Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) is proud to pair with Portland’5 Centers for the Arts to present the return of guitar virtuosi Angel Romero and Eliot Fisk, headlining the PCG season in a concert of solos and duets on Monday, June 5, at the Newark Theatre’s Antoinette Hatfield Hall, in downtown Portland. A master class will be held the following evening, Sunday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall.
It is no exaggeration to say that Romero and Fisk are modern masters of classical guitar—“two of the most acclaimed players in the world,” as David Stabler of the Oregonian put it back in 2008. That was the last time they shared a stage in a PCG series, and the event sold out the First Congregational Church’s eight hundred seats. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets for this return engagement now—before they are gone.
Romero is arguably one of the best-known and most widely respected classical guitarists in the world today. Born into a prominent Spanish musical family, he had his first public performance at age six; his US debut came at age sixteen. Known in part for his long association with famed Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, Romero has been featured as both a soloist and a conductor—he studied the latter art with Eugene Ormandy—and has worked with numerous important orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has also composed and performed several cinematic scores, including the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s acclaimed 1989 film, The Milagro Beanfield War. For his contributions to the world of music, Romero has received the highest honors from his native country, as well as a Merit Award from the Recording Academy (producer of the Grammy Awards). In 2016, he performed the world premiere of composer Lalo Schifrin’s Concierto de la Amistad for a sold out audience at the Hollywood Bowl; this concert was filmed by the PBS program Great Performances and will be released at a later date.
Fisk, the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia, is a brilliant, virtuosic performer who has appeared as soloist with prominent orchestras around the world—including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and many others. He is a frequent collaborator with important contemporary composers. Wolfgang Rihm, for instance, just completed a landmark piece that Fisk will perform in tandem with the Arditti String Quartet in 2017. And 2016 will see the long-awaited release of Jose Serebrier conducting Robert Beaser’s monumental Guitar Concerto, dedicated to and featuring Fisk, and recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (in addition, that CD will include Fisk’s rendition of Beaser’s solo work, “Notes on a Southern Sky”). Fisk has also collaborated with such genre-bending artists as flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, jazz guitarists Joe Pass and Bill Frisell, chanteuse Ute Lemper, and Turkish music specialist Burhan Oecal. In addition to his prolific performing and recording projects, he is renowned for having expanded classical guitar repertoire with numerous transcriptions of works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albeniz, and many others. Founder of the guitar department at Yale University, Fisk teaches at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and also in Boston, at the New England Conservatory.
The Newark Theater is located at 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (97205). Wiegand Hall is located at Marylhurst University: 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR (97036). For tickets call 1-800-273-1530, visit Tickets West outlets or online at www.ticketswest.com.