Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Set To Perform At SUNY?Fredonia April 4

The SUNY Fredonia School of Music presents Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the preeminent classical guitar quartet of our time, performing in Rosch Recital Hall on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the SUNY Fredonia ticket office: 673-3501 by phone, online at www.fredonia.edu/tickets, or in person at the Williams Center. Tickets are $30 ($12 for students with ID) and include reserved seating and a post-concert reception with the artists.

Thirty-three years young in 2013-14, the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. Enthusiastically referred to by the Los Angeles Times as “The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band,” 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 appearance at Fredonia will include a special joint performance with the Fredonia Guitar Ensemble, a student ensemble led by James Piorkowski. The combined groups will perform “SHIKI: Seasons of Japan,” written specifically for the LAGQ plus guitar orchestra by Japanese composer Shingo Fujii and dedicated to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It is a powerful and moving work that is connecting communities across the nation.

When asked about the upcoming performance, guitar major Matthew Kingsley from Lockport said, “The opportunity to perform on stage with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is nothing short of legendary. LAGQ is a dynamic ensemble that many of us have been listening to for years. This will be the performance of a lifetime.”

In addition to performing one piece on the concert with LAGQ, Fredonia students will have the opportunity to perform for the ensemble in a master class on Thursday, April 3 at 5 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Albany native and fellow guitar major, Bradford Hoyt commented, “The work that we’ll be doing with the LAGQ will be my first step into the professional world of the craft I am pursuing. I am extremely honored and excited by the thought that I’ll be performing with musicians of such artistic magnitude.”

Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, LAGQ’s “Guitar Heroes” CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated “LAGQ Latin.” “Spin” (Telarc, spring 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. “LAGQ Brazil” (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.

Further details about this event are available at the School of Music website, fredonia.edu/music.

This event is supported in part by the Faculty Student Association.

For a complete list of upcoming events in the School of Music, visit fredonia.edu/music.