July 12: Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Date: July 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Moravian College, Peter Hall

  • De Falla Cuatro Piezas Españolas
  • Albeniz Rondeña from Suite Ibéria
  • Granados El pelele (The Straw Man) from Goyescas
  • Villa-Lobos Prelúdio from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4
  • Mignone Lenda Sertaneja No. 8
  • Mignone Congada

Founded in São Paulo in 1998 by the guitar-design innovator and Segovia Silver Medal winner Paul Galbraith, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet was christened the “Dream Team” by media in their native Brazil, where the guitar is treasured as the national instrument. The ensemble describes its instrumentation as “a unique combination of regular six-string and extended range, eight-string guitars.”

With just a few personnel changes over 20 years, the quartet has garnered acclaim from audiences at home and abroad, touring widely throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia and performing at such prime U.S. venues as the 92ndStreet Y and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Dumbarton Concerts and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The BGQ discography includes a half dozen CDs featuring works from Bach to Albéniz.

In 2011, the “Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos” won the Latin Grammy Award for best classical album. WGBH in Boston began its review of that CD, “The Brazilian Guitar Quartet has done it again,” going on to praise the group’s “warm, disciplined energy and mind-boggling technical prowess.”

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem thinks that Moravian College’s acoustically marvelous Peter Hall is the perfect setting to showcase such energy and prowess. We hope that both regular audience members, returning friends, and concert-goers fresh to our musical offerings will enjoy this mid-summer dream of a concert.

Website: http://www.brazilianguitarquartet.com/en/

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