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On behalf of the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series we would like to thank the following sponsors which makes this season’s series possible:

John Blanchard

Northwest Primary Care

Portland Guitar Society

All-Classical-Cascades-to-t All Classical 89.9

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn is the exclusive hotel of the 2014-2015 series!  Call 503-684-8900 to book your room at a discounted rate!

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Season Passes and Tickets are now sale for all concert and events of the 2014-1015 Season.
For tickets call 503-654-0082
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The concert venues this season will be:

Marylhurst University Wiegand Hall
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43),
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261.
see map)

Marylhurst University's St. Anne's Chapel and Wiegand Hall
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43),
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261.
see map)

First Congregational Church
located at:
1126 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR  
see map)



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We offer the following sponsorship package:

If you or your company would like to sponsor the series, please contact William Jenks at 503-654-0082 or email info@williamjenks.com



Eliot Fisk
“It was a pleasure to perform on the series of Portland Classic Guitar.  I particularly enjoyed the warm family feel and enormous warmth of the audience.  The work that William Jenks and his colleagues are doing is truly important for our country.  I wish my friends in Portland many more years of great success.” 

David Russell
“This last year I had the pleasure of playing a concert and conducting a masterclass for “Portland Classic Guitar”. The organization was wonderful and I loved meeting the members, who worked hard to make the event a success. I am sure that with their enthusiasm and generous dedication the future of the guitar in Portland is in good hands.”

Scott Tennant
"I had a great time performing for Portland Classic Guitar. It's the kind of venue I love to play because it makes me feel like the audience and performer are really communicating with one another, and I like listening to music in such an environment for the same reason! I feel that both the player and listener walk away having experienced a connection."

Ana Vidovic
"I had the privilege to perform twice at the "Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series" and had a wonderful time! Mr. Jenks has done such an amazing job with the venue that has been featuring great guitarists from all over the world. The venue is quickly becoming one of the most prestigious in the country. I was especially impressed with the warmth and the intimacy of the venue. The audience is very appreciative of the music and very warm and responsive. Please come to the "Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series"! You will have a wonderful time and will certainly be back!"

Dennis Azabagic
“William, your guitar series is one of the most memorable for me. I remember playing solo at your series, and I had a great time, so I was sure the same would be the case when I came back with my duo. The intimate space creates an atmosphere and connection to the audience that is really very special.”



We will soon be announcing the exciting 10-Year Anniversary 2014-2015 Portland Guitar Series so stay tuned!

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Concert - Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Marylhurst University Wiegand Hall
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43),
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261.


2013-2014 Series

1. Ana Vidovic
Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM
M.U. St. Anne’s Chapel
Master class - Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 AM
M.U. Wiegand Hall


2. SOLD OUT Ruben Gonzalez Avila
Saturday, October 26th, 2013 at 8:00 PM -
 M.U. Wiegand Hall


3. Celin and Celino Romero
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8:00 PM 
First Congregational Church,
Master class - Saturday, November 23rd at 11:00
AM - M.U. Wiegand Hall


4. Rovshan Mamedkuliev
(GFA 1st prize winner)
Friday, January, 10th 2014 -
M.U. Wiegand Hall

5. William Kanengiser & Scott Tennant
(L.A.G.Q. Members)
Friday, January,31 2014 at 8:00 PM
M.U. St. Anne’s Chapel,
Master class -Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 AM.
M.U. Wiegand Hall


6. William Jenks 2nd Concert
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM (Tickets Still Available) Marylhurst University – Wiegand Hall

7. Marcelo de la Puebla
Friday, March. 14th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
M.U. Wiegand Hall

8. Manuel Barrueco
Concert: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM –
First Congregational Church,
Master class -Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 PM
M.U. Wiegand Hall


9.  Colin Davin
Friday, May 9, 2014 –
Wiegand Hall


10. Mak Grgic
May 30th, 2014 - 
Wiegand Hall


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2014 -2015 PCG Student Recital Schedule
The students of William Jenks perform quarterly in Marylhurst University's Wiegand Hall. These recitals are free and open to the public.

* Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM

* Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM

* Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 4:00 PM

* Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 4:00 PM


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 Wiegand Hall.

     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 Wiegand Hall.

     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.


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