Thursday, November 1 | 7:30 pm
“The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical élan and questing spirits.” – Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is a highly energized, highly skilled group of classical guitarists that are Grammy award winners and are critically acclaimed around the world. Their interpretations of music from bluegrass to Bach will make their performance at the Berman unforgettable.
The Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.
Capturing sounds and styles of music from around the globe, LAGQ’s 2017-18 program will feature works as diverse as “Music from the Time of Cervantes”, J.S. Bach’s spirited Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Brazilian jazz. Opals is a fascinating work by Phillip Houghton, where he represents the glints and sparkles emanating from the national gemstone of his native Australia in vivid sonic form. The highlight of the program will be Road to the Sun, written for the LAGQ by guitar legend Pat Metheny. This six-movement work is a mind-blowing journey through the musical worlds of Metheny, including jazz, groove, ballad, rock and expressionist elements. Not to be missed! Additionally, performances of Andrew York’s “By Chants” premiered in 2017 and Shingo Fujii’s “SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,” both written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra, continue to connect communities across the nation. The Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange”, written specifically for them, help draw diverse audiences to orchestral programs around the world.
“New Renaissance” is the ensemble’s most recent recording. In addition to the Grammy award-winning “Guitar Heroes” CD, releases include the Grammy-nominated “LAGQ-Latin”, and“LAGQ: BRAZIL”, which includes collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza. Their recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange” quickly climbed to the top spot on the Billboard charts; the latter work received a Latin Grammy nomination. The live DVD of “The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote” was released on the Mel Bay label in spring 2012.