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2019-2020 International Guitar Series Season Grand Finale July 29 2020

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is excited to announce the Grand Finale of the 2019-2020 Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii International Guitar Series sponsored by the Augustine Foundation, Guitar Salon International, Darren Hippner Guitars, All Classical 89.9 FM, Willamette Week, and Hawaii Public Radio.

Because of the current covid-19 pandemic situation, the board of U.S. Classic Guitar has made the decision to finish out the 2019-2020 Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii International Guitar Series virtually online through Zoom bringing you the finest in sound and video quality right to your living room hosted by U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks. Not only is this going to be the safest option for everyone, we believe it will also be a lot of fun and a great way for us all to connect during this difficult time. Zoom is quite easy to use and it has a lot of great features such as the ability for the audience to interact with the performers after the concert or ask a question during a master class.  William Jenks will give you more information on how to use Zoom and he will schedule a practice Zoom meeting before the first event if you need to familiarize yourself with this platform. 

Most importantly the show must go on, and this will provide a way to bring a revenue stream back to our organization so we can continue to bring you top notch performances and guitar related education for years to come. Our organization has seen a 95 percent drop in revenue since the pandemic hit in March and we obviously will not be able to sustain this without your support and the continuation of our programming.  Also, the majority of the ticket sales for these concerts will go directly to the artists who have also seen a huge drop in their income since the pandemic hit back in March. We are kindly asking you to help out this situation by accepting the online series for the remainder of your 2019-2020 season ticket, transferring your individual tickets to the online ticket, or donating the remaining value of your individual or season tickets for a tax deductible donation. Also, please encourage your friends and family to purchase online tickets and if you can, please consider making an additional tax deductible donation to help keep this organization going strong.

First, on Saturday, August 29 at 1 PM (PST) will be a virtual master class for Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux followed by a solo concert on Sunday, August 30 at 4 PM (PST) from his home in Cleveland. If you got the pleasure in seeing him perform in Portland back in October of 2019, you won’t want to miss this because he will be playing an entirely new program including works by Bach, Albeniz, Ponce, several of his own new compositions, and more. Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today's classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001. He has received a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, and first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition.

Next, on Saturday, October 3 at 1 PM (PST) will be a virtual master class for the legendary guitarist Eliot Fisk followed by a concert on Sunday, October 4 at 4 PM (PST) (these are rescheduled dates due to the Oregon wildfires). Eliot Fisk will perform solos and duets with his lovely wife Zaira Meneses from their home in Boston presenting an entirely different and exclusive program including works by Chopin, Brouwer, Bach, Barrios, and more.

Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. After nearly 50 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.” Eliot Fisk was the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia and also studied interpretation with the legendary harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale University, from which he graduated “summa cum laude” in 1976, and where, directly following his own graduation in 1977, he founded the guitar department at the Yale School of Music.

Zaira Meneses is hailed by the New York Times as:  "a captivating edge full of colors and feelings" and is recognized as the first female Mexican classical guitarist with a successful career as a soloist, teacher, and director in the USA. She was also the first female guitarist to record a new 45-minute album of J.S. BACH compositions where she includes her own guitar transcription of the well-known Partita No.2 in D minor.

The final concert of the 2019-2020 U.S. International Guitar Series grand finale presented by U.S. Classic Guitar will be brought to you aloha style from the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday, November 15 at 4 PM (Pacific Time) where U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks will perform with Hawaii based guitarist Ian O’Sullivan.

William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists best known for his rich musicality and emotionally evocative performances. Jenks has had an extensive performance career which has brought him around the world performing concerts, teaching master classes, and serving on the jury for many important international guitar festivals. In April and May of 2019, Jenks performed solo concerts, taught master classes, and served on the jury for several international guitar festivals in Europe including the 17th International Guitar Festival in Peniscola, Spain, the 17th International Guitar Festival in Hondarribia, Spain, the Rust, Austria International Guitar Festival, and the Skopje, Macedonia International Guitar Festival.  In July of 2018 he performed at the International Guitar Festival in Mottola, Italy and he returned to perform at the Fiuggi, Italy International Guitar Festival where he received an award on his previous trip for his promotion of guitar music. 

Ian O’Sullivan is a classically-trained guitarist and composer from the North Shore of O’ahu. Well-versed in Hawaiian music and the ‘ukulele, in addition to the western classical repertoire, Ian has performed with guitar luminaries such as Benjamin Verdery, Andrew York, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Scott Tennant and Martha Masters just to name a few. He has performed internationally as well as throughout the United States including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.  In 2013 Ian released his first solo album “Born and Raised,” featuring his original compositions alongside music of fellow Hawaii composers. In 2016 he released his second album “Songs for the North Shore”- a set of original compositions written for specific places and stories from the North Shore of O‘ahu.

*Please Note: The David Russell and Angel Romer/Nina Kotova concerts have been rescheduled to the following dates, locations, and times:

David Russell Portland Concert - Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8 PM  

First Congregational Church of Portland (1126 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR)

David Russell Los Angeles Concert - Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 8 PM

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (540 S. Commonwealth Ave. Los Angeles, CA)

David Russell Hawaii Concert - Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7 PM

Kahilu Theatre (67-1186 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI)

Angel Romero and Nina Kotova Portland Concert - Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8 PM

First Congregational Church of Portland (1126 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR)

Angel Romero and Nina Kotova Los Angeles Concert - Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 8 PM

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (540 S. Commonwealth Ave. Los Angeles, CA)

All individual tickets purchased for the original 2020 dates in Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii will be valid for the new rescheduled 2021 dates. More information on the David Russell and Angel Romero master classes will be announced soon. To request a voucher in lieu of your tickets which can be used for other U.S. Classic Guitar events including the online series, please email us at info@usclassicguitar.org.


A Special Message from U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks May 01 2020

A Special Message from U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks

I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented historic time. We must all pull together to fight this horrible pandemic which is attacking us all at a physical, emotional, economical, and psychological level. We will get through this and these four points came to mind to help us through this time:

  1. We can stop the spread of the virus by practicing good hygiene, by honoring our government and public health official orders for social distancing and quarantining, and by wearing protective gear when required such as masks.
  2. We can take care of ourselves and others by continuing to exercise, do things that make us happy and lift our spirit such as playing the guitar, stay away from self-destructive behaviors, and most of all be kind to others and help those in need whenever we can.
  3. While this is effecting many of us financially, we can take advantage of the programs that are out there for individuals and business provided by the federal government, local government, and private sectors. U.S. Classic Guitar has applied for some of these programs to help support us through this time and our applications are in progress.
  4. We should realize that this will pass and we should not lose sight of our hopes and dreams.

The arts matter and the show must go on. Because of your continued patronage and support, U.S. Classic Guitar has created a unique and special experience for our audience and students through the presentation of world-class artists live in concert in inspiring and beautiful venues. Also, we have provided an opportunity for aspiring music students and guitarists to learn from the best artists in the world in master classes, lectures, and private lessons. This important vision and mission of U.S. Classic Guitar has positively impacted our community and will continue to the regions of Portland, Los Angeles, Hawaii and beyond. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and for your continued patronage.   

Due to the extended stay at home order for the states of California, Oregon, and Hawaii, which will very likely be in effect through the end of May, we have made the decision to postpone the Angel Romero and Nina Kotova concerts scheduled for May 15 in Portland and May 17 in Los Angeles.  As of now, our plan is to move all the concerts that were postponed this spring to this summer beginning in late June with Grammy Award Winner Jason Vieaux in Los Angeles and the remaining rescheduled concerts will  continue through August and possibly September.  Stay tuned for the rescheduled dates of the 2019-2020 season this summer and the announcement of the exciting upcoming 2020-2021 series beginning next fall. New dates will be contingent on orders and conditions of local governments. All plans are subject to change as new developments and recommendations for resuming business and events arise.

As with all concerts that are being rescheduled during this pandemic, we are providing the following options for you if you bought individual tickets:

  1. Hold on to your tickets and they will be valid for the new rescheduled date for the same artist.
  2. Exchange your ticket for another performance once the new schedule has been posted.
  3. Donate the value of your ticket and receive an acknowledgement letter for your tax deductible donation.

For those that bought season tickets, we will be satisfying the value of your tickets through the rescheduled concert dates this season.

We are not offering refunds at this time because we have made a financial commitment to reschedule the artists rather than cancel and secure the venues for their rescheduled performances. Issuing refunds could jeopardize the continuation of the series. Thank you for your understanding.

When we resume our concerts again, your safety will be our first priority and we will strictly follow local, state, and federal government guidelines. We will take whatever measures necessary to achieve that, such as potentially reducing our audience capacity at concerts to allow for social distancing, exploring the idea of outdoor concerts as weather permits, provide a clean sanitary environment for our audience, and ask anyone to not attend a concert if they are sick and ask them to request a voucher for a future performance.  As things develop and change through this time, we will make necessary adjustments in our plans for your safety.

Here are some ways you can help support our organization through this time.

  1. Hold on to your tickets and show up to the concerts when we resume our programming.
  2. Purchase tickets once the new dates are confirmed and the tickets go on sale.
  3. Make a tax deductible donation to U.S. Classic Guitar which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
  4. Donate your ticket as a tax deductible donation.
  5. Consider taking online guitar lessons with myself or one of the other U.S. Classic Guitar instructors.
  6. Purchase a guitar from U.S. Classic Guitar which helps support our organization.

Sincerely,

William Jenks

 


The March and April concerts in Los Angeles, Portland, and Hawaii have been postponed duo to the covid-19 pandemic. March 14 2020

Dear Friends and Patrons of U.S. Classic Guitar,
The March and April concerts and master classes for David Russell, Giovanni Grano, and William Jenks in Los Angeles, Portland, and Hawaii have been postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
We are monitoring the progression of the pandemic closely and once the government and public health officials say it is safe for public gatherings to resume again we will announce the rescheduled concert dates.  Thank you for your patience and please stay healthy and safe during this difficult time. We are all in this together and we will get through this.
While we do not offer refunds for rescheduled concerts, we would like to offer these three options for those that bought individual concert tickets:
  1. Hang on to your David Russell and Giovanni Grano/William Jenks tickets which will be valid for their new rescheduled concert dates. The rescheduled concert dates will be announced as soon as possible.
  2. Receive a voucher for the value of your ticket purchase which will be valid for any future concert of the remaining 2019-2020 season as well as the next 2020-2021 season.
  3. Donate the value of your ticket purchase for a tax deductible donation.
 Once you decide what you’d like to do, here’s the best way to reach us:
  • By email (preferred): info@usclassicguitar.org
  • By phone: 971.715.8097 (Mon-Fri, 9:30am – 5:30pm)
We want to do our part to make sure our audiences stay safe and healthy. Thank you for your support and understanding.

LA Phil Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, Mak Grgic, and Mateusz Kowaslski Perform February 23 in Los Angeles February 12 2020

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to invite you to the second concert of the Los Angeles International Guitar Series on Sunday, February 23 at 8:00 PM at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Shatto Chapel presented by U.S. Classic Guitar featuring an exciting violin and guitar duo performance for the first half of the concert with violinist Martin Chalifour (LA Phil's concertmaster since 1995) playing on a historic Stradivarius violin built in 1711 which was once owned by composer George Frederick Handel and more recently by violinist-composer Fritz Kreisler. He will be playing duos with famed LA based Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic who is touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post. Their exciting program will include works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Piazzolla, and more.
The second half of the concert will feature a solo performance by the young classical guitar virtuoso of Poland, Mateusz Kowalski, who is the first prize winner of the prestigious 2019 EuroStrings competition. His diverse program will include works by Tárrega, Schubert, Bach, Barrios, Guilliani and more who Classical Guitar Magazine said, "Young Mr. Kowalski was spectacular, `{`...`}` truly breathtaking!"
The concert will take place at the gorgeous and inspirational historic First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Shatto Chapel featuring outstanding acoustics and concert ambience. Don't miss this incredible show!

The Hawaii International Guitar Series 2019-2020 Inaugural Season December 09 2019

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks  is honored to announce the inaugural season of the 2019-2020 Hawaii International Guitar Series  which will feature five outstanding concerts of the top classical guitarists in the world which will run between December 15, 2019 and the final concert will be on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. 

Over the last fourteen years, William Jenks has established himself as a premier leader in the industry presenting the  Portland International Guitar series  which is one of the most important and celebrated classical guitar presenting and educational organizations in the nation with the presentation of over 150 concerts of the greatest classical guitarists in the world including the Romeros; John Williams; Manuel Barrueco; Roland Dyens; the Assad Duo; Grammy award winners Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and many more. Among the featured performers in the series was famed guitarist Ana Vidovic, who predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a prediction now fulfilled.
 
To open this eminent series on  Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 PM  will be Mak Grgic  who is emerging as a star on the world wide stage and is touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post. 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 avant-garde and microtonal music, Mak'st eraordinary talents and tastes as soloist, collaborator, and recording artist are fueled by his curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy. This concert will take place at a private residence in Hawi with panoramic coastal and mountain views.

On Sunday, January 12 at 4 PM also in Hawi will be Spanish guitarist  Virginia Luque  who is returning back on popular demand after dazzling our Portland audience two years ago. She plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship. She is a former private student of Andre Segovia and holds a Master’s degree from Julliard School of Music. She is also the music director and conductor of the New York Women's Philharmonic. 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.

Next on  Sunday, February 16  at 4 PM in Hawi will be an exciting concert featuring Polish guitarist  Mateusz Kowalski  who recently won first prize in the prestigious EuroStrings Guitar Competition held in London (July 2019) which is a competition only open to first prize winners of 17 European Guitar festivals held in 2018 and 2019. In addition to the EuroStrings competition, he also won first prize in numerous other competitions and recorded his debut CD in 2018 distributed by NAXOS.

On  Saturday, March 28 at 7 PM at the Kahilu Theatre  in Waimea will be the legendary Scottish guitarist  David Russell  who won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his CD Aire Latino in the category of best solo instrumental classical album and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America in 2018. Classical guitarist David Russell is one of the leading guitarists of our time and is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. Mr. Russell has a vast repertoire and has recorded 27 albums. He has performed throughout the globe in the major concert halls of the world. 

The final concert on  Easter Sunday, April 12  at 4 PM in Hawi will feature Hawaii and Portland based U.S. Classic Guitar President  William Jenks  with internationally renowned Italian guitarist  Giovanni Grano .  William Jenks has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Mexico and has recently returned from a tour to Spain, Austria, and Macedonia in May of 2019 where he performed solo concerts, taught master classes, and served on the jury for several international guitar competitions. Giovanni Grano also performs and teaches internationally and has recorded a series of CDs dedicated to romantic and contemporary music for guitar. His most recent CD called Phantasia was recorded and produced by the Italian label Symposium. This will be the annual U.S. Classic Guitar benefit concert which will help support a local need or charity in our community..

In addition to five outstanding concerts, U.S. Classic Guitar remains committed to education and there will be a master classes with Grammy award winner David Russell on Sunday, March 29 at 11:00 AM also in Hawi. U.S. Classic Guitar will also be conducting educational outreaches to local schools.

Season Ticket Holders get the most benefits including over 30% of savings, the best seating in the house, early entrance to each performance, discounts on additional tickets for their guests, and invitations to private events such as artist receptions. Season Ticket holders also receive an audit ticket to the master class. Season ticket holders may transfer their ticket to another person of their choice by emailing us at info@usclassicguitar.org or texting us at 971-715-8097.

Mahalo for your support!


Exciting News - The Los Angeles International Guitar Series is Here! November 14 2019

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is honored to announce the opening season of the 2020 Los Angeles International Guitar Series which will feature six outstanding concerts of the top classical guitarists in the world which will run between January 18, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Over the last fourteen years, William Jenks has established himself as a premier leader in the industry presenting the Portland International Guitar series which is one of the most important and celebrated classical guitar presenting and educational organizations in the nation with the presentation of over 150 concerts of the greatest classical guitarists in the world including the Romeros; John Williams; Manuel Barrueco; Roland Dyens; the Assad Duo; Grammy award winners Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and many more. Among the featured performers in the series was famed guitarist Ana Vidovic, who predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a prediction now fulfilled.  
 
To open this eminent series on Saturday, January 18 at 8 PM will be Spanish guitarist Virginia Luque who is returning back on popular demand after dazzling our Portland audience two years ago. She plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship. She is a former private student of Andre Segovia and holds a Master’s degree from Julliard School of Music. She is also the music director and conductor of the New York Women's Philharmonic. 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. This concert will take place in the inspirational and intimate Shatto Chapel of FCCLA.

Next, on Sunday, February 23 at 8 PM also at the Shatto Chapel of FCCLA will be an exciting concert featuring Mateusz Kowalski of Poland who recently won first prize in the prestigious EuroStrings Guitar Competition held in London (July 2019) which is a competition only open to first prize winners of 17 European Guitar festivals held in 2018 and 2019. In addition to the EuroStrings competition, he also won first prize in numerous other competitions and recorded his debut CD in 2018 distributed by NAXOS. This concert will also feature LA's very own concertmaster of the LA Phil, Martin Chalifour, playing duets on a historic Stradivarius violin with Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic who is emerging as a star on the world wide stage and is touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post. 

On Saturday, 
March 14 at 8 PM will be the legendary Scottish guitarist David Russell who won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his CD Aire Latino in the category of best solo instrumental classical album and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America in 2018. Classical guitarist David Russell is one of the leading guitarists of our time and is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. Mr. Russell has a vast repertoire and has recorded 27 albums. He has performed throughout the globe in the major concert halls of the world. This concert will take place at the serene St. Mary's Chapel located at the Chalon campus of Mount Saint Mary's University.

The next concert on Saturday, 
April 18 at 8 PM at the Shatto Chapel of FCCLA will feature Hawaii and Portland based U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks with internationally renowned Italian guitarist Giovanni Grano William Jenks has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Mexico and has recently returned from a tour to Spain, Austria, and Macedonia in May of 2019 where he performed solo concerts, taught master classes, and served on the jury for several international guitar competitions. Giovanni Grano also performs and teaches internationally and has recorded a series of CDs dedicated to romantic and contemporary music for guitar. His most recent CD called Phantasia was recorded and produced by the Italian label SymposiumThis will be the annual U.S. Classic Guitar benefit concert which will help support a local need or charity in our community.

The next exciting concert of the season on Sunday, May 17 at 8 PM located at the gorgeous First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) Main Sanctuary which features an incredible ambiance and the largest pipe organ in the world 
will be the legendary Spanish Guitarist Angel Romero of the Royal Family of the Guitar with world renowned cellist Nina KotovaTheir recent sold out performance at Carnegie Hall was a tremendous success and they continue to dazzle audiences across the globe with their thrilling performances. 

Considered to be one of the greatest guitarists in the world, at the age of sixteen, he was the first guitarist to ever perform with the LA Phil where he premiered Joaquín Rodrigo's 
Concierto de Aranjuez at the Hollywood Bowl. After an extremely successful career as a soloist, recording artist, conductor, and member of the Romero Quartet, he returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2016 where he premiered another concerto written for him by the Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin. This performance in front of a sold out audience of 17,500 with the LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel was recorded live and is now available on a Blue Ray disc called Tango Under the Stars.

The final grand finale concert of the series on Saturday, June 27 at 8:00 PM also at the FCCLA Main Sanctuary will be Jason Vieaux who won a Grammy award in 2015 for best solo instrumental classical album. He has been described by NPR as, "perhaps the most soulful classical guitarist of his generation" and by Gramaphone as, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists. Just recently on October 27, 2019 he held a captivated Portland audience spellbound with his interpretations of a wide repertoire from Johann Sebastian Bach to Pat Metheny. 

In addition to six outstanding concerts, U.S. Classic Guitar remains committed to education and there will be master classes to accompany each performance. 

Season Ticket Holders get the most benefits including savings of $295 per individual ticket or over $1360 of savings for a group of 4 tickets (Based on $65 per reserved ticket plus $30 per master class), the best seating in the house, early entrance to each performance, discounts on additional tickets for their guests, and invitations to private events such as artist receptions. Season Ticket holders also receive an audit ticket to each master class. Season ticket holders may transfer their ticket to another person of their choice by emailing us at info@usclassicguitar.org or texting us at 971-715-8097.

Thank you for your support!

Please Note: Concerts Start at 8:00 PM. Doors Open to the venue 45 minutes before the show and the doors to the hall open 30 minutes prior to show time. Season ticket holders and reserved ticket holders are let in first to select their seats.

Exciting News! The Portland International Guitar Series 2019-2020 Season XV is Here! August 28 2019

U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to announce the exciting 2019-2020 Portland International Guitar Series XV which will feature six outstanding concerts of the top classical guitarists in the world
 
To open the series on Sunday, October 27 at 5:00 PM at the First Congregational Church will be Jason Vieaux who won a Grammy award in 2015 for best solo instrumental classical album. He has been described by NPR as, "perhaps the most soulful classical guitarist of his generation" and by Gramaphone as, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists.  

On 
Friday, January 17 at 8 PM will be Spanish guitarist Virginia Luque who is returning back on popular demand after dazzling our Portland audience two years ago. She plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship. She is a former private student of Andre Segovia and holds a Master’s degree from Julliard School of Music. She is also the music director and conductor of the Women’s New York Philharmonic. 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.

Next on Friday, February 21 at 8 PM will be Polish guitarist Mateusz Kowalski who recently won first prize in the prestigious EuroStrings Guitar Competition held in London (July 2019) which is a competition only open to first prize winners of 17 European Guitar festivals held in 2018 and 2019. In addition to the EuroStrings competition, he also won first prize in the International Guitar Festival Rust Austria (2018), the Joaquin Rodrigo International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn, Poland (2018), the XIX International Guitar Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland (2018), and the XVIII International Guitar Competition in Anthony, Paris, France (2017). Mateusz has given concerts in Spain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and many others. Furthermore, he recorded his debut CD in 2018 with the Polish label CDaccord, distributed by NAXOS.

On 
Friday, March 20 at 8 PM will be the legendary Scottish guitarist David Russell who won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his CD Aire Latino in the category of best solo instrumental classical album and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America in 2018. Classical guitarist David Russell is one of the leading guitarists of our time and is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. Mr. Russell has a vast repertoire and has recorded 27 albums. He has performed throughout the globe in the major concert halls of the world. 

The next concert on Saturday, April 25 at 8 PM at the Historic Eliot Chapel will feature Hawaii and Portland based U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks with internationally renowned Italian guitarist Giovanni Grano.  William Jenks has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Mexico and has recently returned from a tour to Spain, Austria, and Macedonia in May of 2019 where he performed solo concerts, taught master classes, and served on the jury for several international guitar competitions. Giovanni Grano also performs and teaches internationally and has recorded a series of CDs dedicated to romantic and contemporary music for guitar. His most recent CD called Phantasia was recorded and produced by the Italian label Symposium. This will be the annual U.S. Classic Guitar benefit concert which will help support a local need or charity in our community.

The final grand finale concert of the season on Friday, May 15 at 8 PM will be the legendary Spanish Guitarist Angel Romero of the Royal Family of the Guitar with world renowned cellist Nina Kotova. Their recent sold out performance at Carnegie Hall was a tremendous success and they continue to dazzle audiences across the globe with their thrilling performances. 

Considered to be one of the greatest guitarists in the world, at the age of sixteen, he was the first guitarist to ever perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he premiered Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez at the Hollywood Bowl. After an extremely successful career as a soloist, recording artist, conductor, and member of the Romero Quartet, he returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2016 where he premiered another concerto written for him by the Argentinian composer Lalo Schifrin. This performance in front of a sold out audience of 17,500 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel was recorded live and is now available on a Blue Ray disc called Tango Under the Stars.

The Jason Vieaux, David Russell, and Angel Romero Concerts will be held at the beautiful historic First Congregational Church located at 1126 SW Park Ave.in the cultural rich district of downtown Portland near other performing arts venues and the Portland Art Museum. 

The Virginia Luque, Mateusz Kowalski,and the William Jenks and Friends concerts will be held at the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1011 SW 12th Ave. also in downtown Portland. 

In addition to six outstanding concerts, U.S. Classic Guitar remains committed to education and there will be master classes to accompany each performance. The master classes will be held at the same location as each concert but in the the smaller space of the First Congregational Church Chapel and the Channing Room of the Eliot Chapel.

Season Ticket Holders get the most benefits including over $200 of savings the best seating in the house, early entrance to each performance, discounts on additional tickets for their guests, and invitations to private events such as artist receptions.  Season Ticket holders also receive an audit ticket to each master class.  Season ticket holders may transfer their ticket to another person of their choice by emailing us at info@usclassicguitar.org or texting us at 971-715-8097.

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An Evening at the Rosette July 09 2019

You’re invited to a special event hosted by U.S. Classic Guitar in the historic town of Aurora, Oregon on Saturday, August 3rd, beginning at 5 PM. Come enjoy a delicious Hawaiian Style Barbecue and an exciting evening of two concerts. These concerts will take place outside, on private property, marking the reopening of a historic music venue called The Rosette which was used by the Aurora Colony from 1856 through 1920. Since 1972, the Jenks Family (Richard, Jocelyn, Rayna, William, Saige, Zach and Grant) have owned this 40 acre parcel and have been making music on it ever since. After 100 years, the style of music might have changed but the magic and energy of this musical venue will live on! 

U.S. Classic Guitar and the Jenks Family plan to host annual private summer concerts and musical festivals during the month of August.  The Rosette will not replace the Portland International Guitar Series taking place at the Eliot Center in Downtown Portland, but is intended to be an added new summer venue to host a variety of musical genres and events.  The new upcoming 2019-2020 U.S International Guitar Series in Portland, Los Angeles and Hawaii will be announced soon with a sneak preview at the Rosette concert.

Come early to celebrate with a Hawaiian Style BBQ from at 5 PM hosted by Michelle Augello and William Jenks.  Then kick back and savor the soothing sounds of classical guitar music for the first concert of the evening at 6 PM with a variety of musical styles from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras, as well as music from Spain, Ireland, and Latin America. This concert will feature U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks and U.S. Classic Guitar intern instructor Keaton Woodburn (a former student of William Jenks currently studying with Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University).  The first concert will also feature Rayna Jenks (William’s sister) who is a talented musician.  She will sing and play guitar to a set of Irish, folk, and original songs with percussionist Jeff Blackburn.  Everyone will join in for a performance of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin where William Jenks will play lead guitar.

The second concert at 8 PM will feature the soulful, bluesy, soft rock sounds of the band Desember comprised of Zach Jenks and Grant Jenks(William’s two sons) and lifelong friend Andrew Torian, with tracks off their new debut album, Chasing the Sun. This exciting new band is quickly gaining popularity across a variety of Portland venues with their original and eclectic style.

Event  Details
5PM - Hawaiian Style BBQ 
Menu Includes:
BBQ coconut ginger basil chicken and veggie kabobs
BBQ teriyaki ginger beef and veggie kabobs
Salads – potato salad and pasta salad
Fresh fruit - watermelon and pineapple
Soft drinks

 

6PM - 1st Concert
William Jenks
Rayna Jenks
Keaton Woodburn

 

8PM - 2nd Concert             
Desember Concert
Zach Jenks – Lead guitar and Vocals
Grant Jenks – Drums, Keyboards, and Vocals
Drew Torian – Bass and Vocals