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Roberto Fabbri and Daughters Perform June 22 and 24 in Season Finale Concert June 08 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) artistic director William Jenks is excited to present Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri and Daughters in the 2017-2018 season finale concert on Friday, June 22nd at 8 PM at Marylhurst University's St. Anne’s Chapel.  A master class will proceed their concert also at Maryhurst University's St. Catherine's Hall Room 206 on Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 PM

There will be a second performance on the Oregon Coast in Manzanita at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 24th at 4:00 PM.  This concert will also feature a performance by the U.S. Guitar Duo (William Jenks and David Tutmark) and the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble directed by William Jenks.  Tickets for both concerts can be found at PortlandClassicGuitar.com.  The fee to audit the master class is $20 at the door.

Roberto Fabbri has an extremely active career as a fine performer, composer, teacher and writer.  He studied at the State Conservatory of "Santa Cecilia" where he graduated in 1986 with full honors; subsequently he achieved the diploma of bachelor in music with praise.   In 2007, Soundboard magazine stated, “Roberto Fabbri is flamboyant and technically astonishing - a definite crowd pleaser.  His own compositions range from unabashedly pretty to exuberant barn-burners, often with a pop sensibility" 

He has developed his musical career as a soloist, and with the famous guitar quartet "Nexus", now called "Roberto Fabbri Guitar Quartet".   Mr. Fabbri is regularly invited to perform, teach Master Classes, and judge many international competitions around the world. 

Besides his work as a performer, Roberto Fabbri has written numerous compositions for guitar and has carried out an intense didactic and editorial activity, cooperating with different publishing houses such as Anthropos, Berben, Playgame, EMR, Warner Bros, and Carisch.   In 2012, Fabbri signed with Sony classical and he recorded his own music in his cd called "Nei Tuoi Occhi".

 As an educator, he is the headmaster and teacher of classical guitar at the Academy "Novamusica e Arte" in Rome and presently teaches classical guitar at the State Conservatory "F. Torrefranca" in Vibo Valentia and at the Institute of High Artistic and Musical Formation "Giulio Briccialdi" in Terni.

This season finale concert of the 2017-2018 Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series is not to be missed and will be the final concert on the beautiful campus of Marylhurst University which will be closing this summer.   The Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series will continue and please stay tuned for the announcement of the exciting new venue and series for the upcoming 2018-2019 season!


Virginia Luque in Concert June 1st May 27 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) artistic director William Jenks is excited to present Spanish guitarist Virginia Luque Friday, June 1st at 8 PM at Marylhurst University's Wiegand Hall. A master class will proceed her concert also at Maryhurst University''s St. Catherine's Hall Room 206 on Thursday,May 31st at 7:00 PM.
Virginia Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship.
Ms. Luque has recently recorded Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. She has been awarded First Prize at several international competitions, including the "Manuel de Falla" Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship among other awards.
Concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra and she has premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.
Recitals have included Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick Collection in New York City, and numerous concert halls throughout the United States. She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.
A native of Algeciras (Cadiz), Spain, Ms. Luque began playing the guitar when she was four, started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven. After hearing her play, Ms. Luque was invited by the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia to study privately with him.
She received her Master's degree in Spain and at Segovia's suggestion came to America where she also received a Master's degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.
Ms. Luque's other pursuits have garnered her a First Prize in the International Competition of Poetry based in Puerto Rico and she has also graduated as "Chef" from the French Culinary Institute of New York.

Jeremy Jouve Performs Friday, May 4th at 8:00 PM May 01 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) artistic director William Jenks is excited to present French guitarist Jeremy Jouve on Friday, May 4th at 8 PM at Marylhurst University's Wiegand Hall.
An active ambassador of classical guitar around the world, Jérémy Jouve is continuing his international tours and his recordings with one objective : to attune classical guitar with modernity.
 
His musical training, at the Ecole Normale de Musique, then later at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP) where he studied with great masters, among them Alberto Ponce and Roland Dyens, steered him toward a deep love and respect of manuscripts, an unending search for a beautiful sound, and a thorough understanding of the architecture of the pieces he chooses to interpret.
 
Even with this extraordinary trajectory- conservatory prize at age 13, first European tour at age 16, the only guitarist to be accepted into the advanced study « perfectionnement » course of CNSMDP, and winner of the international guitar competition of the GFA in Mexico at age 24-the artistry of Jérémy Jouve has kept a strong stamp of sincerity.
 
The GFA in 2003 opened the door to a five month North American tour as well as to a first recording with Naxos, followed by two disks dedicated to the demanding works for solo guitar by Joaquín Rodrigo. Then came a DVD with Melbay of a live concert recorded (2009), and another CD, this time in duo with flute for Reference Recording, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2014.
 
These recordings illustrate his strong desire to highlight the rich repertoire of classical guitar. He has undertaken, in fact, an intense work researching manuscripts in order to find the essence of the pieces and the soul of the composers ; trying to call attention to both his instrument and the original compositions.
 
This work brought him the gratitude of Cécilia Rodrigo, daughter of the famed composer, who wrote ; « What formidable technique, what poetry in your interpretations ! I am extremely thankful for your work. my father, Joaquín Rodrigo, would have been very proud of you».
Jérémy Jouve’s most recent album « Cavalcade», the fruit of an inspiring collaboration with composer Mathias Duplessy, marks a new direction in his career. An advocate of the existing repertoire which he hopes to expand and enrich, this time in the domain of comtemporary music. The pieces put forth by Jérémy Jouve in this album play a leading role in the creation of new repertoire,  a music without borders ; mixing flamenco, music of India, and with Ravelian accents.
 
This music is in the image of classical guitar that he hopes to embody : free.
 
Vast like the night and light, the depth and elegance of the play of Jérémy Jouve hopes to lead us toward a limitless horizon where classicism and modernity interplay.

U.S. Guitar Duo (William Jenks and David Tutmark perform April 20) March 21 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) artistic director William Jenks is excited to announce he will be performing with David Tutmark as the U.S. Guitar Duo on Friday, April 20th, at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall at 8 PM.  Included on the program are two baroque double concerto masterpieces by George Frederick Handel originally for harp and a second by Antonio Vivaldi originally for two mandolins.  Both concertos have been arranged for two guitars and the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble where Jenks serves on the music faculty as classical guitar instructor and guitar ensemble director.  In addition to these intriguing arrangements for a sextet of guitarists, will be gorgeous set of duos by Ferdinando Carulli, Enrique Granados, Frederic Chopin and more.  This concert is sure to sell out and will feature additional seating in the newly opened balcony of Wiegand Hall.   Advance tickets are highly recommended and are now on sale at PortlandClassicGuitar.com for $20-$25.

Since the U.S. Guitar Duo was formed in September of 2017, they have already performed internationally in Mexico and Chile, and they will be embarking on a European tour in the summer of 2018.  The U.S. Guitar Duo was also invited to perform in the Andre Segovia International Guitar Festival in Spain in the fall of 2019 and have received invitations to perform in Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Hawaii.  Before forming the duo, each artist has made their own substantial contributions to the musical world.

William Jenks began his musical career as a gifted singer, performing choral music at age six. As a youth he participated in a memorable Carnegie Hall performance of the Magnificat, under the celebrated composer and maestro John Rutter. After switching to guitar as a young man, Jenks would go on to record four widely-praised CDs, each supported by extensive touring. He gave a series of favorably received solo concerts in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Chile.  Jenks is also known for his superb teaching through Maryllhurst University and his private studio where he has trained guitarists from beginning through professional levels. He also created the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series where he has presented over 130 concerts of world renowned artists such as the Romeros, John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, David Russell, The Assads, Sharon Isbin, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Ana Vidovic and many more.

David Tutmark comes from a background in electric guitar and rock where he toured extensively and his music was used in various commercials and independent films with the band Blue Ember.  He also performed in 2017 at Lahootie Melo in Hyderbad, Pakistan for a crowd of 20,000.  As a classical player, David is known for his visceral yet polished style of playing and consistently delivers captivating performances of traditional and contemporary classical guitar.  David earned a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Portland State University.  He maintains a busy performance career, giving over 300 performances between 2012 and 2017.  Today he continues to maintain a busy schedule as a performer and teacher of the guitar both privately and through Clackamas Community College.

Wiegand Hall is located at Marylhurst University: 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036). To order tickets, visit portlandclassicguitar.com. For questions and more information call 503-830-1417 or email us at info@portlandclassicguitar.com.


Xuefei Yang Performs in Portland March 9 March 05 2018

Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) Artistic Director William Jenks is proud to present virtuoso guitarist Xuefei Yang, appearing in concert on March 9, at Marylhurst University’s St. Anne’s Chapel at 8 PM.  She will conduct a master class the previous day on March 8th at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall at 7:00 PM. On the program, are works by classic masters such as J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy, Manuel de Falla, a flamenco piece by Paco de Lucia, and an exciting Brazilian set by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Antonio Carlos Jobim with arrangements by Roland Dyens and Baden Powell.

 

Xuefei was born in Beijing, and is a graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatoire of Music, and went on to become the first Chinese musician to receive a full scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she received the Principal’s Prize on completion of her postgraduate study. Her international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Barcelona Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center New York and much more.  Xuefei is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and many more.

 

Xuefei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez & Goss’ Albeniz Concerto. Another recording of “Bach Concertos” featured Xuefei’s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J.S. Bach. Xuefei has released two albums in 2016, her latest solo album “Colours of Brazil,” (Decca Classics) and “Songs from our Ancestors” (Globe Music) which continues her successful collaboration with Ian Bostridge in a recording made at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

 

This concert is not to be missed.  Tickets and information can be found at Portlandclassicguitar.com or by calling 503-830-1417.  Tickets range from $32-$37.


Presale for Season Tickets to the 2017-2018 Portland Guitar Series is now available. September 30 2017

Artistic Director and Marylhurst University Professor William Jenks is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Portland Guitar Series.  Season tickets include all 10 concerts and 7 master class of the 2017-2018 season for $260 which is over a $500 value!
*Please Note:  Your season passes will be available at the door for the concert.  Do not worry about waiting for them in the mail we will have your name at the door.  Thank you for your patronage!
Also, new this year (for all concerts in St. Anne's Chapel) we will be offering complimentary appetizers and beer, wine, and cocktails will be available for purchase. 
The new series is scheduled to open on November 17th with world renowned lutenist Ronn McFarlane.   
Season Tickets Include the Following:
* Preferred Seating to all 10 Concerts.
* Early Entrance to all Performances.
* Special Invitations to artist receptions.
* Audit to all Master Classes.
* Ability to purchase additional tickets at as discount and your guests can sit with you  in the season ticket seating area.
* You can transfer your tickets if you can't make and event. (Just email us the name of your guests prior to the event.)

2016-2017 Season Finale Concert July 31 2017

Portland Classic Guitar is proud to present the final concert of its 2016-17 season—and the first concert of the Summer on the Green Concert Series at Marylhurst University. Portland’s own William Jenks (who is also PCG’s Artistic Director), Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido, and Cuban guitarist (currently based in the Dominican Republic) Ruben Gonzalez will share the bill at 7 p.m. on July 14, outdoors at Marylhurst’s beautiful Lajos Balogh Performance Shell. This family-friendly concert will also include a special performance by the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble, directed by Jenks.

This is a rare opportunity to hear three internationally renowned guitar masters in a single concert. Jenks is both a performer and an advocate for the art of guitar, through his much-loved concert series, his teaching, and his high-end guitar shop. He also serves on the music faculty at Marylhurst University. Gonzalez, who has studied with Leo Brouwer (among others), won an impressive number of prestigious guitar competitions, and is an in-demand teacher and performer in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Argentina. Cumplido is both a guitarist and a composer; he has experimented with electronic music; composed for dance, film, and theater; and explored the intersection of music and the spoken word.

The program will include the compositions of George Frederic Handel—specifically, his Harp Concerto Grosso, featuring Jenks on the first guitar part and David Tutmark on the second—Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, and Isaac Albeniz. Cumplido will present the music of J.S. Bach and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as his own compositions. Gonzalez will explore the works of Kevin Seddiki, R. Sainz de la Maza, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, and others. The music is free and open to the public. Special VIP seating will be provided for Portland Classic Guitar sponsors and season ticket holders—others are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

If you cannot make the July 14 concert, don’t despair! The program will be repeated on the gorgeous Oregon Coast, in St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, on Sunday, July 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at the door ($15 general admission; $10 for students and seniors over 60). St. Catherine’s is located at 36335 N Hwy 101, Nehalem, OR 97131.

There will also be a slightly different version of the concert for the Farmhouse Concert Series on July 29; this performance will feature Jenks and the Marylhurst University Guitar

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.