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PCG's season closing concert set for May 30

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mak Grgic will present the final concert in Portland Classic Guitars series May 30 at Wiegand Hall on the Marylhurst University campus.cFor The Review

Portland Classic Guitar will present the final concert of its season with a presentation by Mak Grgic at 8 p.m. May 30 at Wiegand Hall on the Marylhurst University campus.

An impressive Slovanian guitarist, Grgic has quickly established himself as one of the up-and-coming performers with the guitar. He is an innovative player, who programs music as far reaching as works from the avant-garde, film music to the great classics of guitar repertoire and transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler.

His new recording on Marquis Music entitled Cinema Verismo focuses on music used in cinema over the last few decades, which mixes classical works used in films and transcriptions of cinematic scores.

The CD includes Asturias by Albeniz, for which one critic stated that “Grgic did an excellent job of catering to the expectations of the audience while still make the piece his own.” Cinema Verismo also offers music ranging from films such as “The Godfather,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Volver,” “The Mission,” “West Side Story” and “Chariots of Fire.”

GrgiD, a Young Artist in Residence at The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, is a co-founder of DC8 — Da Camera’s contemporary music ensemble, which strives to expand the definition of what a modern music ensemble can be.

In particular, it makes use of the acoustic guitar and brings to the fore a mixture of a classic Pierrot Ensemble and the drums and bass used in the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

In February 2014 the group premiered a newly commissioned work from the renowned American composer Michael Gordon, co-founder of Bang on a Can of New York City.

His collaborators have so far included Martin Chalifour (Concertmaster of The Los Angeles Philharmonic), cellist Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate (cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), John Sant’Ambrogio (former principal cello of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), flutist Christopher Matthews, Paul Vasile and Stephen Ackert on the organ, guitarists Christopher McGuire and Taso Comanescu, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and guitarist-composer Nejc Kuhar, with whom Grgic made his first album, sponsored by The National Radio of Slovenia and the Ministry of Culture in Slovenia.

Tickets range in price from $30 to $49. To receive a $10 discount per ticket visit portlandclassicguitar.com and use the code M61Z4XMU79BD.

Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Hwy. (Hwy. 43), Lake Oswego.




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