The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will open the 71st season of the Los Alamos Concert Association at 4 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy photo
The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will open the 71st season of the Los Alamos Concert Association at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at 1300 Diamond Dr.
Much admired for its technical bravura and imaginative programming, the LAGQ has honed its flawless ensemble playing over its distinguished 30-year history. Quartet members William Kanengiser, Matthew Greif, John Dearman and Scott Tennant bring to the group extensive expertise in a wide range of musical styles.
The program LAGQ plans for Los Alamos includes works spanning several centuries, from works written expressly for the ensemble to arrangements of 16th Century French chansons. Three familiar composers are represented on the program, all with their considerable Spanish influence on display: Debussy, Aaron Copeland and Manuel da Falla. Pieces on the program written for LAGQ are by Venezuelan Alfonso Montes, Bulgarian Atanas Ourkouzounov and German guitarist and composer Tilmann Hoppstock who, curiously, adopts the pseudonym Allan Willcocks, “an imaginary English Impressionist composer [with] a completely distinct musical personality from my own.
The ensemble begins its US fall touring season in Los Alamos after summer engagements in Ireland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
The Quartet will perform in the Duane Smith Auditorium on the campus of Los Alamos High School at 1300 Diamond Dr. The hall is handicapped accessible.
Tickets ($30) are available at the Lensic box office in Santa Fe, in Los Alamos at CB FOX and Smith’s Marketplace and at Smith’s in White Rock or electronically at www.ticketssantafe.com. Tickets at the door are $35. Continuing a long Los Alamos Concert Association tradition, students ages 6 through 18 can request free tickets at the door.
For complete artist, venue and ticket information, visit LACA’s website at www.losalamosconcert.org.