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Portland Classic Guitar concert series a treasure

First concert tomorrow features Guitar Foundation of America winner Thibault Garcia

FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Williams Jenks, proprietor of Portland Classic Guitar, shares his love of classical guitar with the community through classes and concerts.

Marylhurst University offers a myriad of hallowed experiences for the community as well as its students and faculty. A program of special note that takes residency at the university is Portland Classic Guitar’s concert series, presented by proprietor William Jenks. The series is now in its 12th season, and features some of the most revered classical guitarists in the world.

“We started as a small school in Milwaukie in 2005,” Jenks said. “The hall had about 100 seats and we presented 18 concerts a year.” When the series outgrew the space Jenks was fortunate to secure space at Marylhurst for both his guitar school and the concert series. And the series continues to grow in popularity, thanks to a loyal audience.

Jenks brings the world’s most prestigious guitarists to Marylhurst for the concert series, and many of the artists extend their stay to present master classes after the concerts.

“This is a great way for students to learn from the masters — an opportunity they won’t get anywhere else,” he said.

The 2016-17 season includes:

Thibault Garcia will present the opening concert in Portland Classic Guitars series tomorrow, Oct. 7 at Marylhurst University. Tickets are available online at portlandclassicguitar.com.

  • Guitar Foundation of America winner Thibault Garcia Oct. 7 — Garcia’s performance is one of 50 concert dates in the United States and Canada this fall.

  • The Oregon Guitar Quartet on Oct. 28 — Critically acclaimed Oregon Guitar Quartet is an ensemble of the finest classical guitarists residing in Portland. Members Mario Diaz, John Mery, Jesse McCann and Bryan Johanson have been performing together for nearly a decade.

  • Eliot Fisk and Angel Romero Nov. 18 followed by a master class Nov. 19 — Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. Angel Romero is hailed for his Spanish artistry as the Spanish Maestro of the Guitar.

  • Scott Kritzer Dec. 9 — Kritzer’s consummate commitment to technical excellence as a solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality has brought him more than a decade of accolades from audiences and critics alike.

  • Pablo Sainz Villegas Jan. 20, followed by a master class Jan. 21 — The soul of Spanish guitar runs in Villegas’ blood and his performances are as charismatic as they are intimate.

  • Lily Afshar Feb. 17 with a master class Feb. 18 — Afshar has grounded her career on a strong foundation of excellent formal education upon which she has built an exceptional record of nnovative achievements.

  • Los Romero Quintet March 10 followed by a master class March 11 — The Royal Family of Guitar, the Romeros are a veritable institution in the world of classical music.

  • The Assad Brothers April 27 followed by a master class April 28 — The Washington Post called the Brazilian Assad Brothers “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history.”

  • Antonio Goni May 12, with a master class offered May 13 — According to Sound Magazine, Greek guitarist “Goni has it all: beautiful tone, exquisite phrasing, great timbre and dynamic range and an engaging presence.”

    You’ll have a chance to hear Jenks — a guitar virtuoso himself — play during the season finale concert on June 30, along with international guitarists Roberta Fabbri, Alberto Cumplido and Ruben Gonzalez.

    Portland Classic Guitar offers one-on-one guitar lessons for all ages and levels. Jenks has instructed hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to their own music careers. This summer he joined the faculty of Marylhurst University’s Music Department and will be teaching guitar classes.

    “I’m very excited to work with professional music students,” he said.

    Season and individual tickets to Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series are available online at portlandclassicguitar.com. To learn more about Jenks visit williamjenks.com.