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Judical Perroy Concert February 02 2019

The third concert of the Portland International guitar series featuring French guitarist Judicael Perroy was an incredible gift to our audience.  Because of his extremely high level of technical ability, his intelligent musical interpretations, and his calm performance demeanor, he communicated to our audience the essence of the music in the purest form.  He played his entire set completely from memory and started the performance with J.S. Bach’s Second Lute Suite (BWV 997).  In the program, only the Prelude and Fugue to the suite were listed so the audience was very pleased when he continued to perform the remaining movements including the Sarabande, Gigue, and Double.  Following the conclusion of the suite, the audience roared in excitement after they had just witnessed an outstanding performance of a masterpiece.  As the evening went on, another exciting change to the program included a performance of Variations on a Theme by Handel, (Variations on the Harmonious Blacksmith) Op.107 by Mauro Giuliani.  We also got to hear some other exciting pieces on the program including a Guitar Sonata by Antonio Jose and works by Villa-Lobos.  He closed his concert with an explosive rendition of Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz. 

Judicael Perroy also taught a master classes the following day which will be the first of seven master classes scheduled this season in the Portland International Guitar Series.  Aspiring guitarists attending the class benefited from a lesson in everything from technique, to musicianship, to practice strategies, to performance preparation.  With nearly an hour of Q & A, the class auditors were able to tap into his deep knowledge stemming from a lifetime of experience.


Judicael Perroy Performs January 25th January 20 2019

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is excited to present the third concert in the 2018-2019 Portland International Guitar Series XIV featuring French artist Judicaël Perroy on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 8 PM at the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1101 SW 12th Ave. in downtown Portland. He will teach the first of 7 master classes scheduled this season the following day on Saturday, January 26th at 11 AM in the Fireside Room also at the Eliot Center.

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997 he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world. As a recording artist, he has recorded six CDs and one DVD.  His most recent critically acclaimed album Paris une solitude peuplée features works by Villa-Lobos,Skryabin, Ponce and more.

Mr. Perroy is also a world class teacher and he recently accepted a position to serve on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  As a former professor of guitar in Paris, he produced an impressive five first prize winners of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America competition including Thomas Viloteau (2006), Gabriel Bianco (2008), Florian Larousse (2009), Thibaut Garcia (2015), and Xavier Jara (2016) all who have performed in Portland presented by the former organization Portland Classic Guitar. 


Mak Grgic in Concert January 11 December 28 2018

Touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post, Mak Grgic will take the stage for the next concert in the Portland International Guitar Series presented by U.S. Classic Guitar on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the historic Eliot Chapel in downtown Portland.  An expansive and adventurous repertoire attests to his versatility and wide-ranging interests: from the Baroque and Renaissance to music of the cinema; from ethnic music of his native Balkans to extreme avantgarde and microtonal music, Mr. Grgic’s extraordinary talents and tastes as soloist, collaborator, and recording artist are fueled by his curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy.   Mak’s latest CD MAKrotonal is being considered for the 2019 Grammy Awards.

His exciting and diverse Portland program will include a multimedia presentation of Cinema Verismo which takes a listener down memory lane of favorite cinema from the past few decades. By offering originals or adaptations of music featured in famous films such as The Deerhunter, Raging Bull, The Godfather, Chariots of Fire, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and many others, the soothing sounds of the guitar will evoke your fondest memories.  His program will also include selections from his Balkanisms CD which includes arrangements of magical tunes from the enchanting Balkan Peninsula as well as modern works by composers such as Duson Bogdanovic’s Levantine Suite.

As a concert artist, he averages eighty-five performances a year — nearly two bookings per week — as both soloist and collaborator. He is a founding member and active performer in two duos— the Flamenco-style “Duo Deloro” with Adam Del Monte, and the new music-focused “FretX Duo” with Daniel Lippel, guitarist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). As Young Artist in Residence with the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, he founded “DC8,” an octet declared “an inspiring addition to the contemporary music landscape in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Times. Other ongoing collaborations include the JACK Quartet, Martin Chalifour (concertmaster, LA Philharmonic), cellists Jay Campbell and Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, and John Sant’Ambrogio (St. Louis Symphony).


Patterson/Sutton Duo November 30 November 19 2018

Portland, OR (November 2018). U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is proud to announce the first concert of the fourteenth annual 2018 -2019 Portland International Guitar Series XIV (formally known as the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series) featuring the Patterson/Sutton Duo on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 8 p.m.

This exciting concert will kick off the first of eleven concerts in our exciting new venue located at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland.  Before the concert, come join us for a pre-concert reception between 7 PM and 8 PM where we will be serving complimentary appetizers.  Beer, wine, and soft drinks will also be available for purchase.  The reception will be held in the Atrium next to the Eliot Chapel.  The easiest way to get to the reception is enter the building at the 1226 SW Salmon St. entrance. You can also get to the reception from the 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR main Eliot Chapel entrance.

Praised by The Strad for their "Wit and imagination", the trailblazing cello and guitar duo of Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton are known for their passionate performances and engaging stage presence as they bring the rich cello and guitar repertoire to audiences around the world. The duo have been featured on Performance Today on American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among others. Featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Patterson/Sutton Duo frequently concertizes throughout the United States and abroad with recent engagements as Juilliard Global Visiting Artists. 

 “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” on the MSR Classics label in May of 2013 to critical acclaim. Composer, Dušan Bogdanović declared: “Everything [on Cold Dark Matter] is performed with excellence and sensitivity. I especially like the beautiful tone and sense of lyricism, though the virtuosity of both is apparent.”  Their program will include modern works Quatre Pieces Intimes by Dusan Bogdanovic (1955-), Sonata for cello & guitar, by Mathias Duplessy (1972-), and works by Stephen Goss (1964-), Jaime Zenamon (1953-), Atanas Ourkouzounov (1970), Atanas Ourkouzounov (1970), and more.

Dr. Patterson holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The duo became husband and wife in June of 2017.

Tickets for this concert can be purchased at the usclassicguitar.org.  The Eliot Center is located at 1101 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97205.


U.S. Classic Guitar Acquires Portland Classic Guitar! October 19 2018

We are thrilled to announce that U.S. Classic Guitar, Inc., a new nonprofit organization, formed September 2018, has officially acquired the former organization called Portland Classic Guitar, LLC.
William Jenks, (former Founder and Artistic Director of Portland Classic Guitar, LLC) has accepted the position as President of U.S. Classic Guitar, Inc. and under his leadership will continue to bring the finest in classical guitar concerts, education, and classical guitar related product to PortlandHawaii, and beyond.
Our distinguished board of directors include:
Michelle Augello
Dr. Mary Kilo, M.D.
Claude Laviano
Stephanie Lulay.

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.