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Portland Guitar Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Excerpt from an article by Janet Goetze in The Oregonian,
September 29, 2012.

Doug Smith started playing the guitar because he liked The Beatles. Peter Zisa started playing the guitar because his father gave him one, then he learned to play jazz.

Despite their different beginnings, both men went on to major in classical guitar at California State University at Fullerton, graduating a few years apart.

While they usually play different music, Smith and Zisa both fit right in with the Portland Guitar Society, which formed in 1987 to embrace all styles of playing, said Cyndy Burton, a guitar maker and early member. Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary, she said, society members will release a CD and several will perform — including Smith and Zisa — in a silver jubilee concert at 7:30 pm Saturday, October 6, 2012, in St. Anne's Chapel at Marylhurst University.

Smith and Zisa said they like the encouragement given to everyone who comes to the Portland Guitar Society's monthly meetings at the Community Music Center in Southeast Portland.

The society also helps support musical events, Zisa said, including the Portland Classic Guitar Series at Marylhurst University and First Congregational Church in Portland and the annual Season of Lights Holiday Concert, featuring varied styles of Chanukah and Christmas music.

"The Portland Guitar Society is different from some other guitar socities," Zisa said, "in that it celebrates all things guitar."

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