LAGQ, Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, Valpraiso IN, March 24, 2012

Yes, LAGQ has played in most of the sacred performance facilities in the world… and now, Valpraiso! at the Mid America Guitar Festival.

When: Mar 24 2012 – 7:30pm

—From LAGQ Press Relase—

For three decades on the concert stage, the members of the Grammy® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. Popularly known as the LAGQ, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, is recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles. As one of the most charismatic groups performing today, their 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.
The LAGQ has given recitals in many of the world’s top venues, including Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Tokyo Opera City, and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They have toured extensively in Europe and Asia, where they were featured at the Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila International Arts Festivals and recently made a highly successful debut in Beijing. Performances in Moscow close out 2011 and orchestral performances in Sydney and Perth in November 2012 will mark the Quartet’s first-ever visit to Australia. Summer 2011 includes a Germany tour as well as debut performances at the Minnesota Beethoven, Big Sky (MT) and Skeneateles (NY) Festivals, and a return to Grand Teton Music Festival (WY) for a week-long residency including a solo concert and an orchestral program conducted by Matthias Pintscher.
In the 2011-12 season, solo concerts and residencies take the LAGQ throughout the United States and their performances of Rodrigo are highlights of the Jacksonville (FL) and Madison (WI) Symphonies. Projected for residencies in Loudoun County Virginia and at Valparaiso University in Indiana is a new work for the LAGQ and Guitar Orchestra by Japanese composer Shingo Fujii; this work will be dedicated to those affected by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Productions of “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote: Words and Music from the Time of Cervantes” with guest artist, Firesign Theatre veteran and voiceover actor, Phil Proctor continue to delight and expand audiences in St. Louis and Los Angeles this season. The St Louis performance at the Sheldon Theater will be recorded for DVD and available in 2012. This project was originally developed and premiered in collaboration with the British actor John Cleese actor John Cleese at the Santa Barbara Guitar Festival and tours with Phil Proctor have been received to great acclaim at numerous venues across the US and Canada.
A highlight of 2010 was the Telarc release of “Interchange,” their first recording of concertos by Rodrigo and Assad. “Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra,” the new concerto written specifically for these four virtuosi by Brazilian composer and guitar master, Sergio Assad and featured on the Telarc CD, recently received a Latin Grammy® nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. This work originally premiered in 2009 as part of the Southwest Guitar Festival with the San Antonio Symphony and subsequent performances included the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Seattle, New Jersey, Santa Barbara and Delaware Symphonies. The work was then recorded with the Delaware Symphony and Music Director David Amado.
Past highlights have included performances of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” at the composer’s official centenary in Spain at the invitation of his daughter and to a crowd of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl, tours in support of their “Brazil” CD with vocalist Luciana Souza and, a special New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Tisch Center at the 92nd Street Y(NY) and serving as two-time curators for the week-long guitar celebrations in Santa Barbara sponsored by the Symphony. Members of the Quartet also performed and recorded two works of Osvaldo Golijov with the Atlanta Symphony in Atlanta and at the Ojai(CA) and Ravinia(IL) Festivals.
The LAGQ’s CD, “Guitar Heroes,” released on Telarc, won the group their first Grammy Award in 2005. It is a heartfelt salute to the great players who inspired the quartet, as individuals and as a group. It has received raves for its unique ability capture the feeling and fervor of diverse musical styles such as jazz, bluegrass, rock and flamenco. In November 2008, this recording joined those by artists such as the Who, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits on Sound and Visions “Top 10 Surround Discs of All Time”. Their first Telarc CD, “LAGQ – Latin,” features their popular transcription of Bizet’s Carmen, along with works from Chile, Cuba and some new original works by members of the quartet. This CD, which has received raves from listeners and critics alike, received a 2003 Grammy nomination and the Super Audio CD (SACD) version won the award for “Best Made for Surround” at the 1st Annual Surround Music Awards. The LAGQ’s release, “SPIN” (2006), shows yet again that the group is equally at home in a wide variety of musical genres and also features several commissioned works from their recent collaboration with percussionist Colin Currie. The ensemble’s current release, LAGQ-Brazil (Telarc, 2007) continues to receive raves and includes performances with singing sensation Luciana Souza. The LAGQ’s “Interchange” CD (March 2010) features their long-awaited recording of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto Andaluz” and the premiere recording of Sergio Assad’s “Interchange” with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. The LAGQ’s first live-concert DVD appears on the Mel Bay Artist Series.

For more information about the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, visit their website at www.lagq.com.

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