14th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival
Venue: Locations Vary
Ticket: Prices Vary
International Concert Guitarist Competition, 8 p.m., free
Come watch the top four finalists compete for over $6500 in prize money.
Youth Competition, AH1 Building, 10 a.m., free
Youth from 11 to 18 years-old compete for over $900 in prize money.
Juan Carlos Laguna, 4 p.m., free
Internationally renowned classical guitarist Laguna demonstrates his unparalleled skills in a concert sure to delight. He has performed throughout the world as a soloist and with various orchestras like The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and The Berliner Sinphonietta.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, 8 p.m., $25
The Grammy winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet featuring John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Matthew Greif concludes the festival. They consistently sell out concerts with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach including critically acclaimed transcriptions of classical works and their interpretations of contemporary pieces. Since each guitarist is a talented musician, the quartet is “a formidable ensemble, both in terms of technical bravura and musical personality” (Baltimore Sun).
Thirty years young in 2010-11, the Grammy Award-winning LAGQ is one of the most multifaceted groups in any genre. The LAGQ is comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from Bluegrass to Bach. They consistently play to sold-out houses world-wide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Programs including Latin, African, Far East, Irish, Folk and American Classics transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience. Their ‘Don Quixote’ collaboration with Firesign Theater veteran, actor Philip Proctor, continues to expand and delight audiences.
Winner of a 2005 Grammy Award, their Guitar Heroes CD released on Telarc is a brilliant follow-up to their Grammy nominated LAGQ Latin. Spin (Telarc, Spring 2006) continues their explorations of jazz and contemporary music. LAGQ Brazil (2007), including collaborations with vocalist Luciana Souza, was released to rave reviews, and their newest recording of the Rodrigo “Concierto Andaluz” and Sergio Assad’s “Interchange”, written specifically for them, was released on Telarc in Spring 2010, and quickly climbed to top spot on the Billboard charts.
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