2015 ELLNORA Artist-in-Residence Sharon Isbin provides the stamp of approval for the artist who opens this set—Isbin’s student, Australian-born Alberta Khoury, a prodigy who has already earned an international artistic reputation while still in her early 20s. Following Khoury is the LAGQ, four individually accomplished guitarists who, when united, regale audiences with dynamic classical repertoire peppered with the music of Africa, Ireland, and the Americas. The quartet—William Kanengiser, John Dearman, Matthew Greif, and Scott Tennant—seamlessly transition from Bach to bluegrass to innovative arrangements of guitar classics like inaugural ELLNORA alum Pat Metheny’s “Letter from Home,” which was featured on their Grammy-winning Guitar Heroes album. That recording and a meeting with Metheny at the Crown of the Continent summer guitar camp started a journey to Road to the Sun, a 30-minute guitar quartet opus written by Metheny and co-commissioned by Krannert Center—one of the works to be featured in this concert. This “masterful four-guitar reduction of significant musical signposts from Metheny’s odyssey” is arranged so personally for the LAGQ that the players’ parts are named “Bill,” “John,” “Matt,” and “Scott” (DownBeat).
Arr. W. Kanengiser: Music from the Time of Cervantes
Anonymous: Jácaras (17th century)
Antonio Martín y Coll: El Villano
Antonio Martín y Coll: Diferéncias Sobre Las Folias
Juan Arañéz: Chacona ("La Vida Bona")
Juan de Encina: Oy Comamos
Philip Houghton: Opals
Three Brazilian Pieces
Hermeto Pascoal: Da Sábado pra Dominguihnos
Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Lenda do Caboclo
Baden Powell: Samba Novo
Finale: Allegro molto vivace
Pat Metheny: Road to the Sun* (Illinois Premiere)
*Pat Metheny: Road to the Sun (2016) was commissioned through the International Arts Foundation, Inc. for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet by the lead commissioners: Newman Center for the Performing Arts/University of Denver and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additional support provided by co-commissioners: Lobero Theater Foundation, Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, 92nd Street Y, Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College, and Soka University of America/Soka Performing Arts Center.
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