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Andrea Caballero Gonzalez Performs June 7th June 06 2019

After Ana Vidovic thrilled a sold out Portland audience last month, U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is proud to present yet another outstanding female guitarist Andrea Gonzalez Caballero of Spain who Operworld Magazine describes as, "the female voice of the Spanish Guitar." Her debut concert in the Portland International Guitar Series will take place on Friday, June 7th at 8:00 PM at the Historic Eliot Chapel in downtown Portland l ocated at 1101 SW 12th Ave. Ms. Vidovic, as well as Su Meng and Wang Yameng of the Beijing Guitar Duo all formally studied with virtuoso Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco and Ms. Caballero is also currently studying with Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory. She is also first prize winner of several prestigious international guitar competitions including the 2016 Alhambra International Guitar Competition in Spain. Her exciting program will include works by Albeniz, Rodrigo, Britten and more.  Get Tickets

Two Huge Concerts Coming your way in April! March 29 2019

Two Exciting Concerts Coming Up in April! U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is excited to announce two outstanding upcoming concerts in the Portland International Guitar Series this April. First, Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez and New York based guitarist David Leisner will perform an exciting program of solos and duets on Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 PM at the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1101 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR. Next, Croatian guitar virtuoso Ana Vidovic will perform a solo concert also at the historic Eliot Chapel on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 PM. These amazing concerts will continue to keep the caliber of the Portland International Guitar Series at the very highest level, putting U.S. Classic Guitar on par with the most elite guitar organizations in the world.

Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today's leading guitarists. Born in 1952 in Uruguay, he began his studies of guitar at age 7. His principal teachers were Abel Carlevaro, Guido Santórsola and Héctor Tosar. After being prized in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as "A top guitarist...Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument" (Donal Henahan, The New York Times).

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. “Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with top prizes in both the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions. An innovative three-concert series at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall included the first all-Bach guitar recital in New York’s history, and currently he is the Artistic Director of Guitar Plus, a New York series devoted to chamber music with the guitar.

Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond. In addition to presenting the guitar series, the organization will continue to focus on education. Each region where a guitar series is offered,

U.S. Classic Guitar will present Master Classes from the top artists in the world, provide individual guitar lessons with carefully chosen university trained instructors, and organize a guitar ensemble class. On Wednesday, April 3rd, Eduardo Fernandez and David Leisner will conduct a master class and lecture at the Eliot Center Channing room located at 1011 SW 12th Ave. in downtown Portland. The traditional master class will be followed by two informative lectures. First, David Leisner will discuss the important aspects of his book Playing with Ease and Eduardo Fernandez will give a lecture on how to approach learning a new piece of music.


Pepe Romero - A Living Legend Performs February 22 February 10 2019

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is proud to present the next thrilling concert in the Portland International Guitar Series XIV featuring living legend Pepe Romero, in a solo concert on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 PM, at The Eliot Center Main Sanctuary, located at 1211 SW Main St. in downtown Portland.  This exciting concert will feature his 75th Anniversary – Jubilee program which includes masterpieces by J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega, Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, and from his own father the patriarch of the family Celedonio Romero (1913-1996).  A master class will precede this much-anticipated concert at 7 PM on Thursday, February 21st, in the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1011 SW 12th Ave. in downtown Portland.

It is no exaggeration to say that Pepe Romero is a living legend in the worlds of both classical and flamenco music. Now turning seventy-five years old, Romero is the second son of the famed Spanish guitarist and composer Celedonia Romero, with whom he was a founding member of the beloved quartet, the Romeros—affectionately known as the "Royal Family of the Guitar." To achieve musical excellence in that context alone would have been notable for most guitarists. But Pepe Romero has gone even farther than world-class ensemble playing, mastering his instrument as a soloist as well, thanks to an astonishing technique, a wide-ranging sensibility, and a seemingly unerring musical taste. Given his larger-than-life reputation, this concert is simply not to be missed.

Over the course of a long career, Romero's contributions to the art of the guitar have been inestimable. Since his public debut at age seven, he has performed regularly, giving literally thousands of concerts, before all sorts of audiences—from avid fans; to eager students; to popes, presidents, kings, and queens. He has been a special guest at all of the prominent classical music festivals—Salzburg, Tanglewood, and Wolf Trap, for example, have all presented him to great acclaim. He has performed with the most renowned ensembles of our time, including the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Boston Pops, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Symphony, the American Sinfonietta, and many others, too numerous to name here. Naturally, he is highly respected and sought after by the world's greatest conductors as well; it is not unusual to find him performing with the likes of Sir Neville Marriner, Eugene Ormandy, Arthur Fiedler, Andre Kostelanetz, and Leonard Slatkin.

Romero's unique musicianship has inspired the creation of wonderful new pieces by such famed composers as Joaquín Rodrigo and Federico Moreno Torroba, as well as by his esteemed father. As a music scholar as well as a performer, Romero rounds out his repertoire by championing the work of lesser-known composers from the history of the guitar, including Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani. Many of his best-loved performances are to be found in his extensive discography, which includes more than eighty recordings. His most recent offering, a Naxos release that featured Ernesto Cordero's new work Concerto Festivo, was nominated for a Latin Grammy.

In addition to his outstanding concert career, Romero is a gifted and dedicated teacher, sought by many for the great wisdom of his experience. His pedagogical credentials include tenures at the University of Southern California, the University of California at San Diego, Southern Methodist University, and the University of San Diego. Master classes like the one he will present for U.S. Classic Guitar have previously been featured by the prestigious Salzburg Summer Academy, the Córdoba Guitar Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. He has received numerous honors and awards for his contributions as both a teacher and a performer, including a Distinguished Artist in Residence appointment at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, a knighthood from King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and the President's Merit Award—presented to all of the Romeros by the Recording Academy, in honor of significant contributions to music.


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.


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.