posted January 29, 2013

VIDA Guitar Quartet to Perform on Friday, Feb. 15

The VIDA Guitar Quartet will perform at Hope College on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The VIDA Guitar Quartet “brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (“Gramophone”). VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (“Classic FM”) combined with the quartet’s “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established the group as a passionate and masterful ensemble that sparkles with “vitality and spontaneity” (“Acoustic”).  “Gramophone” has described listening to the group as akin to “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There’s only one word for it: magic.”

The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists who share a passion for chamber music. They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe, and in 2011 made their US debut in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre).

The quartet includes Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, best known as the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, considered one of most innovative guitar ensembles in the world. Mark Ashford is a is multi-prize winning guitarist, as is Helen Sanderson, who also is the founder and director of the World Youth Guitar Festival, Europe’s largest residential festival for young classical guitarists.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope College faculty and staff, $5 for children 18 and under, and free for Hope students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.   The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online at tickets.hope.edu/ticketing/

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.