Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium
Wednesday, February 24 – Mile 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern, doors at 6:00 p.m.
Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Guitar Quartet has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire.
Recent activity includes a forthcoming release on Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label, and a new 25-minute commission by New York’s Michael Gordon. The ensemble is also included on a recent recording performing Arvo Part’s Summa. The quartet worked with the composer in making the arrangement and received guidance during the recording process. The arrangement will be published by the composer’s own publisher Universal Edition.
Dublin Guitar Quartet has been successful in bringing new music to new audiences, who can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.
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Not all music from Ireland is Celtic music. FCA generally tries for a new spin on our classical offering and this year is no different – we really worked hard and considered a lot of potential artists before deciding on Dublin Guitar Quartet. Fairbanks has a real affinity for guitars and DGQ’s approach to modern classical music is incredibly warm and accessible. A followup to the popular guitarists we brought in the spring of 2014, this group of superb, internationally recognized, artists really appeals to both the head and the heart. We don’t believe there are any better at what they do. -FCA