Concert Series

Upcoming 2019-2020 Performance Events


March 1 Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.

(Featured performer to be announced)

March 7 Arnica Quartet & Peter Zisa at the Community Music Center(3350 SE Francis Street) 

The Arnica String Quartet (Shin-young Kwon and Fumino Ando, violins; Charles Noble, viola; Heather Blackburn, cello) was founded in 2005 by four leading Portland musicians; three of the performers are members of the Portland Symphony. Known for performances of the highest quality, Their program celebrates the music of Mozart & Arriaga (“The Spanish Mozart”). The program will include two concerti; the first in D minor by baroque composer  J.S. Weiss, the second by Viennese composer Mauro Giuliani, his Concerto in A major (op. 30). Hearing Giuliani perform at a music soirée, Beethoven is said to have remarked: He (Giuliani) makes the guitar sound like a little orchestra.”

Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet op. 59 #1, and Two Guitar Concertos by J.S. Weiss and Giuliani  
Saturday, March 7,  7:30 p.m. ac the Community Music Center 3350 SE Francis Street. Click here to purchase tickets at $25 tickets through

“Let my deafness no longer be a secret, even in my art” CDZ Collegium Musica presents BEETHOVEN AND MORE!  Arnica String Quartet, members of the Oregon Symphony, are known for their superb musicianship, Guitar performer is classical guitarist Peter Zisa, “…a masterful performer with remarkable virtuosic and artistic skills…[who] delicately blends melodic line and texture into an exciting musical experience” (Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times).

Sponsored by KBOO, K & L Gates, Barran & Liebermann LLP, Sheridan Fruit Company, Howa Tea, Portland Guitar Society.

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an acclaimed performer on the six and eight-string classical guitar. His performance career, which started at age thirteen, has taken him across the U.S. and abroad.


April 26th – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.

(Featured performer to be announced)


May 2nd at 7:30pm – Classical Guitarist Joao Kouyoumdjian  

JOÃO KOUYOUMDJIAN is a Brazilian born classical guitarist of mixed Brazilian and Armenian ethnic heritage. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the University of São Paulo where he studied under Sharon Isbin and Edelton Gloeden respectively. He has also studied with Preto Moreno as well as being a mentee of Paulo Martelli. KOUYOUMDJIAN’s program will feature music from his homeland Brazil and his family’s ethnic origin Armenia.

Since winning the XXI Souza Lima National Guitar Competition in São Paulo, Brazil in 2010, Kouyoumdjian has been building a steady international performance career that has spanned the United States, Brazil, Europe and Africa. Among his concert engagements, noted stops have included Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. He has also performed as a guest soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia.

May 9, 7:30 p.m.  – James Bishop & Cameron O’Connor – at Casa Della Zisa 

James Bishop-Edwards is an accomplished performer with a rich and varied traditional repertoire and contemporary genres as well. James plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the five-course guitar and eight-course lute.  He was head of the Guitar Department at Southern Oregon University in Ashland for several years, and previously on the faculty as Guitar Instructor at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.

James has over twenty recordings to his credit, which feature his arrangements of American and European classics.  Six books of these arrangements have been published by Mel Bay Publications.  A few of his many performance credits include: featured artist at the 1999 and 2005 La Guitarra California Festival, the Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Richard Schneiders’ Lost Mountain Guitar Festival, and soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Jefferson Baroque Orchestra.

Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O’Connor
recently returned from a series of concerts in Japan, is the head of the Guitar Program at Oregon State University. Cameron in the Director of Guitar Studies at Oregon State University.

Cameron graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge, where he studied under Ron Borczon, Ronald Purcell, and Steve Thachuk. He recently received his Master Of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. O’Connor studied with William Kanengiser while working on his doctorate at the USC.

May 13  7:30 p.m. – Mak Grgic at Casa Della Zisa 

Touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post, Mak Grgic is  emerging as a star on the worldwide stage. An expansive and adventurous  repertoire attests to his versatility and wide-ranging interests: from  the Baroque and Renaissance to music of the cinema; from ethnic music of  his native Balkans to extreme avant-garde and microtonal music, Mak’s  extraordinary talents and tastes as soloist, collaborator, and  recording artist are fueled by his curiosity, imagination, and boundless  energy. As a testament to  his versatility and wide-ranging appeal, in 2018 Mak was invited by  legendary singer-songwriter k.d. lang to perform as the opening act for  the North American leg of her Ingénue Redux Tour.

May 25th 7:30 p.m.XX Digitus Duo Momoko Muramatsu (pianist) & Peter Zisa at Community Music Center

Works by Ponce, Tedesco, Rodrigo, & Lynch

Momoko Muramatsu has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. She has won top prizes from international competitions in Brazil, Japan and Italy, and has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Iberia Music and Film Festival of Brazil. Since moving to Portland, she has been soloist with the PSU Symphony Orchestra and the Mount Hood Pops Orchestra and has played with Fear No Music and other ensembles. She frequently performs with Maria Garcia as XX Digitus Duo.

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an award-winning performer on the six and eight-string guitar. Reviewers and audiences across the U.S. and abroad describe Zisa’s musicianship as “dynamic, sensitive, authentic, inspiring and emotionally expressive”. Zisa is grateful for his studies with David Grimes, and with legendary performers Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, David Leisner, Guy Horn, Bruce Patterson, Robert Strizich and Catherine Liddell, who have contributed to his musical development.


Folias Duo – Portland cross-country tour from Grand Rapids Michigan to Portland

Todd Gorman of American Record Guide calls the Folias Duo “daring compositions Daring compositions…[display] a great range of energy and sensitivity…and originality” American Record Guide

Fanfare Magazine: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron music is…mysterious… charming…evocative.”

CDZ Collegium Musica & PGS Present Guitar Festival  

– Performance venue solo, duos, guitar ensemble – Guitar orchestra, Guitar ensemble, solo
– Performances – Masterclasses – Outstanding Achievement Awards

TBA – Summer Travel Concert Series

– Mexico – Gerardo Caledron

– Early Music – James Bishop

– Brazil – Gabriella Gimese

– Africa – Nii Ardey

– Spain – Espacio Flamenco


July 13th 7:30 p.m. – Cristobal Selame – Classical Guitar (American studying in Germany)

A native of Santiago, Chile, Selamé began his classical studies in his hometown, Santiago Chile, with Jaime Calisto at the Modern Music Institute, and with Luis Orlandini at the University of Chile. He came to the United States to study at San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with the legendary guitarist Sérgio Assad. Selamé was recently accepted into the master’s program at the prestigious Academy of Music in Darmstadt, Germany under the instruction of the world-renowned musician and pedagogue Tilman Hoppstock.

July 27 (TBA) Sakura Guitar Duo with Laura Husbands 

Graduate of Scottish Academy of Music, Top prize winner of 11 International Competitions, Winner of Chanterelle Guitar Competition, Winner of PSU Guitar Competition. Prof of Music at University of Denver.  Member with husband of Sakura Guitar Duo.


August (TBA) Doug Smith & Toyoda Shohei

August (TBA) John Kaizan-Neptune (shakuhachi) Japanese Jazz. (Komagowa, Japan)


September 26th Laura Husbands at the Community Music Center

Graduate of Scottish Academy of Music, Top prize winner of 11 International Competitions,Winner of Chanterelle Guitar Competition, Winner of PSU Guitar Competition. Prof of Music at the University of Denver.  Member with husband of Sakura Guitar Duo.


Past Casa Della Zisa Concert Series

2019-2020 Season


February 15th (7:30pm) From Spain with Love! Música de España con Amore

This program spans a 300-plus-year history of Spanish music: from the court composers Santiago De Murcia and Antonio Santa Cruz to Francisco Tarrega, Joaquin Turina, to flamenco guitarists Sabicas, and Paco de Lucia.

February 2 – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.

A free performance venue for young guitarists (ages 8 – 20) who love to perform. The meeting also provides an opportunity to meet other young players and play chamber music (duets, trios).

February 1 (7:30pm) – Will Dudley & His Koratet at Casa Della Zisa – CDZ supported Special Discount Price $15 per person

An ensemble that fuses the rhythmic West-African harp with the extended harmony of jazz – a convergence of compositional textures and improvisation quite unlike anything heard before. 

The cello of Michael Shay brings sustained melodic swells and driving bass lines.  The trumpet of Jonathan Roberts fuses a classically-trained ear with modern jazz sensibility and experimentation. The percussion of Steven Skolnik balances subtle expressiveness with danceability.  And Will Dudley innovates an ancient, beautiful sound with his modified chromatic kora.


January 5 – Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica Present An Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum at Casa Della Zisa 2:00 p.m.


Peter Zisa & Friends 13th Annual Season of Lights Concert – Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The spiritual theme of the program is peace, goodwill, and loving-kindness. Drawing from the four corners of the Portland metro, the program and its featured artists represent a collage of the cultural and faith traditions of the community. In the spirit of unity and goodwill, the program invites all in attendance to give generously to the charities which provide aid and assistance to the needy of the community and work to foster and advance peaceful relations. 

Among the headline performers joining Peter in this year’s holiday celebration are Grammy-award winner Doug Smith, Award-winning singer-songwriter Ilene Safyan & Chaverim (Ed Kraus, Andrew Ehrlich, Steve Cohen, Carlton Jackson, and Peter Zisa), and gospel-blues-hip hop vocalist Lauren Steele, daughter of Portland Queen of the Blues, LaRhonda Steele. This year’s program will also feature Flamenco dancer Laura Onizuka (accompanied by guitarists Mark Ferguson & Peter Zisa), concertmaster violinist Andrew Ehrlich, West-African kora performer Will Dudley, Duo Japanese koto Eri Muroi and Yukiko Yamaguchi

Yuri Liberzon – Saturday, November 16 – 7:30 p.m. at Casa Della Zisa

Hearing Yuri play is like opening a bottle of wine and realizing that you have just tasted one of the best wines you will ever experience. Ever.”— Stephen Roberts, President, Sacramento Guitar Society

“…If there were anyone in the classical guitar world that could manage to combine musical elegance with architectural logic, it would be Yuri Liberzon.” —Classical Guitar Magazine

New commissioned work and new published arrangements of Bach Violin Partitas by Yuri Liberzon


The Italian Renaissance Ensemble Lucidarium Ensemble Presents MACCHINE The Science and Music from the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci  – Wednesday, 7:30pm October 30th at Casa Della Zisa (Da Vinci Program & Shylock Program)

Lucidarium Ensemble traveling Italian Renaissance Ensemble will present MACCHINE The Science and Music from the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci – a musical commemoration of Da Vinci’s death 500 years ago. According to Isaacson’s book on the life of Da Vinci, Leonardo composed songs and played the lira da braccia, He also drew mechanical sketches of instrument designs (an organ, a viola organista). Lucidarium’s lively program includes an array of renaissance period instruments including the lute, musical relative of the guitar.

Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace “… it was enough to be swept away, by the refinement and conviction of the performers, to a place where magic reigns…”

Lucidarium’s work is currently divided between different projects: Ars Italica, which explores different aspects of Italy’s culture through its music and poetry, and Ars Hebraicae, dedicated to a reconstruction of the soundscape of the Jews in Renaissance Europe. Innovative programs that explore the links between oral and written transmission, the mechanisms that brought tunes, texts, and dances across Europe and beyond are one of the group’s hallmark.

Beth Marlin & John Dodge –  October 26th at 7:30pm

Venue: Casa Della Zisa 4624 NE Freemont, Portland OR

$20 single, $35 couple, $15 PGS members and seniors

RSVP / call or text 503-307-4907

¡Con Fuego! – Friday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. 

Venue: Community Music Center – 3350 SE Francis Street, Portland

Tickets $20 – door, $18 – online at

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar

La Conja, dancer & singer

Jerry Bobb – Cello

¡Con Fuego!… the transcendent musical beauty of the Spanish guitar comes together for a fiery tour-de-force program of flirtation, humor, passion, love and loss.


Portland Guitar Society & CDZ-Collegium Musica 


Afternoon Youth Open Mic Forum 

Sunday, September 29, @ 2:00 p.m. 

Venue: Casa Della Zisa, 4624 NE Fremont Street


Featuring Special Guest Performer: Flamenco guitarist Raven Dow-Hygelund, joined by Jude (her brother), and Berto Boyd (her teacher)

Click here to hear Raven performing Panaderos by Esteban de Sanlúcar for a recent house concert benefit for the Corvallis Guitar Society.


Jack Williams ~ Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist 

Sunday, September 29th 
Venue Casa Della Zisa: 4624 NE Fremont Street

Time: 7:30, Doors open at 7:00

$20 single, $35 Couple, $15 PGS Members & Seniors

RSVP – call or text (with name) 503-307-4907

“His artistry… is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs… a showman in the best sense of the word…” Rich Warren, WFMT “Midnight Special”, Chicago IL

“A Jack Williams show is a slam-dunk win-win-win for all. One of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I’ve ever encountered. Dave Humpreys, Two Way Street Coffeehouse in Downers Grove IL

Hillary Field (CD release concert)

Date: September 14th

Venue: Casa Della Zisa (4624 NE Fremont Street)

Time: 7:30, Doors open at 7:00
$20 single, $35 Couple, $15 PGS Members, Seniors, and Students
RSVP – call or text (with name) 503-307-4907

“Field is one of a growing number of gifted women gaining prominence in the classical guitar world…..Field displays sensitive musicianship, solid technique, and a burnished tone.”   – Acoustic Guitar

 “Field is a dynamic player. She doesn’t just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.” – The Seattle Times

Premier of newly commissioned works by Jorge Morel & Hilary Field



July 14-August4th – The Summer Musical Travel Series – FREE!

The Summer Musical Travel Series is a fun educational program suitable for children of all ages (family and friends included) at Casa Della Zisa. Each program will last 30 – 40 minutes, followed by a brief Q & A period, and an opportunity to see and hear the instruments up close. Our 2019 Musical Travels will take us to Spain, India, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, and West Africa (Mali). Performing artists and performing times listed below.


Phil and Gayle Neuman are musicians, teachers, and instrument builders that engage in the performance of historical music from a variety of periods. The Neumans perform and conduct educational programs at universities and schools of music across the U.S. They have received international recognition as performers and scholars of Ancient Greek musicand have several recordings of this repertoire on the Pandourion label available from North Pacific Music.

“Portland’s reigning masters of early music, Phil and Gayle Neuman” – Brett Campbell, Oregon Artswatch, March 9, 2015

“Phil and Gayle Neuman are well known for their knowledge of Early Music, but they are also world-class experts in Ancient Music, music stretching back from pre-Medieval times to the very earliest days of our civilization in Sumer, Egypt, Greece and Rome.” Vancouver B.C. Recorder Society, October 3, 2015

CECILIA ZABALA – Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m. 
























THE KORA – MUSIC OF MALI, WEST AFRICA – Sunday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.

Will Dudley was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.  He began studying blues and jazz guitar. While studying ethnomusicologist with Dr. Ryan Skinner at Ohio State School of Music University, Will was introduced to the Kora, a 21-string lute-bridge West African harp built from a small calabash, covered with cow skin resonator with a long hardwood neck. His fascination and attraction to the instrument led him to study kora under the tutelage of Dr. Skinner, himself an accomplished kora performer. Will later traveled to Mali (West Africa) to further his musical skills on the kora, as well as his knowledge of the kora traditional music by studying with notable Mali kora virtuosi. Will now lives in Portland and performs with Koratet, an eclectic musical ensemble which he formed.

DOUG SMITH & SHOHEI TOYODA – Saturday July 27, 2019 7:30 p.m. 

Grammy-award winning Doug Smith and Japan Fingerstyle champion Shohei Toyoda return by popular demand to do a joint concert at Casa Della Zisa.

THE SITAR AND TABLA – MUSIC OF INDIA – Sunday, July 21, 2:00 p.m.

Sandeep Koranne and Saikiran Madhusudan, both born and raised in India, are good friends and musical masters of the sitar & tabla. The sitar is 21 string instrument, with a curved-raised frets. Melodies may be fingered and played on six of the string, the remainder of the strings vibrate in sympathetic vibration. The tabla is membraphone percussion instrument.

Sandeep was a musical prodigy; he began his music studies at the age of four, and studies of the Sitar at the age 6. He gave his first public performance on India National Television at the age of 10. Sandeep is a disciple of Shri Mal Shankar in the Maihar-Beenkar Sitar style. He has extensive knowledge of Raga music, vocal as well as instrumental. Sandeep has performed regularly on All India Radio (AIR) national radio service of India. Besides his interest in music Sandeep has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and performs research in mathematics and electronics.

Saikiran Madhusudhan started formal training in tabla at the age of 5 and regularly performs and teaches the instrument. He also continues to study tabla with Sri Aditya Kalyanpur, a prominent student of Ustad Alla Rakha. Prior to this, growing up Saikiran received training in the lineage of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He is also very fortunate to be a regular attendee of Ustad Zakir Hussain’s immersive tabla workshops and has had the privilege to perform before him. With a Masters in Electrical Engineering, Saikiran is also pursuing his career in the chip verification industry as a Product Engineer.


Mark Ferguson, professor of Spanish at Pacific University, is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who studied extensively in Spain with such notable maestros of flamenco guitarist as Pascual de Lorca, Flecha, Antonio Jero, Niño Jero, Juan Maya Marote, David Serva, Antonio Moya, José Antonio Rodríguez, Jesús Álvarez, Domingo Rubichi, Santiago Lara. Mark has performed with some of Spain’s finest flamenco artists: Luis de la Tota, Estefanía Sánchez, Timo Lozano, Jesús Montoya, Ali de la Tota, Jesús de la Esperanza, Vicente Griego.

Peter Joseph Zisa is a gifted interpreter of music whose classical training includes studies with such legendary performers as Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, Pepé and Angel Romero, Michael Lorimer, and Oscar Ghiglia. He performs as a soloist at universities and various concert series across the U.S. and abroad. His other musical collaborations include performances with Grammy-nominated violinist Adam LaMotte, Dr. Tatiana Kolchanova, Grammy-award winning guitarist Doug Smith, legendary Brazilian guitarist Celso Machado, noteworthy award winning Blues and Jazz vocalists Shirley Nanette, LaRhonda Steele, Marilyn Keller, and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, vocalist with  Pink Martini.


Folias Duo perform at CDZ on their U.S. Tour Portland- Saturday, June 29th 7:30 p.m. 

Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are composers, educators and exciting young performers from Grand Rapids, Michigan known for their work as the Folias Duo. Folias Duo’s fifteen year performer/composer collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States and around the globe including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile.They have a fearless approach to developing new compositions for flute and guitar, and creating exciting virtuosic arrangements of Argentine tango, and South American music.

Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine writes: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players…they draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity…mysterious…charming…evocative,” while Todd Gorman of American Record Guide calls the Folias Duo “daring in self- written music” and “a nice touch of originality.”

Choro da Alegria & Peter Zisa – Evening of Brazilian Music – Saturday, June 8, 2019 
Choro da Alegria (choro of happiness) is a Portland-based ensemble dedicated to playing the wonderful melodies of Brazil. The group is thrilled to be returning to the CDZ concert series.
Choro da Alegria draws much inspiration from the genre choro, which means cry or lament and has been loosely called “Brazilian ragtime.” Choro features samba rhythms, jazzy chords and fast tempos. Beyond choro the group enjoys performing classics tunes from Bossa Nova and MPB. Choro da Alegria is Pam Beaty on 7 string guitar, Tom Pinit on bandolim, and Esteban Diaz on percussion. The group released its first CD, “quiosque,” in 2015.
The concert will also feature special guest flutist Gabriela Gimenes from São Paulo, Brazil. Pam Beaty and Peter Zisa will also perform set of Brazilian guitar duets.

Adam Levin & James Manuele – May 18, 2018 

Adam Levin – A Fubright scholar and winner of international guitar competitions, Adam has been praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post. Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Adam is also a champion of music education. He is the co-founder of Kithara Project Inc. which puts provides guitars and quality instruction for at-risk young people in two cities in the U.S. and a third in Mexico City.

James Manuele – An associated professor at Clark College in Vancouver Washington, James Manuele earned his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Portland State University, under composer and guitarist Bryan Johanson. In addition to solo performances, James performs chamber music with Foti Lycouridis as the Portland Guitar Duo.


2019 Northwest Musical Instrument Exhibit at Portland Community College’ s Sylvania Campus. Peter Zisa will perform Saturday May 4th at 3:00 p.m. on instruments made by Richard Prenkert. Peter Zisa will also perform at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday May 5th on an instrument made by John Mello. Joining Peter will be acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Dodge.


James Reid – May 4, 2019 – Classical Guitarist James Reid is a highly regarded performer. He has debuted works by Bryan Johanson,  Andrew York, Maximo Diego Pujol, and Gwyneth Walker. Mr. Reid heads the  guitar department at the University of Idaho. “The classical guitar has seldom had a more elegant steward, and here Reid performs a rich array of classical and contemporary pieces.”  –Canon Press




Two award-winning guitarists in concert: Ikuo Inoue & Cameron O’Connor – May 3, 2019 – Friday, May 3, 2019 Ikuo Inoue from Tokyo and Cameron O’Connor, will team up on a program that will include Japanese guitar music (solos and duos of Takemitsu, Shingo Fujii, Joe Hisaishi, arrangements of traditional tune).

Charity Fundraising Performance with Phoebe McRae and Peter Zisa – along with solo works by Sor, Tarrega, and Brower and voice and guitar works by Handel, Mozart, Britten, and Gershwin. Saturday April 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Annual Sakura Event at Clark College – April 18th, 2019 at 1pm & 2:30pm:

Outdoor presentation in the Japanese Friendship Garden with Mayor Anne McEnerny Ogle, Clark College President Bob Knight, Japanese Consul General Takashi Teraoka, and Clark College Japanese Scholarship recipient Kiho Takedoa.

Collaborative Performance with Japanese calligraphy artist Sora Shodo in the Gaiser Student Center

Music x Shodo x Kimono – Featuring the first collaboration of Japanese calligraphy artist Sora, kimono instructor and stylist Takako, and singer Risaco, this event combined Japanese music and a modern take on the Japanese cultural traditions of kimono and Shodo calligraphy. – April 6, 2019

Duas Guitarras – Pam Beaty & Peter Zisa team up on a program ofBrower, Jobim, Almeida, Powell, and Alfredo Vianna (Pixinguinha) -Saturday, March 9, 2019

Arnica String Quartet – The Arnica String Quartet (Shin-young Kwon and Fumino Ando, violins; Charles Noble, viola; Heather Blackburn, cello) was founded in 2005 by four leading Portland musicians; three of which are members of the Portland Symphony – Saturday, March 2, 2019

Devin Kosloff – A Classical Guitar Graduate of PSU, David Kosloff studied with Bryan Johanson and Jesse McCann. Portland performing artist and teacher; performer-presenter for CDZ-Collegium Musica – Saturday, February 23, 2019

Mary & Tatiana Violin Duo – Tatiana Kolchanova and Mary Rowell (violin duo) From Baroque to Bartok. Saturday – January 25, 2019

2018 Season

Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa at Casa Della Zisa – August 25, 2018
Seffarine ~ Nat Hulkamp & Lamie Naki  (Middle Eastern, Flamenco, Jazz) September 15, 2018
Portland Guitar Society: Faces of the Guitar – October 14, 2018
Performers: classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon, flamenco guitarist Brenna McDonald, and Latin-Jazz Caminhos Cruzados. The members of the trio are jazz guitarist Dan Balmer, flamenco-jazz guitarist Nat Hulskamp, and Israel Annoh on cajon. – Sponsored by Casa Della Zisa
Jeff Ashton at Casa Della Zisa – October 20, 2018
Cameron O’Connor & Ryan Lee at Casa Della Zisa – November 10, 2018
Peter Zisa & Friends 12th Annual Season of Lights Season of Lights Holiday Concert – December 8, 2018
Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa – August 25 2018
Arco Belo – August 15, 2018
Doug & Shohei Flyer – August 4, 2018
Shirley Andrew & Peter Zisa July 28, 2018
Folias – June 17, 2018
Juanito Pascual – May 5, 2018
Aaron Larget-Caplan – April 13, 2018
Scott Cossu – April 21, 2018
Travis Johnson – April 22, 2018
South Hill Guitars – March 10, 2018
Olivia & René March 11, 2018
Hiroya & John – March 23, 2018
Berto Boyd – February 17, 2018
Cameron O’Connor – January 20, 2018
– 2017 Season
– 2016 Season

Music & Tea at Two – Affordable afternoon concert series the whole family can enjoy. This program serves also to help prepare university graduates to prepare educational children friendly programs.

Education and Music Programs for Schools (K-12) – Interactive educational performances, Educational Workshops.

Spring Music Festival

CDZ Concert Series (past performers)









Local musicians have been Grammy award winning Doug Smith, Shirley Nanette (Jazz Hall of Fame), GFA Winner Travis Johnson, Espacio Flamenco, Mario Diaz (PSU) & Amelia Lukas (All Classical), Olivia and Rene, Ernesto Quilban, Maria Olaya, Gerardo Caledron, John Doan, John Dodge, Devin Kosloff (PSU), Cameron O’Connor (OSU), Brazilian ensemble: Choros Alegria, Pam Beaty, mandolin virtuoso Brian Oberlin, Hillary Field, Scott Kritzer, Flamenco guitarists Berto Boyd and Grant Ruiz, Thousand Waves (LeeAnn McKenna, Yukiko Yamaguchi, Peter Zisa, flute, koto, guitar respectively).

Visiting Artists Vito Paradiso (Italy), Celso Machado (Brazil/British Columbia), Luciano Tortilla (Italy), Shohei Toyoda (Japan). Aaron-Larget Caplan (Massachusetts), Adam Levin (Rhode Island), James Reid & John Paul Shields (Idaho and Washington respectively), Folias Duo (Michigan), Yuri Liberzon (California), Juanito Pascual (California), Hiroya Tsukamoto (Japan & New York).