Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Friday, December 9, 2016 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
ALFONSO MONTES: Llanura
J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
TILMAN HOPPSTOCK (as Allan Willcocks): Suite Transcendent
AARON COPLAND: Two Mexican Pieces
DA MILANO: Mon Pere Si Ma Marie
PIERRE CERTON: Je ne l’ose dire
JOSQUIN DES PREZ: Adieu mes Amours
PIERRE PASSEREAU: Il est bel et bon
ATANAS OURKOUZOUNOV: Motus Bulgaricus
TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Suite (selections)
HORACIO SALINAS: Tarantella
The Guitar Series is presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts.
About This Performance
Guitar Heroes is not just the name of its Grammy Award-winning recording, it sums up the accomplishments singly and collectively of this foursome that has energized guitar ensemble music from Bach to bluegrass. They bring a fresh perspective to music of the past and expansively embracing the contemporary and world music of today, and their, “omnivorous musical interests have brought them to a global repertoire of genres and styles. And, like Yo-Yo Ma, they have explored these genres with extraordinary authenticity.” (LA Times)
“I’ve rarely been so utterly delighted by a performance. They are the Great Guitar Quartet of our time.”
—American Record Guide
The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 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 with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses worldwide. 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. Their Don Quixote collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences and the work SHIKI: Seasons of Japan written for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by composer Shingo Fujii is connecting communities across the nation.
Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their Guitar Heroes CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated LAGQ: Latin. LAGQ: Spin(Telarc, 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. LAGQ: Brazil (Telarc, 2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo Concierto Andaluz and Sergio Assad’s Interchange, written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts. The live DVD of The Ingenious Gentleman: Don Quixote was released on the Mel Bay label in spring 2012.