their musical family. Their father was mandolinist Jorge Assad, and their mother is singer Angelina Assad (their sister Badi, and their children Clarice, Rodrigo, and Carolina are also celebrated musicians). The brothers studied with the guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia, and their career began in earnest in 1979, with a major prize win at the Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. The Assads have since toured the world together, to great acclaim, recording important works for major labels like Nonesuch, and introducing compelling new music for the two-guitar format.

The brothers’ wide-ranging taste is reflected in their repertoire. Their virtuosity has inspired commissions from numerous prominent composers, including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Brother Sérgio Assad is also a gifted composer, and many of his own original works—strongly influenced by folk and jazz, as well as Latin music of almost every style—have become audience favorites. A typical Assad performance might also include transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti, as well as adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy.

The Assads frequently work with other beloved artists, including Yo-Yo Ma (they appeared on his Grammy-winning 2009 release, Songs of Joy & Peace) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (they appeared on her 2000 Nonesuch collection, based on Gypsy folk tunes)—not to mention their collaborations with such luminaries as Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer, and Dawn Upshaw. They recently toured a project entitled “De Volta as Raizes” (“Back to Our Roots”), featuring Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and composer/pianist Clarice Assad.

Come hear why the Washington Post calls the Assads “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history,” and lauds their playing as “daringly flexible” and “eerily unanimous.” This is a concert not to be missed!

The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036).

The Legendary Assad Brothers Perform in the Series April 27th April 13 2017

William Jenks and Portland Classic Guitar are proud to present internationally renowned guitarists the Assad Brothers—Sérgio and Odair Assad—live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. The music will begin at 8 p.m. This concert will be preceded by a master class on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.

Hailing from Brazil, the Assad Brothers’ rich artistic sensibility—what the New York Times has called their “supple, flawless unified sound”—can be partially traced to their musical family. Their father was mandolinist Jorge Assad, and their mother is singer Angelina Assad (their sister Badi, and their children Clarice, Rodrigo, and Carolina are also celebrated musicians). The brothers studied with the guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia, and their career began in earnest in 1979, with a major prize win at the Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. The Assads have since toured the world together, to great acclaim, recording important works for major labels like Nonesuch, and introducing compelling new music for the two-guitar format.

The brothers’ wide-ranging taste is reflected in their repertoire. Their virtuosity has inspired commissions from numerous prominent composers, including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Brother Sérgio Assad is also a gifted composer, and many of his own original works—strongly influenced by folk and jazz, as well as Latin music of almost every style—have become audience favorites. A typical Assad performance might also include transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti, as well as adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy.

The Assads frequently work with other beloved artists, including Yo-Yo Ma (they appeared on his Grammy-winning 2009 release, Songs of Joy & Peace) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (they appeared on her 2000 Nonesuch collection, based on Gypsy folk tunes)—not to mention their collaborations with such luminaries as Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer, and Dawn Upshaw. They recently toured a project entitled “De Volta as Raizes” (“Back to Our Roots”), featuring Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and composer/pianist Clarice Assad.

Come hear why the Washington Post calls the Assads “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history,” and lauds their playing as “daringly flexible” and “eerily unanimous.” This is a concert not to be missed!

The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036).

The Legendary Assad Brothers Perform in the Series April 27th April 13 2017

William Jenks and Portland Classic Guitar are proud to present internationally renowned guitarists the Assad Brothers—Sérgio and Odair Assad—live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. The music will begin at 8 p.m. This concert will be preceded by a master class on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.

Hailing from Brazil, the Assad Brothers’ rich artistic sensibility—what the New York Times has called their “supple, flawless unified sound”—can be partially traced to their musical family. Their father was mandolinist Jorge Assad, and their mother is singer Angelina Assad (their sister Badi, and their children Clarice, Rodrigo, and Carolina are also celebrated musicians). The brothers studied with the guitarist/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia, and their career began in earnest in 1979, with a major prize win at the Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. The Assads have since toured the world together, to great acclaim, recording important works for major labels like Nonesuch, and introducing compelling new music for the two-guitar format.

The brothers’ wide-ranging taste is reflected in their repertoire. Their virtuosity has inspired commissions from numerous prominent composers, including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger, and Francisco Mignone. Brother Sérgio Assad is also a gifted composer, and many of his own original works—strongly influenced by folk and jazz, as well as Latin music of almost every style—have become audience favorites. A typical Assad performance might also include transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti, as well as adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy.

The Assads frequently work with other beloved artists, including Yo-Yo Ma (they appeared on his Grammy-winning 2009 release, Songs of Joy & Peace) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (they appeared on her 2000 Nonesuch collection, based on Gypsy folk tunes)—not to mention their collaborations with such luminaries as Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer, and Dawn Upshaw. They recently toured a project entitled “De Volta as Raizes” (“Back to Our Roots”), featuring Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and composer/pianist Clarice Assad.

Come hear why the Washington Post calls the Assads “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history,” and lauds their playing as “daringly flexible” and “eerily unanimous.” This is a concert not to be missed!

The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036).

The Royal Family of the Guitar Returns to Portland March 10 February 18 2017

William Jenks and Portland Classic Guitar, in cooperation with Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, are proud to present Los Romeros, in concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in downtown Portland. The performance will be on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. A master class will follow on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.

Over half a century after Celedonio Romero invented the classical guitar quartet, Los Romeros—currently featuring Celin Romero, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Lito Romero, and Celino Romero—remain an institution in the world of classical music, dazzling audiences and critics everywhere. Indeed, they are rightly known as “the Royal Family of the Guitar.” To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance—but in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent, allowing for an uncanny musical telepathy onstage. 

 There are few conductors, ensembles, or composers who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with this incredible group. Los Romeros has enjoyed repeat engagements with some of the best symphony orchestras in the world, and has also appeared frequently at such venerable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, the 92nd Street Y, Vienna’s Gesangsverein and Konzerthaus, the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Madrid Auditorio Nacional de Musica, and the Beijing Concert Hall. They are particularly popular with college audiences, and have performed on multiple occasions at the White House. In 1983, they appeared at the Vatican in a special concert for John Paul II, and in 1986, they gave a command performance for his Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. In 2000, His Royal Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Celin, Pepe, and Angel into the Order of “Isabel la Católica.”

Given their long history, Los Romeros have built an enviable discography. In February 2007, they were granted the Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award from the GRAMMYs, in honor of their artistic achievements. Television fans have seen and heard the group on such shows as The Tonight Show and The Today Show, PBS's Evening at the Boston Pops, the KPBS/PBS biographical documentary Los Romeros: The Royal Family of the Guitar, and other PBS specials.

Perhaps Los Romeros’ most lasting legacy is the creation of an entirely new repertoire for guitar quartet, both as a chamber ensemble and as concerto soloists. For fifty-five years, the group has inspired distinguished composers—including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Morton Gould, Francisco de Madina, and Lorenzo Palomo—to write new works and re-arrange existing ones. As Rodrigo has said, “the Romeros have developed the technique of the guitar by making what is difficult to be easy. They are, without a doubt, the grand masters of the guitar.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Portland’5 box office, at their web site (www.portland5.com), by phone (800.273.1530), or at TicketsWest outlets. Arlene Schnitzer Hall is located at 1037 SW Broadway, Portland OR 97205. Wiegand Hall is located at Marylhurst University: 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036).


Iranian Guitarist Lily Afshar in Concert February 17 February 04 2017

Portland Classic Guitar’s artistic director William Jenks is proud to present internationally renowned Iranian guitarist Lily Afshar, live in concert on Friday, February 17, in Marylhurst University’s St. Anne’s Chapel. The music will begin at 8 p.m. that evening, with a master class to follow on Saturday, February 18, at 11 a.m. in Marylhurst’s Wiegand Hall. Please note: William Jenks, Portland Classic Guitar, and Marylhurst University all remain committed to presenting artists from many diverse backgrounds. We value each and every student, and each and every faculty, staff, and audience member—no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, or country of origin.

Born in Iran to a musical family, Ms. Afshar’s artistry has been broadly celebrated. She won a top prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the Grand Prize in the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition, the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist, and a National Endowment for the Arts Recording Award. She was also chosen as an “Artistic Ambassador” to Africa for the United States Information Agency.

Ms. Afshar’s wide-ranging musicality has led her beyond the traditional guitar repertoire. She is well-known for drawing from Persian and Azerbaijani folk music traditions—this concert will feature a number of ballads from both regions—and has inspired commissions by such contemporary classical composers as Carlo Domeniconi, John Baur, Reza Vali, Garry Eister, Gerard Drozd, Loris Chobanian, Arne Mellnas, Kamran Ince, Barbara Kolb, Marilyn Ziffrin, David Kechley, and Salvador Brotons. But she is also hailed for her performances of canonical composers, like Niccolo Paganini, Astor Piazzolla, and J.S. Bach. In addition, Ms. Afshar has been a pioneer of multimedia concerts for classical guitar, with performances involving narration and images along with the music. And although she is mostly known for her work on guitar, she has also performed on the sehtar, a traditional Persian string instrument.

Ms. Afshar is very active in the world of music education. She has degrees from the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Florida State University, where she became the first woman to earn a Doctorate of Music in guitar performance. She pursued further studies at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and the University of Southern California, where she took master classes with Andrés Segovia. Since becoming a tenured professor and head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Afshar has received the Eminent Faculty Award. In 2011 she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Boston Conservatory. She conducts master classes worldwide and has released numerous educational DVDs.

A true citizen of the world, Afshar’s concert touring has taken her to solo, chamber music, and orchestral performance venues in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. From Wigmore Hall in London to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, she has played before a wide range of audiences, and learned to bridge gaps of culture and distance through her music.

Complimentary appetizers, coffee, tea, and water will be provided in the lobby of St. Anne’s Chapel beginning at 7:15 p.m., and at intermission. Beer, wine and soft drinks will also be available for purchase. Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036). To order tickets, call 503-830-1417, or visit portlandclassicguitar.com.


William Jenks Accepts Faculty Position at Marylhurst University August 24 2016

Portland Classic Guitar is proud to announce that PCG founder and internationally renowned classical guitarist William Jenks has just accepted a faculty position at Marylhurst University. Jenks will be training Marylhurst University classical guitar students working toward their Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance or music therapy, and also directing the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble beginning in the fall of 2016.

Jenks is already well-known to fans of classical guitar. In addition to being the proprietor of Portland Classic Guitar, he is the mastermind behind the world-class and world-renowned PCG concert series, bringing such luminaries as the Romeros, Eliot Fisk, John Williams, the Assad Brothers, and Manuel Barrueco to the Portland area (Tickets are now on sale for the exciting upcoming 2016-2017 Portland Guitar Series). He is also a prolific performing and recording artist who has toured throughout United States, Europe, and Latin America, and released four CDs. 

As a guitar instructor with more than fifteen years of experience, Jenks has developed a unique and powerfully effective teaching method; many of his students have gone on to become professional musicians. Now Jenks is poised to help elevate Marylhurst into one of the best guitar programs on the West Coast, if not the nation. In addition to the highest-quality private instruction and ensemble leadership, Jenks will provide students with an unparalleled opportunity to experience firsthand the great masters of the classical guitar world, in concert and master-class settings. In addition, the repertoire he has prepared for public performances of the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble promises to be both exciting and fresh.

As a top-tier accredited school of music, Marylhurst has a strong and quickly growing Bachelor of Arts in music therapy program under the leadership of department chair Dr. Laura Beer, and an award-winning choral department directed by Dr. Justin Smith. Marylhurst University boasts a beautiful campus and facilities, excellent instructors, and intimate classrooms. Auditions for the fall term will be September 1, 2016 beginning at 9:00 AM; the term begins on September 26th. Non-music majors, high school students, and continuing education adults can (and are encouraged to) audition for the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble.

Interested students should contact William Jenks directly at 503-830-1417, or at wjenks@marylhurst.edu. For Admissions and general music school information please contact Julia McBride at 503-548-7763.


Portland Classic Guitar Announces 2016/17 Season! July 07 2016

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) is proud to announce its 2016-17 concert season, with lots of exciting news to share. For more than a decade, we have been bringing world-class guitarists to the greater Portland area. This year we also add two important new venues to our schedule: the incomparable Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and Newmark Theatre. Our commitment to education also continues, as we help lay the groundwork for the next generation of artists, with six master classes, four student recitals, and, of course, private lessons. Additionally, we are proud to announce that PCG proprietor William Jenks has joined the faculty at Marylhurst University as guitar instructor.                                                    

This season we will be presenting three concerts with Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. The first, on March 10, will be at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and will feature the return to the PCG series the incomparable Romeros—internationally renowned as the “The Royal Family of the Guitar.” This concert will include the entire Romero Quintet including Celin, Pepe, Angel, Lito and Celino. The Romeros, as most guitar fans know, were founded by patriarch Celedonio Romero (who passed away in 1996). It was he who invented the guitar quartet format for the concert stage, and also helped provide its core repertoire. His sons (and now their sons) have carried that historic tradition forward, specializing in the kind of uncanny telepathy that can only be found in family-based ensembles. It is safe to say that there are few conductors, ensembles, or composers who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with this amazing group. And you should jump at the chance to hear them—especially in this unbelievable venue. Not to be missed.

Two other equally exciting shows, also produced in tandem with Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, will be held at the venerable Newmark Theatre. The first, on November 18, will feature a pairing of Eliot Fisk and Angel Romero, two celebrated masters. Fisk, the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia, is a brilliant, virtuosic performer who has appeared as soloist with prominent orchestras around the world, and has collaborated with luminaries outside of classical music as well—including the many contemporary composers who have written works for him. Founder of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, Fisk teaches at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria—and also in Boston, at the New England Conservatory. Romero is the youngest son of Celedonio Romero. He had his first public performance at age six. Enjoying a long association with famed Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, Romero is a triple threat: a soloist, a conductor, and a composer. In the latter role, he is responsible for several cinematic scores, including the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s acclaimed 1989 film, The Milagro Beanfield War. For his contributions to the world of music, Romero has received the highest honors from his native country, as well as a Merit Award from the Recording Academy.

The second Newmark Theatre concert, on January 20, will feature Harmonia Mundi recording artist Pablo Sainz Villegas, affectionately known as “the soul of the Spanish guitar.” Winner of the Gold Medal at the inaugural Christopher Parkening International Guitar Competition, Villejas was the first guitarist to win El Ojo Crítico, Spain’s top classical music honor—as well as the youngest of his generation to appear with the New York Philharmonic. He has since performed for both the Dalai Lama and the Spanish royal family, and it was he who gave the world premiere of Rounds, the first composition for guitar by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams. He has appeared with orchestras in more than thirty countries, and in 2007 he founded the Music Without Borders Legacy (MWBL), a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge cultural, social, and political boundaries through classical music.

Other artists featured in the 2016-17 season will appear at the PCG venues listeners have loved in previous years. Latin Grammy winners, the Brazilian Assad Brothers—who the Washington Post called “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history”—will appear at downtown Portland’s First Congregational Church on April 27. Loved for their wide-ranging repertoire, which can vary from jazz to folk to Latin to Baroque, the Assads have collaborated with such esteemed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, and Dawn Upshaw. This is sure to be a wonderful evening!

Furthermore, there will be a string of top-notch concerts at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall: recent GFA winner Thibaut Garcia (November 7), the Oregon Guitar Quartet (October 28), Scott Kritzer (December 9), Lily Afshar (February 17), and Antigoni Goni (May 12). Still in his early twenties, Garcia has an impressive string of first-place wins at international festivals. The OGQ has released seven recordings and performs frequently up and down the West Coast; they toured Costa Rica in 2014. Local legend Kritzer is known as “a champion of the living composer,” as well as the artistic director for the Third Angle Ensemble—a revered Portland-based contemporary chamber group. Iranian-born Afshar is the first woman to earn a doctorate in guitar performance; she excels not only in the standard repertoire, but has also helped introduce classical guitar audiences to quarter-tone-based music, or arrangements of Persian and Azerbaijani pieces. And the Greek guitarist Goni is a truly cosmopolitan artist; she teaches or has taught at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Columbia University in NYC, and the Royal Academy of Music in London; she is also artist-in-residence for San Francisco Performances.

PCG mastermind William Jenks will close the series on June 30, in concert with guitarists Alberto Cumplido, from Chile, Roberto Fabbri, from Italy, and Ruben Gonzalez, from the Dominican Republic. This will be an outdoor performance at Marylhurst’s Lajos Balogh Performance Shell. Recommended for the whole family! Jenks has recorded four CDs, and has recently toured internationally in countries such as Italy, Chile, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.

We hope you will join us! More information on the series can be found by calling 503-830-1417, or by visiting the PCG website at portlandclassicguitar.com.


Season Finale Concert June 23 2016

The Season finale concert of the 2015-2016 Portland Guitar Series tomorrow Friday, June 24th has been moved to Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall due to rain in the forecast.  This exciting evening will focus on ensemble music by Portland’s Duo Tenebroso (David Franzen and Kristen Waligora), duets with William Jenks and David Franzen, and solos by William and several of his advanced students including Neal Shargel, Isaac Engle, and Keaton Woodburn.  Also, attendees of the concert will be the first to witness the unbelievable lineup of the new 2016-2017 Portland Guitar Series and all of the exciting new changes happening at Portland Classic Guitar! 


Grammy Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in the Series April 29th! April 07 2016

Portland Classical Guitar is thrilled to present the Grammy-award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, making its PCG debut on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. A special extended master class will follow on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s Flavia Hall—see below for more information.

The LAGQ, a headliner of this year’s PCG series, consistently plays to sold-out houses around the world. The acclaimed group is comprised of guitarists John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant—all amazing and compelling musicians on their own. Dearman, for instance, plays a unique seven-string guitar, while Kanengiser was the classical guitarist in the 1986 film Crossroads. Tennant is the mastermind behind the Pumping Nylon educational series; and Greif boasts a broad background in jazz, rock, flamenco, and bluegrass. Together, these guitarists bring a truly incomparable energy to the stage.

This concert will highlight inventive, daring transcriptions of time-honored masterworks, a commitment to new works that help introduce listeners to the best in contemporary composition, and an adventurous eclecticism: all LAGQ trademarks that audiences have come to love. The program will feature pieces by Alfonso Montes, Chet Atkins, Pat Metheny, Geronimo Gimenez, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, and JS Bach.

Though this will be the first chance for listeners to hear the LAGQ in a PCG series, most local guitar fans will no doubt be familiar with their renowned discography. The group won a Grammy in 2005 for their brilliant Guitar Heroes CD, released on Telarc as a follow-up to their Grammy-nominated LAGQ-Latin. Spin (Telarc, 2006) continued their explorations of jazz and contemporary music, and LAGQ: BRAZIL (Telarc, 2007) included collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, and received rave reviews. Their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” was released on Telarc in 2010, and quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard charts.

The master class following the PCG concert will, by happy coincidence, be on the same weekend as the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument exhibit, also at Marylhurst—a truly wonderful opportunity for students to learn about technique, performance, and history! The master class will feature a “Pumping Nylon” workshop by Scott Tennant (author of the acclaimed Pumping Nylon book/DVD/CD series), a bio-mechanics workshop by William Kanengiser, and an ensemble master class by the complete quartet. In addition, students can sign up for private lessons by Kanengiser and Tennant, which will be given on Sunday, May 1. Note: the deadline to register for private lessons is April 8. The deadline for guitar ensembles to audition for the master class is April 15; to audition, ensembles must send a video or audio recording to William Jenks, at info@williamjends.com.

This wonderful weekend of top-tier music is not to be missed! The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. For tickets, please call 503-654-0082.


Grammy Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in the Series April 29th! April 07 2016

Portland Classical Guitar is thrilled to present the Grammy-award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, making its PCG debut on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. A special extended master class will follow on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s Flavia Hall—see below for more information.

The LAGQ, a headliner of this year’s PCG series, consistently plays to sold-out houses around the world. The acclaimed group is comprised of guitarists John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant—all amazing and compelling musicians on their own. Dearman, for instance, plays a unique seven-string guitar, while Kanengiser was the classical guitarist in the 1986 film Crossroads. Tennant is the mastermind behind the Pumping Nylon educational series; and Greif boasts a broad background in jazz, rock, flamenco, and bluegrass. Together, these guitarists bring a truly incomparable energy to the stage.

This concert will highlight inventive, daring transcriptions of time-honored masterworks, a commitment to new works that help introduce listeners to the best in contemporary composition, and an adventurous eclecticism: all LAGQ trademarks that audiences have come to love. The program will feature pieces by Alfonso Montes, Chet Atkins, Pat Metheny, Geronimo Gimenez, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, and JS Bach.

Though this will be the first chance for listeners to hear the LAGQ in a PCG series, most local guitar fans will no doubt be familiar with their renowned discography. The group won a Grammy in 2005 for their brilliant Guitar Heroes CD, released on Telarc as a follow-up to their Grammy-nominated LAGQ-Latin. Spin (Telarc, 2006) continued their explorations of jazz and contemporary music, and LAGQ: BRAZIL (Telarc, 2007) included collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, and received rave reviews. Their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” was released on Telarc in 2010, and quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard charts.

The master class following the PCG concert will, by happy coincidence, be on the same weekend as the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument exhibit, also at Marylhurst—a truly wonderful opportunity for students to learn about technique, performance, and history! The master class will feature a “Pumping Nylon” workshop by Scott Tennant (author of the acclaimed Pumping Nylon book/DVD/CD series), a bio-mechanics workshop by William Kanengiser, and an ensemble master class by the complete quartet. In addition, students can sign up for private lessons by Kanengiser and Tennant, which will be given on Sunday, May 1. Note: the deadline to register for private lessons is April 8. The deadline for guitar ensembles to audition for the master class is April 15; to audition, ensembles must send a video or audio recording to William Jenks, at info@williamjends.com.

This wonderful weekend of top-tier music is not to be missed! The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. For tickets, please call 503-654-0082.


Grammy Winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs in the Series April 29th! April 07 2016

Portland Classical Guitar is thrilled to present the Grammy-award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, making its PCG debut on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. A special extended master class will follow on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s Flavia Hall—see below for more information.

The LAGQ, a headliner of this year’s PCG series, consistently plays to sold-out houses around the world. The acclaimed group is comprised of guitarists John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tennant—all amazing and compelling musicians on their own. Dearman, for instance, plays a unique seven-string guitar, while Kanengiser was the classical guitarist in the 1986 film Crossroads. Tennant is the mastermind behind the Pumping Nylon educational series; and Greif boasts a broad background in jazz, rock, flamenco, and bluegrass. Together, these guitarists bring a truly incomparable energy to the stage.

This concert will highlight inventive, daring transcriptions of time-honored masterworks, a commitment to new works that help introduce listeners to the best in contemporary composition, and an adventurous eclecticism: all LAGQ trademarks that audiences have come to love. The program will feature pieces by Alfonso Montes, Chet Atkins, Pat Metheny, Geronimo Gimenez, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, and JS Bach.

Though this will be the first chance for listeners to hear the LAGQ in a PCG series, most local guitar fans will no doubt be familiar with their renowned discography. The group won a Grammy in 2005 for their brilliant Guitar Heroes CD, released on Telarc as a follow-up to their Grammy-nominated LAGQ-Latin. Spin (Telarc, 2006) continued their explorations of jazz and contemporary music, and LAGQ: BRAZIL (Telarc, 2007) included collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, and received rave reviews. Their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” was released on Telarc in 2010, and quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard charts.

The master class following the PCG concert will, by happy coincidence, be on the same weekend as the Northwest Handmade Musical Instrument exhibit, also at Marylhurst—a truly wonderful opportunity for students to learn about technique, performance, and history! The master class will feature a “Pumping Nylon” workshop by Scott Tennant (author of the acclaimed Pumping Nylon book/DVD/CD series), a bio-mechanics workshop by William Kanengiser, and an ensemble master class by the complete quartet. In addition, students can sign up for private lessons by Kanengiser and Tennant, which will be given on Sunday, May 1. Note: the deadline to register for private lessons is April 8. The deadline for guitar ensembles to audition for the master class is April 15; to audition, ensembles must send a video or audio recording to William Jenks, at info@williamjends.com.

This wonderful weekend of top-tier music is not to be missed! The First Congregational Church is located at 1126 SW Park Ave, in downtown Portland. For tickets, please call 503-654-0082.


Duo Deloro (Adam Del Monte & Mak Grgic) Perform March 18 and 20 February 27 2016

Portland Classical Guitar is proud to present a thrilling new ensemble: Duo Deloro, featuring Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic

This fantastic pairing will perform twice: first on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s St. Anne's Chapel(with a master class the following day, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wiegand Hall). Their second performance will be on Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m., at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Nehalem. These concerts will feature brand-new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian tangos, and original flamenco compositions by del Monte.

Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, and has performed internationally, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Barbican Center, Tchaikovsky Hall (in Moscow), and in Caracas, Venezuela. After studies in Spain, Israel, and England, he joined the faculty of the studio guitar department at the University of Southern California, where he currently teaches. Del Monte is the featured flamenco guitarist in double-Grammy-winning Ainadamar (2006, Deutsche Gramophone), which also features soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Atlanta Symphony, and is conducted by Robert Spano. He recorded “Avner’s Theme,” by film composer John Williams, for the soundtrack CD of the Steven Spielberg film Munich, and has appeared in a lot of other soundtracks as well. He is no less renowned for his own compositions; he recently composed his second flamenco guitar concerto, Paisajes, which was commissioned and debuted by the St. Monica Symphony. Del Monte has also been commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a “progressive” flamenco piece entitled “Cambio de Aire.” He has been noted for his collaboration with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony, as part of the National Black Arts Festival, in Atlanta, GA.

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mak Grgic is an innovative player whose adventurousness has led him from the avant-garde to film music to more traditional works, including transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler. Recently a Young Artist in Residence at the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Grgic is a co-founder of DC8, Da Camera’s contemporary music ensemble, which strives to expand the definition of what a modern music ensemble can be. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as Martin Chalifour (Concertmaster of The Los Angeles Philharmonic), cellist Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate (cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), John Sant’Ambrogio (former principal cello of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), flutist Christopher Matthews, organists Paul Vasile and Stephen Ackert, guitarists Christopher McGuire and Taso Comanescu, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, guitarist-composer Nejc Kuhar, and many others. Grgic recently took first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy, and has been honored with highest prizes at numerous competitions, including the Andres Segovia International Competition (in Velbert, Germany), and the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition (in Vienna, Austria). He has performed with orchestras as diverse as the Spokane Symphony, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Chamber Philharmonic, the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony.

Wiegand Hall is located on the campus of Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43), Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. St. Catherine’s is located at 36335 N Hwy 101, Nehalem, OR 97131.