2013-2014 Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series
West Linn, OR (June 2013). Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) is proud to
announce its 2013-14 season of concerts. Now in its ninth year, this much loved series, directed by PCG proprietor William Jenks, runs from October to June. For 2013-14, Jenks
will be featuring twelve world-class guitarists, in ten concerts—each an unparalleled opportunity for Portland-area music fans to experience the very best in live
classical guitar performance. All performances begin at 8 PM. Many of the artists will also give master classes; all master classes are held at Marylhurst University’s
First up is series veteran Ana Vidovic. A prodigy and former student
of Manuel Barrueco, Vidovic has been hailed as “one of the premier classical guitarists of her generation” (Richard Patterson). She is a multi-faceted artist who
has been touring internationally since she was 11, gracing stages in the US, Europe, Japan, Brazil, Korea, and elsewhere. Vidovic has won some of the most important
competitions in the circuit, including the Francisco Tarrega International Competition. She will perform at St. Anne’s Chapel, at Marylhurst University, on Friday,
October 11, 2013; she will give a master class the following day. Vidovic will be followed on Saturday, October 26 by Ruben Gonzalez, a wonderful guitarist who has been
a well-kept secret in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Argentina—until now. Help Gonzalez reach the broader audience he deserves when he performs at Wiegand
Hall, also at Marylhurst.
One of the high points of the season comes next: the duo of Celin and
Celino Romero, who will perform on Friday, November 22nd , at the First Congregational Church, in downtown Portland, with a master class the following day. Hailing from the
famed “Royal Family of the Guitar”—favorites of the PCG series—Celin and Celino are father and son, members of the Romero dynasty who proudly and
expertly uphold the tradition of excellence inaugurated by the legendary patriarch, Celedonio, while simultaneously helping to bring new audiences to classical guitar music.
This concert promises to be a thrilling showcase of all the Romero trademarks: spellbinding virtuosity, lyrical beauty, and the uncanny simpatico ensemble playing that is the
strength of familial musicians. Tickets will sell out fast; early reservations are recommended.
2014 begins with a performance by exciting newcomer Rovshan
Mamedkuliev, the most recent winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s prestigious International Concert Artist Competition. Hear Mamedkuliev on Friday, January 10 in
Wiegand Hall. Then, on Friday, January 31 (with a master class the following day), William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant, members of the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar
Quartet, and performers of past PCG seasons, will join forces in St. Anne’s Chapel for what promises to be a wonderful musical journey. Kanengiser, praised by the Los
Angeles Times for his “dizzying execution” and “exceeding vitality and warmth,” is the perfect collaborator for Tennant, widely considered to be one of
the top guitarists in the world, and a founding member of LAGQ. Kanengiser and Tennant are sure to take classical guitar playing to new places, in a concert that promises to
be a real treat.
Series proprietor William Jenks is not only an educator and concert
presenter, but also an extremely talented guitarist. Audiences can hear Jenks’s contributions to the art form on Friday, February 21, at Wiegand Hall, as he celebrates
the release of his fifth CD. Jenks will be followed by a specialist of the Latin America repertoire, Marcelo de la Puebla, who in 2004 performed in Havana (Cuba) the premiere
of the Concerto-Cantata for Perugia of Leo Brouwer, considered the most prolific guitar composer of all time, along with the Chorus and National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba,
under the direction of the author. Puebla, who also recorded the complete works of Spanish composer Vincent Acencio will perform on Friday, March 14, also at
Toward the end of the season we come to one of the luminaries of the
international guitar scene: acclaimed Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco, performing on Friday, April 11, at the First Congregational Church, with a master class the previous
day. Barrueco is one of those musicians who needs no introduction. A quick overview of his career reveals that he has performed at such world-renowned venues as the Hollywood
Bowl, Lincoln Center, and the Royal Albert Hall; that he has recorded prolifically for the major record label EMI; that he has collaborated with such esteemed composers as
Arvo Pärt and Toru Takemitsu. He has even been a mentor and teacher to several of the other guitarists in this series. Barrueco also has that rare talent for “crossing
over” to broader audiences—fans of PBS may remember his appearance on the Mr. Rogers show many years ago. This is a concert not to be missed.
The series closes with two young guitarists, symbolizing the promise
of the next generation. Colin Davin will perform on Friday, May 9, at Wiegand Hall. American Record Guide recently called Davin “the real thing, a player with a
virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination.” And the impressive Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgić performs on Friday, May
30, also at Wiegand Hall. The Washington Post’s Stephen Brookes noted that Grgićis “a guitarist to keep an eye on.”
With PCG’s help, we will surely be keeping our eyes—and
ears—on all of these artists for many years to come. For more information about the series, or to order tickets, please visit www.portlandclassicguitar.com, or call 503-654-0082. Season Passes are now available through the end of June at the discounted
rate of $250.
or call 503-654-0082