Classical guitar remains timeless, and the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet continues this tradition as one of the world’s most sought-after guitar ensembles. Popularly known as the LAGQ, the group boasts an impressive repertoire spanning critically-acclaimed transcriptions of Classical masterworks to the best of groundbreaking contemporary compositions.
The LAGQ’s upcoming performance at the Ent Center for the Arts will be a testament to the group’s versatility. Pieces will run the gamut of genres and include Pat Metheny’s new work, “Road to the Sun,” commissioned for the LAGQ and first performed at Denver’s Newman Center for the Arts in 2016. Metheny expands on his creative process with the LAGC in a recent interview, where he discusses the challenges and rewards of creating original work for virtuoso guitarists. With six movements over 25 minutes, his major work will make for a poignant finale.
The group will also perform Phillip Houghton’s “Opals,” a triptych exploring the multifaceted, luminous qualities of the stone. Houghton explains on his website that he found inspiration to compose the piece after seeing a brilliant, dark opal in an Australian gift shop. “Opals” is divided into three movements: “Black Opal,” “Water Opal,” and “White Opal.”
Other selections include works by three Brazilian composers and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, just to name a few.
Don't miss out on the chance to see the acclaimed quartet perform in the cutting-edge, intimate Chapman Foundations Recital Hall. The show is part of the Artist Series's first season, bringing the best of the performing arts to Colorado Springs. Tickets are still available here.