As Melbourne’s leading guitar ensemble, Melbourne Guitar Quartet’s (MGQ’s) blend of innovative arrangements, technical flair and superb ensemble playing place it as a brilliant addition to Australia’s musical landscape.
Through MGQ’s unique guitar family instrumentation of classical bass, baritone, standard, treble and octave guitars, it has worked tirelessly towards establishing itself as a guitar quartet unlike any other with self-penned re-workings of established classics and a passion for newly commissioned works. MGQ embodies a vibrant and dynamic onstage musical persona that has amassed diverse audience appeal since their formation in 2005, captivating avid lovers of chamber music and guitar aficionados alike, as well as leaving concert first-timers fascinated by its unique musical approach. With MGQ at the helm, guitar performance is set to be transformed as the four guitarists continue to explore the world of their instrument as you have never heard or seen before.
A concert of premiere performances. Revealing the influence of era-defining modern composers on guitar, Melbourne Guitar Quartet captures the beauty and mysticism entwined within Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Vasks’ Quartet No.4, the delightfully soulful musings of Keith Jarret and the unmistakable wistful essence of Philip Glass, with inimitable arrangements and memorable interpretations.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Arvo Pärt arr. Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Phillip Glass arr. Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Selections from String Quartet No.3 Mishima
Keith Jarret arr. Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Selections from The Köln Concert
Peteris Vasks arr. Melbourne Guitar Quartet
Selections from String Quartet No.4
This production is part of the following series:
Now in its eighth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.
The Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ) is dedicated to the development of new chamber music repertoire for the instrument. MGQ uses the guitar family of instruments (classical bass, baritone, standard, treble and octave guitars) producing a rich and broad timbral spectrum for guitar ensemble performance.
Tuesday 26 November 2019 6pm
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
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