U.S Classic Guitar has changed the Portland venue for the remainder of our 2022 season to The Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 147 NW 19th Ave, Portland Oregon.
- Savings off the regular Reserved ticket price.
- Premium Reserved Seating to all concerts and huge savings off individual Reserved Ticket prices.
- Includes audit to all master classes.
- Early entrance to the Hall before the general public.
- Discounts for additional tickets.
- Special invitations to private artist receptions and other events.
- Access to the online virtual version of the concerts and master classes.
- Season Ticket Holders may transfer their tickets to another guest (season tickets are not transferable to a different location other than where the ticket was purchased but additional tickets for another location maybe purchased at a discount
U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2022 Updated Schedule!
Adam Levin Portland Master Class – Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
*Adam Levin Portland Concert – Thursday, June 9 at 7 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
*New Venue and Start Time of 7 PM
Roberto Fabbri, Michele Libraro, and William Jenks
*Portland Concert - Friday, August 26 at 7 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
*New Start Time of 7 PM
*Angel Romero and Bokyung Byun
Angel Romero and Bokyung Byun Portland Master Class – Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Angel Romero with Bokyung Byun Portland Concert - Friday, September 9 at 7 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
*New Venue and Start Time of 7 PM
Concerts Start at 7 PM except Sunday Concerts start at 4 PM. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each concert. Season ticket holders will be let in first to select their seats. Enough seats will be held in the reserved section for season ticket holders up to the start time of the concert. At the artist's request for her own safety, Sharon Isbin asks that the audience kindly wear a mask in the concert hall and lobby for her performance and master class. As of 4-15-22 all other events of the series from this point forward masks will be optional. We will no longer be checking proof of vaccination at the door.
Programming is subject to change and no refunds will be given under any circumstance including a change in date, venue, or artist. If a concert is postponed or cancelled, a substitute concert will scheduled.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each concert. Season ticket holders will be let in first to select their seats. Enough seats will be held in the reserved section for season ticket holders up to the start time of the concert.
U.S. Classic Guitar is thrilled to announce the U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2022 artist line-up and the return to live concerts and master classes again in the areas of Portland, Los Angeles, and on the Big Island of Hawaii. The concerts and master classes will also be streamed live for a pay-per-view audience that wishes to watch these events virtually. This season will include some of the greatest guitarists in the world including the Romero Quartet, Grammy-winners Sharon Isbin and David Russell, the legendary Angel Romero with Koren guitarist and Guitar Foundation of America winner Bokyung Byun, 2022 Grammy nominee Mak Grgic and rising star Adam Levin. The series will also include a concert featuring world-renowned artists Roberto Fabbri and Daughters, Michele Libraro, and U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks.
First, we would like to give a special thanks to the Augustine Foundation for their generous support as well as to our other sponsors including Guitar Salon International, The Kahilu Theatre foundation, and various other individuals, foundations, and businesses. U.S. Classic Guitar is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and we rely on your support. As we enter 2022, please consider making a tax deductible donation, become a sponsor, or join our team of distinguished volunteers.
Our concert and master class venues this season will include the gorgeous historic First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the Kahilu Theatre in Hawaii, a beautiful private venue on the Big Island of Hawaii called the Cliffs at BellaVista, and our newest exciting venue in Portland called Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Our master class venue in LA will be the Guitar Salon International which is the leading classical shop in the world.
The season will kick off in late January of 2022 with rising star Mak Grgic who has quickly established himself as one of the up-and-coming performers in the guitar genre, whos program includes music as far reaching as works from the avant-garde, film music to the great classics of guitar repertoire and transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler. 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 [GER-gich] is a star on the worldwide stage. This special performance will include an all J.S. Bach program on a unique well tempered guitar.
Next, in February will be the legendary Romero Quartet performing their 60-year anniversary tour featuring Celin, Pepe, Celino, and Lito Romero. Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros have performed in major performance venues of the world, such as Carnegie Hall. They were also asked to perform at the White House and in 1983 they appeared at the Vatican for the Pope John Paul II. King Juan Carlos knighted Celin, Pepe, and Angel into the Isabel la Catolica. Since the Romero family came to the United States in 1957, they have consistently dazzled audiences everywhere and have inspired enthusiastic praise from critics coast to coast. The Romeros have given thousands of concerts all over the world; today, they continue to produce music which is extraordinary. Whether performing as a quartet, duo or as soloists in recital and with symphony orchestra, the Romeros prevail as champions in the realm of classical guitar.
David Russell dazzled our online audience this last March of 2021 with an incredible performance from his home in Spain and now he will be returning to perform for us live this March in 2022 with a completely different program. He received a Grammy-award for his CD called Air Latino, he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America. He is a very prolific recording artist and his discography includes seventeen CDs with Telarc International. The New York Times wrote about his performance: "... Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension".
Performing in May will be Sharon Isbin who is acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility. She is a multiple Grammy-award winner and she was named the 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year and the first guitarist ever to receive the coveted honor in its 59- year award history. Hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” she is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s Best Classical Guitarist award, Germany’s Echo Klassik, Concert Artists Guild’s Virtuoso Award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich ARD Competition. She has performed with the major orchestras and important venues of the world and her catalogue of over 30 albums from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion, has sold nearly a million copies and reflects her remarkable versatility. She is also the director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history).
Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize-winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin will be performing for us in June. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.
August will feature Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri performing with his two daughters vocalist Francesca Fabbri and violist Valeria Fabbri; Italian guitarist Michele Libraro; and U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks. In 2007, Soundboard magazine stated that, “Roberto Fabbri is flamboyant and technically astonishing - a definite crowd pleaser.” He currently records for Sony classical where he often composes and performs his own music. Michele Libraro is the recipient of “The Golden guitar Prize” at the 7th International Guitar Meeting in Alessandria, Italy in September of 2002 and he is the winner of various National competitions such as those of Genova, Pescara, Taranto, Locorotondo, Napoli and Matera. 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 U.S. Classic Guitar. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe and has taught master classes and served on the jury for several International guitar competitions.
To close the series in September will be the legendary Angel Romero whos is a member of the Romero family but left the quartet to focus on his solo career and conducting. Hailed for his superior artistry as a master of Spanish guitar, Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as a soloist and a conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Angel Romero has appeared with the world’s major orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. For these exiting concerts in September, he will be joined by Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun who is the most recent first prize winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America solo guitar competition. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Byun’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship.” She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California. She is grateful to the masterful instruction of her pedagogues, who include Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Chen Zhi, Tae-soo Kim, and Sharon Isbin. This exciting concert will feature solos from each of them as well as duets.
Please join us for this monumental season by becoming a season ticket holder (our best value) or purchasing individual tickets. Also, we want to ask you to consider supporting U.S. Classic Guitar which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization at a deeper level by making a tax-deductible donation or joining our group of distinguished volunteers. We also have some great sponsorship packages for businesses. Thank you for your support!