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January 12, 2021

U.S. Classic Guitar President, William Jenks, has Announced the 2021 Season of the U.S. International Guitar Series.

U.S. Classic Guitar President, William Jenks

U.S. Classic Guitar president, William Jenks, is thrilled and honored to announce the U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2021. This year, the concert series will include six recitals and six master classes portraying the finest classical guitarists in the world from January 31 through June 13. U.S. Classic Guitar’s impressive lineup of artists includes the living legend, Pepe Romero, with Celino Romero from the next generation of the Romero guitar dynasty; internationally acclaimed performer and Grammy-winner, David Russell; multi top prize-winner, Antigoni Goni; the famed Tatyana Ryzhkova who has the highest click-through rate on YouTube of any classical guitarist; Zaria Meneses who is described as “an arresting performer full of colorful touches” (New York Times); and Colin Davin who is hailed as “… the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide). U.S. Classic Guitar is also committed to furthering education of music specifically in the area of classical guitar and all six concerts will be preceded by a master class. With the start of the new season, U.S. Classic Guitar has published its new website with a fresh look and the complete concert schedule, artist bios, photos, videos, program information, and master class information is now available at

Due to the current pandemic situation, gatherings of 10 or more people in Los Angeles, Portland, and Hawaii are currently banned, so all of these concerts and master classes will be presented to you virtually with high quality sound and video so you can enjoy them in the safety and comfort of your own home. This season William Jenks will be using YouTube for the presentation of the concerts and Zoom for the meet and greet with the artists and for the master classes. However, William is keeping a close eye on the current pandemic situation and will return to live performances again in Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii as soon as it is safe. Even after the live concerts start up again for U.S. Classic Guitar’s local venues in Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, they plan on offering a live streaming version of their concerts indefinitely to make the events more accessible for communities from all over the world.

Support these artists by purchasing a ticket for their concert and master class. Tickets for online shows will be $20 and $15 for seniors and students. The majority of the ticket sales will go directly to the artists. Donations are welcome, to help cover the costs of the staff, advertising, and equipment. U.S. Classic Guitar is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, so all of your donations are tax deductible. The arts industry, including presenting organizations such as U.S. Classic Guitar and individual artists, have seen a huge drop in revenue from the pandemic and it is crucial that we all pull together as a community to keep the arts alive. 

Since this is a financially difficult time for everyone, U.S. Classic Guitar is continuing their Concert Tickets for All program which states that anyone may receive a free ticket to any of their concerts or master classes. All you have to do is simply send an email to [email protected] with your full name and request which event(s) you would like to attend and U.S. Classic Guitar will compensate your tickets with no questions asked and this will remain strictly confidential. They’ll be also continuing the U.S. Classic Guitar University/Conservatory Outreach program where all music major students currently studying the guitar as their primary instrument will automatically receive complimentary tickets to all concerts and master classes. This applies to guitar instruction faculty and music professors as well of all universities and conservatories. Just send an email to [email protected] with your full name, the institution where you’re are studying or teaching at, and we will send you the tickets.

U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2021 is officially sponsored by the Augustine Foundation, Guitar Salon International, Darren Hippner Guitars, All Classical 89.9FM, Hawaii Public Radio, Willamette Week and various devoted individuals who have donated their time, money and resources to support U.S. Classic Guitar in its mission – “to inspire, connect, and engage the community through artistry of the classical guitar”.

U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2021

All ticket holders will have 72 hours to view each event after it airs live.

***Please Note Start Time Changes From Initial Announcement ***

Colin Davin Concert – Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2 PM Hawaii Time, 4 PM P.S.T., 7 PM E.S.T.
Colin Davin Master Class – Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9 AM Hawaii Time, 11 AM P.S.T., 2 PM E.S.T.

Check out Colin’s exclusive U.S. Classic Guitar Interview and a sample of his 2021 U.S. International Guitar Series performance!

Colin Davin Concert Program:

Florence Price: Adoration

Leo Brouwer: Sonata del Caminante

Joan Tower: Clocks

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite no. 6, BWV 1012

Zaira Meneses Concert – Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2 PM Hawaii Time, 4 PM P.S.T., 7 PM E.S.T.
Zaira Meneses Master Class – Saturday, February, 20, 2021 at 9 AM Hawaii Time, 11 AM P.S.T, 2 PM E.S.T.

David Russell Concert – Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 12 PM Hawaii Time, 3 PM P.D.T., 6 PM E.D.T.
David Russell Master Class – Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 8 AM Hawaii Time, 11 AM P.D.T., and 2 PM E.D.T.

Antigoni Goni Concert – Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 12 PM Hawaii Time, 3 PM P.D.T, 6 PM E.D.T.
Antigoni Goni Master Class – Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8 AM Hawaii Time, 11 AM P.D.T., 2 PM E.D.T.

Tatyana Ryzhkova Concert – Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 12 PM Hawaii Time, 3 PM P.D.T., 6 PM E.D.T.
Tatyana Rhzhkova Master Class – Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8 AM Hawaii Time, 11 AM P.D.T., 2 PM E.D.T.

Pepe Romero and Celino Romero Concert – Sunday, June 13 at 3 PM Hawaii Time, 6 PM P.D.T., 9 PM E.D.T.
Pepe Romero and Celino Romero Master Class – Saturday, June 12 at 11 AM Hawaii Time, 2 PM P.D.T., 5 PM E.D.T

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