posted September 12, 2013

Brazilian Guitar Quartet to Perform Tonight

The Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet of Brazil will perform at Hope College on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet (QGQ) is widely acclaimed as one of the top contemporary classical guitar ensembles. Over the past 20 years, the ensemble of Brazilian guitarists Chrystian Dozza, Fabio Ramazzina, Thiago Abdalla and Sidney Molina has established a broad canon of original pieces and bold arrangements, in which various Brazilian composers, including Egberto Gismonti, Almeida Prado, Paulo Bellinati, Sérgio Molina and Marco Pereira, have collaborated with the quartet.

The quartet first attracted the attention of international critics in 1998, after it was awarded the Ensemble Prize at the International Guitar Contest of Havana. According to the “Los Angeles Times,” “an aura of purity pervaded the concert of the Brazilian guitar quartet...  [it]...  met all the requirements with equanimity and intelligence in its California debut.”

Quaternaglia’s discography includes the albums “Quaternaglia,” “Antique,” “Forrobodó” and several others, as well as a DVD recorded live. In 2008, Quaternaglia made the Brazilian premiere of Gismontiana, a concerto for four guitars and orchestra written by Leo Brouwer and conducted by the composer himself in his first visit to the country.

The musicians of Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet utilize three six-string guitars and one seven-string guitar custom-made by the renowned Brazilian guitar maker Sérgio Abreu.

Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and Hope faculty and staff, and $5 for students and are available at the ticket offices in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse (222 Fairbanks Ave.) and the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.).  Both offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.