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Melbourne Guitar Quartet, April 15

The Melbourne Guitar Foundation kicks off their 2016 concert season with one of Australia’s leading ensembles.

Fri, April 15 @7pm. St Mary’s Church, 428 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. $25/$30 Concession/Adult.

TICKETS VIA: www.melbourneguitarfoundation.com
Free wine, beer and fingerfood during intermission!

The Melbourne Guitar Quartet’s 2016 concert is set to be an alluring experience for the senses. Known for their innovative and trailblazing self- penned arrangements and original interpretations of established classics, MGQ’s perseverance, attention to detail and technical excellence sets to re-establish the notion of the guitar quartet as a significant and vital feature of chamber ensemble. Audiences will be drawn in by MGQ’s use of the guitar-family, a set of instruments ranging from classical, baritone, standard and treble guitars that allow for the creation of rich and vibrant tonal textures.

Program:
Vivaldi – Concerto for 4 violins, L’estro Armonico RV 580 arr. B. Dix
Haydn / de Fossa – Grand Duo, selections arr. B. Dix
Beethoven – String Quartet 11 ‘Serioso’ Allegro con brio arr. B. Dix
Debussy – Prelude & Clair de Lune, from Suite Bergamasque arr. T. Field
– Interval –
Davidson – Cliffs & River * (commissioned for MGQ)
Houghton – News from Nowhere

About the program…
This program signifies really what MGQ is all about, celebrating new Australian works specifically written for the guitar family such as our recent commission by Robert Davidson, as well as performing the groundbreaking News from Nowhere, originally commissioned for Guitar Trek back in the early 1990’s.
Together with these contemporary Australian works, we have a deep admiration for time-honored string quartets, piano works and other chamber music and have adapted them for guitar quartet. Much like most of the solo guitar canon, guitarists have relied upon transcriptions and arrangements to fill the void of non-specific guitar music from the Renaissance through to the late Romantic periods. Through this process some of the most loved guitar works ironically were never composed for the instrument, such as the enigmatic work by Albeniz, Asturias. Through our arrangements of Vivaldi, Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy, this concert program aims to not establish new guitar quartet repertoire but more so to allow the voice and beauty of the guitar bring something new to the image of these long-standing established classics.
Benjamin Dix – Melbourne Guitar Quartet, 2016