William Jenks and Giovanni Grano in Concert

$29.00

1. $65 - Reserved - Includes upgraded seating closer to the stage.
2. $60  - Senior 60 & Over and Student - Includes upgraded seating closer to the Stage
3. $49  - General Admission 
4. $44 - General Admission (Senior 60 & Over)
5. $44 - General Admission (Student any level with valid student I.D )
6. $44  - Season Ticket Add On  (Season Ticket Holders may purchase additional tickets and their guests can sit with them in the reserved area)
7. $29  - Child under 12 
8. $30 - Master Class Auditor Fee 

 

William Jenks - U.S. Classic Guitar President 
Giovanni Grano - World-Renowned Italian Guitarist

Concert - Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:00 PM 
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles Shatto Chapel - 580 S. Commonwealth Ave. Los Angles, CA  90020 Map
  
Master Class - Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 7-9 PM
Guitar Salon International - 1455 19th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 
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This concert on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM at the Historic First Congregational Church of Los Angeles 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.

William Jenks Biography

William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists best known for his rich musicality and emotionally evocative performances. Not only is he a world class recording artist, sought out for performances and master classes around the globe, he is also the Founder and President of a new nonprofit organization called U.S.Classic Guitar. U.S. Classic Guitar currently presents concerts and master classes in California, Oregon and Hawaii, with more regions to be added in the future.  

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. Jenks received this award alongside the legendary composer Leo Brouwer for his composition, and guitarist Eduardo Isaac for his performance.

Jenks has also focused much of his performance itinerary on the culturally rich region of Latin America. He performed twice in the Dominican Republic. The first time, at the Internacional de Guitarra Fesival in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata. Then he was invited by the Conservatorio Nacional De Musica (also in Santo Domingo) to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, and to judge a major classical guitar competition. He also performed numerous times in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and several places in Chile, including the 15th and 18th annual Festival Entrecuerdas, an international guitar festival that lasts through the month of October. While in Chile, Jenks traveled the countryside performing various concerts and teaching master classes.

Jenks established a strong presence on the festival circuit across the United Sates, with compelling performances at the Colorado Guitar Festival, the Portland Wine and Arts Festival, the Portland Classic Guitar Series, the Festival of Boulder Colorado Classical Guitar Society, the Newport Performing Arts Center, the local Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Cycle Oregon. Jenks participated in a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall in front of an audience of 3000 where he sang in the choir performing the Magnificat, under the celebrated composer and maestro John Rutter.

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 France, Germany, and Italy. He then became the first performer to play at the renovated Elgin Opera House, where, the Elgin Times noted, “he put on a tremendous show.”

Through U.S. Classic Guitar, Jenks presents many concerts annually, often in tandem with master classes, and has earned a loyal following among professional musicians and casual music lovers alike. Most of these concerts sell out, with past performers including many legends of the guitar, some performing in Portland for the very first time. John Williams, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, and the Romeros—the latter drawing a record-breaking audience of 2300—have all performed for the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series. Jenks is equally supportive of the next generation of legends, presenting the U.S. debuts of such artists as Dimitris Kotronakis (from Greece), Gerard Abiton (from France), and Ruben Gonzales (from Cuba), as well as some of the best local up-and-coming guitar talent. 

In addition to performing and stewarding the classical guitar series, Jenks was the brains behind the Portland Classic Guitar teaching studio, which since 2001 has provided invaluable instruction for hundreds of students of all ages and skill levels. Many have gone on to pursue their own music careers. Indeed, Jenks is a much sought-after guitar instructor in Portland and Hawaii, both at the university level and privately. His approach has been informed by some of the best teachers in the world, including Portland guitarists David Franzen,  Bryan Johanson, and Dr. Ken Johnson. Jenks studied with Dr. Johnson at the Colorado Christian University, where he graduated magna cum laude. As a teacher, Jenks generously shares wisdom gained from attending and performing in over 50 master classes of the greatest classical guitarists in the world, such as, Christopher Parkening, Scott Tennant, Ricardo Iznaola, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, the Romeros, John Williams, and others. Jenks was on the music faculty at Marylhurst University as a guitar instructor between 2015 and 2018, before its closure, where he trained classical guitar students working toward their degrees in music and directed the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble.

Giovanni Grano Biography

Giovanni Grano was born in Italy, in Basilicata Region. He studied guitar and graduated with flying colours under Ruggero Chiesa at the "G.Verdi" Academy of music in Milan,after which he attended several master classes with Oscar Ghiglia at the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena, in Gargnano and with H.Smith (lute) in Sesto Fiorentino. He also graduated with honours at the Faculty of Humanities of Bologna and attended further studies at the University of Paleography and Musical Philology in Cremona.

He has published a number of essays on musicology for Bulzoni, Zanibon, E.ro.m. and Bèrben editions and has revised many unknown and rediscovered works for solo guitar as well as for guitar ensembles.His activity as a guitarist has seen him regularly playing in the main capital such as Paris, Hannover, Brno, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Berlin, Milan, Lausanne, London, Dallas, Budapest, St. Petersburg.

He also studied composition  for several years  with F. Donatoni at Milan "G. Verdi Conservatory and conducting in Prague with J. Stvàn.

He has been invited to performe concerts in several prominent festival,such as Salzburg, Zurich,Ljubljana,Printemps de Prague, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Segovia Festival 2002,Voronhez, Mantova Musica Festival, and also in various prestigious halls,where guitar concerts are a rarity(Tonhalle in Zurich, Glinka Theatre in St.Petersburg, Moscow Conservatory, Martinu Hall -Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Columbia University in New York, Plilarmonic Theatre in Tallin, Philarmonic Theatre in Stettin, Auditorio Naciònal in Madrid, Teatro Bibiena in Mantua, Andrés Segovia Fundación in Linares).

He has recorded for the ORF in Austria, RAI in Italy and for national tv and radio broadcasting corporations in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, Mexico, Czech Republic, Rumania  and Hungary.

He plays in duo with the violinists Vadim Brodski and Pavel Berman,with the cellist Mark Varshavski, as well as with many others prominent musicians and ensembles such as the "Kammermusiker Zurich sextet", the "Janacek string quartet", the "Amati string quartet", the "Gaudeamus string quartet", the Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Prague, the Philarmonic Orchestras of Stettin(Poland),Teplice(Czech Rep.)  Ljubljana (Slovenia),Brasov (Rumania) under the conduction of S.Marczyk,G.Costin,J.Stvàn and I.Ionescu-Galati among the others. In his repertoire are the most important concerts (Vivaldi, Carulli, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Giuliani, Boccherini). Having been for many years a regular teacher for "Poetic and dramatic Literature" and for "Music History and Aesthetics", Giovanni Grano actually keeps the chair of guitar at the "F. E. Dall'Abaco" Academy of Music in Verona. Has been invited as "guest professor" to hold a seminary at  the Columbia University in New York in 1997 and a series of lectures on N.Paganini and L. Boccherini in 2005 at the Valencia University (Spain) and Brasov University (Rumania).

He also gives master-classes and lectures in many international Academies (Czech Rep., Russia, Spain, Germany, France, Slovenia, Rumania, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland, Showa Foundation Tokyo University) and in North American Universities (N. Y. Columbia Univ., Dallas Eastfield College, Dallas U.T.A. University, Wesleyan University Connecticut). He is often invited (as  president and member)  to judge guitar competitions in Italy and abroad (Mottola, Pescara, Voronhez, Rust, Brasov etc,). Many prominent composers have dedicated works to him for guitar, guitar ensembles as well as concerts for guitar and orchestra for first performance (V. Kucera, G. Bellucci, A. Spirea, J. Zarate, V. Roncero).

Very recently has performed a solo recital at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall in London. In june 2005 was decorated with the academic title of "Honorary professor of Music" at the Faculty of Musicology of the Brasov University and was invited to give a master class  at the celebrated Yale University.

He has already recorded a series of monographic CD dedicated to the romantic and contemporary music for guitar, to Paganini sonatas for violin and guitar ( in duo with V. Brodski) for the austrian label "Zero Point Music". His last CD "Phantasia" was recorded and produced by the italian label "Symposium". Giovanni Grano ranks among the best guitarists of his generation and he has always been enthusiastically received by the public and critics. He has also been artistic director of some Festivals (Festival del Vulture, Suoni nella Badia, Mantua international guitar festival, Museo di sera, Groznjan festival, S. Maria di Sala).

Giovanni Grano performs with a guitar by  Kolya Panhuyzen, 1994,  and with RC Strings.

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