Carles Pons Altés (Spain), Michele Libraro (Italy), and William Jenks (U.S.A.) - May 18, 2019

Concert - Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Historic Eliot Chapel - 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205 Map


Another noble endeavor for U.S. Classic Guitar is the production of an annual benefit concert for a charitable cause in the community.  This year’s benefit concert is actually two concerts! The first will take place on Saturday, May 18 at the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1101 SW 12 th  Ave and will benefit New Urban High School located in Milwaukie, OR . A second performance for the same cause will be offered on the Oregon Coast on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 PM at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church located at 36335 N Hwy 101, Nehalem, OR. Artists will also visit New Urban High School for an inspirational performance and teaching experience just for the students.
Many students at New Urban High School will be the first in their family to accomplish the diploma milestone. U.S. Classic Guitar will be the cornerstone of the  New Urban Graduation Fund  to help prepare graduating seniors for the next chapter in their lives by offering financial assistance with caps and gowns, business attire for new jobs, and excursions that will help nurture within these young people the belief that achieving milestones, and participating in enlightening experiences, can be a part of their future. The benefit concert will feature world renowned guitarists Cares Pons of Spain, Michele Libraro of Italy, and U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks. All proceeds after costs for these two concerts will be donated to the  New Urban Graduation Fund.   Artists are donating their performance services for both concerts.

CARLES PONS ALTÉS, he began his music studies in the city of Lleida with Mr. Jordi Montagut. Moving to Barcelona in 1986, he attended classes for the Higher Music Degree at the Municipal Higher Conservatoire while undertaking further guitar studies with Mr Manuel González.

He has taught masterclasses and courses at the Bahrain Music Institute (Persian Gulf), the University of Ankara (Turkey), Irun Festival (Spain), Burgos Festival (Spain), Segovia Guitar Festival (Spain), Lima-Perú Festival, Phillips Academy Andover (Boston) , “III International Guitar Festival Pro-musica/SESC” in Caxias do Sul (Brasil) , Branjka Banja (rep. Serbia and Montenegro) in USA (Eastfield College Dallas; Fullerton University LA, UTD Dallas, Oklahoma University, Wesleyan University, and TTU in Lubbock)

Carles is a member of the jury at the International Guitar Competition of Zarautz, in Aranda Duero Competion, Ollería-Luis Mylan (Spain), Caxias Competion (Brasil) ,in Vivace-Lima Contest (Perú) , Sernacelhe Competion (Portugal) ...

He has recorded for Chanel 1 of the RTB (Bahrain Radio and Television), for RAI (Italy), for ETB (Euskadi Television) , for RTT1 (Turkey Radio and television), and UCS-TV (cable tv from Brasil), RTS-Serbia television ..

His concert career has spanned nearly 20 years. Concertizing has taken him to all parts of Spain as well as to Bahrain (Persic Gulf), Turkey, Bulgaria, Brasil , Perú, Germany, Rep. Of Serbia, England, Austria, Mexico, Rep. Slovaquia, French, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Japan …

He has played with orchestras like Barcelona orchestra “Kamerart”, “Fundation Orchestra” of Irún, “Ensemble Instrumental du Léman” of Switzerland, “International Festival Orchestra of Nis (Serbia)”; he has played under such conductors as Jordi Colomer, Juan Jose Ocón, Frank Rodriguez-Freites. Bela Koteles and Michele Santorsola.

Carles has recorded de CD “Bolero para un Ángel” with italian label Sheva; and in 2018, the live recording DVD “Tango”, with the bandoneonist Orlando di Bello

 He plays with Savarez Strings.

William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists. 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 which will present concerts in Portland, Oregon and the Big Island of Hawaii for the first season and many more regions around the nation and beyond in the future.  

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

Jenks established a strong presence on the festival circuit, with compelling performances at the Colorado Guitar Festival, the Portland Wine and Arts Festival, and the Festival Internacional de Guitarra in the Dominican Republic. The Boulder Colorado Classical Guitar Society, the Newport Performing Arts Center, Cycle Oregon, the local Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Mottola, Italy International Guitar Festival, and the Fiuggi International Guitar Festival near Rome, Italy have all featured him. By popular demand, he has also appeared regularly in the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series that he created.

Jenks has also focused much of his performance itinerary on the culturally rich region of Latin America. In 2014, he was invited by the Conservatorio Nacional De Musica (in the Dominican Republic) 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 now 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, and no wonder; past performers have included many legends of the guitar, some of who were visiting Portland for the 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. But Jenks is equally supportive of the next generation of legends, presenting the U.S. debuts of such artists as Dimirtris 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 of whom have gone on to their own music careers. Indeed, Jenks is a much sought-after guitar instructor in Portland and Hawaii both at the university level and privately. He also teaches master classes internationally—most recently in July of 2018, to conservatory students at the Mottola and Fiuggi International Guitar Festivals in Italy, where he was also on the jury for two international guitar competitions. His approach has been informed by some of the best teachers in the world, including Portland guitarists David Franzen, Bryan Johanson, Scott Kritzer, and Dr. Ken Johnson (with whom Jenks studied at 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 celebrated classical guitarists such as Christopher Parkening, Scott Tennant, Ricardo Iznaola, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, the Romeros, John Williams, and more.  

Jenks’s contributions to music were honored by a gorgeous classical guitar, built by renowned luthier Jeffrey Elliott and gifted by an anonymous benefactor. In July 2015, Jenks also received an award from the Fiuggi International Guitar Festival, for his promotion of guitar music. Other recipients of this award have included the legendary composer Leo Brouwer, guitarist Eduardo Isaac, and others.

Jenks was on the music faculty at Marylhurst University as 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. Jenks also operated Portland Classic Guitar, a concert presenting organization, teaching studio and guitar shop through which he directed the aforementioned performance series. He presented fourteen concert seasons, with Portland Classic Guitar and was the only entity of its kind on the West Coast. Among the first featured performers was the renowned guitarist Ana Vidovic, who predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a promise it has since fulfilled, as attested by a leading artist management company.