Portland Classic Guitar (PCG) is thrilled to present celebrated Croatian guitarist Ana Vidovic, in concert at 8 PM on Thursday, November 6, in Marylhurst University’s St. Anne’s Chapel. This concert will be followed by a master class on Friday, November 7, at 11 AM, in Marylhurst University’s Wiegand Hall. Vidovic is a PCG veteran, and it is recommended that you get your tickets early!
An extraordinary talent—the Washington Post has called her playing “virtually immaculate—detailed, precise and polished,” but also “nuanced and intensely personal, both deeply felt and deeply thought”—Vidovic is widely considered one of the most exciting young guitarists performing today. Hailing from the small town of Karlovac—near Zagreb, Croatia—she began performing internationally at the age of 11, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb, where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Her reputation led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory, where she graduated in 2005.
Vidovic would go on to win an impressive number of prizes and international competitions, including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England; the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy; and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, the Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, the Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. Vidovic has also been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian director Petar Krelja.
In her brief career, Vidovic has given more than one thousand concerts, and has been heard to great acclaim in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, and elsewhere. She has performed as a soloist with such prestigious ensembles as the Romanian Radio Symphony in Bucharest, the Zagreb Soloists in Japan, the Missoula, Tacoma, Westmoreland, West Virginia, and Asheville Symphony Orchestras—the latter conducted by Daniel Meyer—among many others.
Vidovic’s critically-acclaimed Mel Bay-released DVDs feature beautiful renditions of works from composers as diverse as Torroba, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Paganini, Walton, and Bach. “It is difficult to know where to begin when discussing the enormous talents of Ana Vidovic,” wrote Stephen Griesgraber of Guitar Review. “Her dynamic range, beauty of sound, precision of articulation and virtuosity are such that listening becomes more of an absolute musical experience.”
This concert cannot be recommended highly enough! More information on this concert, or on the PCG series in general, can be found by calling 503-654-0082 or by visiting the PCG website at portlandclassicguitar.com.
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 Jenks-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 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 the same day on October 10 at 11 AM 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.