Portland Classical Guitar (PCG) is proud to announce its season opening gala concerts—the first at the Mt. Angel Abbey on Friday, September 5, and the second at Marylhurst University’s St. Anne’s Chapel, on Friday, September 12. These concerts, each beginning at 8 PM, will mark the official launch of the eagerly-awaited tenth season of PCG’s much-loved annual concert series. It will feature four outstanding guitarists: William Jenks, Peter Zisa, Mario Diaz, and Dan Cosley.
PCG proprietor and series director William Jenks will perform Vivaldi’s iconic Concerto in D Major with members of the Portland Chamber Orchestra—including such stellar local musicians as Tatiana Kolchanova, Janet Brittle, Stefana Berceanu, Travis Chapman, Ashley Peck, Chang Min Lee and more. Jenks is a fixture on the local classical guitar scene, with several excellent recordings under his belt, and a long history of performances in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, and Latin America. He will be touring the latter region this October, with performances in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. And last May he performed at the Dominican Republic’s National Conservatory of Music, where he was also the presiding judge for the VIII Concurso Nacional de Guitara Clasica competition.
Peter Zisa—who will be performing Sor’s “Rondo” from the Grand Solo Sonata, and Tedesco’s “Sonatina” for flute and guitar (the latter with LeeAnn McKenna, flute)—is a versatile guitarist who has released three recordings and several books on music and guitar technique. Zisa has extensive performance experience on the university and festival circuit; among his many honors is a first place award in the annual Solo Classical Guitar Competition sponsored by the American String Teacher’s Association. In 2007, Zisa inaugurated a new Portland winter holiday tradition: the Season of Lights concerts, benefiting local charities. He is also a founding member of the Portland-based East-West chamber group, Thousand Waves.
Mario Diaz is an award-winning guitarist who will perform six selections from Bryan Johanson’s collection of 24 Preludes, “Appassionata” by Ronaldo Miranda, and “Tonada por Despedida” by Juan Antonio Sanchez. Diaz has studied, taught, and toured with leading artists, in both the United States and Latin America. His music is a distinct, engaging blend of Latin, classical, jazz, pop, and flamenco. He teaches music at Portland State University and Portland Community College.
Dan Cosley has written innovative arrangements for guitar, drawing on the music of composers as diverse as Beethoven and Ellington. But he is also an accomplished composer in his own right, and for these concerts he will be premiering his latest solo work, Echoland, which he refers to as a “cubist” blues, exploring the genre via “the refraction of cliches through a prism of modern compositional techniques.” Cosley is an impressive guitarist who has appeared on numerous CDs, and has performed both throughout the US and abroad (including such far flung places as Japan and Italy). He is currently a member of the music faculty at Marylhurst University.
Portland Classical Guitar (PCG) is proud to announce its 2014-15 concert season-marking the ten-year anniversary of this important and much-loved series, which continues to bring world-class talent to the greater Portland area. This season’s lineup is stellar, with a number of outstanding headliners, including Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Ana Vidovic, and Jason Vieaux. Concerts will be held in various locations: either the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, or St. Anne’s Chapel or Wiegand Hall, both on the campus of Marylhurst University. All performances begin at 8 PM sharp.
The series will kick off in Fall 2014 with a special Gala Concert at St. Anne’s Chapel on Friday, September 12. This concert will showcase PCG proprietor William Jenk-performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major with members of the Portland Chamber Orchestra—as well as a number of solos and duets by other prominent and respected local guitarists, including Jeff Ashton, Peter Zisa, Dan Cosley, and Mario Diaz. Following the Gala Concert, the series proper begins with the wonderful Brasil Guitar Duo, performing on Friday, September 26, in Wiegand Hall. A 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition—and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity”—the Brasil Guitar Duo is adept at both classical and Brazilian repertoire.
Next up is Jason Vieaux, performing on Friday, October 10, in St. Anne’s Chapel, with a master class on Thursday, October 9 at 7 PM—both in Wiegand Hall. Considered “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressive virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and is in demand internationally for performances, teaching, and recording. Recordings of Vieaux’s music are regularly heard on radio around the world, and he has been highly praised in such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.”
Following Vieaux is another series favorite: Ana Vidovic, the celebrated Croatian guitarist, who will be making her seventh appearance with PCG on Thursday, November 6, in St. Anne’s Chapel. (Vidovic will also conduct a master class on Friday, November 7 at 11 AM at Wiegand Hall). An extraordinary talent and perennial prizewinner, Vidovic has performed to great acclaim in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, and elsewhere. Her Mel Bay-released DVDs feature beautiful renditions of works from composers as diverse as Torroba, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Paganini, Walton, and Bach.
The first concert of the new year will feature recent Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition winner Anton Baranov (this is the eleventh time PCG has presented a GFA First Prize winner), who will perform Friday, January 9, 2015, at Wiegand Hall.
Following Baranov will be the much-loved Pepe Romero, performing on Friday, February 6, at the First Congregational Church (a master class will follow on Saturday, February 7, at 11 AM at Wiegand Hall). An undisputed living legend, Romero has been honored by kings and queens, heads of state, and major institutions, while staying connected to everyday audiences. He is considered by many an ambassador of the classical guitar. And no wonder: he is the second son of one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived—Celedonio Romero—and brother to two other masters of the instrument—Celin and Angel Romero. Alone and with his remarkable family, Pepe Romero has given literally thousands of concerts worldwide, and has worked with almost every major conductor alive, appearing on more than 60 recordings (among which are 20 concerto recordings with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields), and premiering works by some of the finest composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Lorenzo Palomo, Padre Francisco de Madina, Paul Chihara, Enrique Diemecke, Ernesto Cordero, and, most poignantly, Celedonio Romero.
Romero will be followed by Emmy-nominated John Doan, widely-acknowledged master of the twenty-string harp guitar, presenting his “Homage to Fernando Sor” program on Friday, February 27, in Wiegand Hall. This beautiful composition derives from Doan’s deep love for the works of Sor, an under-appreciated nineteenth-century composer. Following Doan will be Naxos recording artist Jeremy Jouve, performing on Friday, March 13 in Wiegand Hall. Based in Paris, Jouve has delighted audiences and competition judges worldwide. Jouve will be followed on April 24 by PCG proprietor William Jenks, also performing in Wiegand Hall. In addition to his widely-admired work as an educator and presenter, Jenks has an extensive performance history, receiving favorable notices from the Colorado Guitar Festival, the Portland Wine and Arts Festival, the Boulder Colorado Classical Guitar Society, the Newport Performing Arts Center, and Cycle Oregon. He has also performed internationally—in France, Germany, Italy, and the Dominican Republic. Jenks will be followed by Roberto Fabbri and Alberto Cumplido, performing on Friday, May 15, also in Wiegand Hall. Fabbri is a Sony Classical artist, renowned both as a soloist and for his work with the Roberto Fabbri Guitar Quartet. He is also the artistic director of the Fiuggi Guitar Festival. Cumplido is an adventurous guitarist who has collaborated with poets, dancers, and filmmakers; he has also had works commissioned by excellent guitarists like Christian Wernicke and Hilary Field.
Closing out the season will be Roland Dyens, performing on Friday, June 19, at First Congregational Church, and offering a master class on Saturday, June 20, at 11 AM, at Wiegand Hall. An internationally renowned performer, composer, and teacher (he is on faculty at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris), Dyens’ concerts unfold as experiences of emotional awakening for the listener, thanks to his sensitive and colorful approach to the guitar, his engaging artistic open-mindedness, his stage presence, and his prowess at improvisation, a technique not usually found in the modern classical music world. Dyens’ music has become an integral part of the instrument’s repertoire, placing him at the heart of a select group of contemporary guitarist/composers who enjoy such a privileged position.
Season Passes Include all of the following:
- Reserved seating to all 11 concerts of the season (Best seats in the house from the front row back).
- An audit to all four master classes.
- Early entrance at 7:15 PM into each concert of the season (General Public gets let in at 7:30 PM).
- Discounts to additional tickets ( You can purchase additional individual tickets to each performance and your guests can sit with you in the season pass area).
- Transferable Passes (If you can't make a concert or master class, just email the names of the guests you would like to invite and we will have their names at will call).
- An invitation to special events such as artist receptions.