Concert Series

Upcoming 2019 Performance Events


Hillary Field (CD release concert) TBA – Venue: Casa Della Zisa – RSVP via casadellazisa@gmail.comor call 503-307-4907 Cost: $20 seat; $15 for PGS members, senior citizens, and students

  “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



¡Con Fuego! Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. 

Casa Della Zisa – 4624 NE Fremont Street – RSVP / call or text 503-307-4907

Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar

La Conja, dancer & singer

Holland Phillips violin & viola:

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.



Yuri Liberzon – Saturday, November 8 – 7:30 p.m.

RSVP / call or text 503-307-4907

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


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

Venue: Rose City Park Presbyterian Church

Flamenco Guitarist Mark Ferguson, Laura Onizuka dancer,

Kora – Will Dudley (Koratet)

Eyal Bitton V’Charevim

John Dodge & Beth Marlin

Ilene Safyan

Momoko Muramatsu (pianist)


Laura Husbands – Saturday, February 8th, 2020







Past Casa Della Zisa Concert Series

2019 Season

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.

Craig Einhorn Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Venue: Casa Della Zisa


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

Eduardo Costa Winner of 11 International Guitar Competitions – “A consummate artist…his refined technique is at the service of his musicality. making it a great pleasure to listen to his performances.” David Russell, Grammy-award winning artist – Saturday, February 9, 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).