Spring brings the Brazilian Guitar Quartet to Frostburg State University for a performance on Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall. The concert is part of FSU's Cultural Events Series and is sponsored by the Center for International Education.
Coming from the land of the samba and the bossa nova, the Quartet will present little-known works by Brazilian classical composers, whose music reflects native folk music traditions, in celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of Brazil.
Along with pieces by Villa-Lobos, Mignone, Guarnieri and Miranda, the Quartet will honor the 250th Anniversary of J.S. Bach's death by performing several of his most famous compositions.
This "dream team" of Brazil's finest guitar virtuosos promises to transform a wealth of formal training, concert appearances and distinctive styles into a heartfelt tribute to the Brazilian spirit. The quartet's members are Paul Galbraith, Edelton Gloeden, Everton Gloeden and Tadeu do Amaral.
Local music lovers may recall Galbraith's solo performance at FSU in August 1999.
Called "the best guitarist of his generation" by Classical Guitar Magazine, Galbraith received won public acclaim at the age of 17, when he won a Silver Medal at the Segovia Guitar Competition. Segovia, who was in attendance, praised Galbraith's performance as "magnificent." Since then, he has performed with some of Europe's finest orchestras and has been was featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Performance Today."
Galbraith's 1998 double CD "The Complete Solo Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas" was nominated for a Grammy Award, chosen as one of the two best CDs of 1998 by Gramophone Magazine, received a four-star rating from Stereo Review and was in the Top 10 Classical Charts in Billboard. The recording features his unique guitar, with custom features that allow Galbraith to extend its range through the addition of two strings and varied string lengths.
In praise of the Brazilian Quartet, The American Record Guide says, "Strong rhythmic articulation and clarity…creates much excitement…[and] leaves the listener smiling."
A dinner theatre special in partnership with Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant is available with the performance. The special includes a five-course meal with tax and tip included. Transportation is available.
For information, reservations and menu selection for the dinner-theatre, contact the Lane Center Box Office at 301-687-4411, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Based on availability, tickets may also be purchased at the PAC box office one hour prior to curtain.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, 301-687-4201, TDD 301-687-7955.
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