CPS Presents Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Concert


From left, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is comprised of: Matthew Greif, Scott Tennant, John Dearman and William Kenengiser.

Community Performance Series will present the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in concert on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

A pre-concert lecture will be given at 6:30 p.m. by Crane guitar professor Dr. Douglas Rubio.

In their three decades on the concert stage, the members of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. Popularly known as the LAGQ, the group is recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles. 

One of the most charismatic groups performing today, their 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. 

LAGQ’s Potsdam performance will feature Spanish, Cuban and Latin American works, along with a Japanese composition by Shingo Fujii and two arrangements of pieces by American composer Aaron Copland.

Fujii’s work, entitled “Shiki,” is “a celebration of Japan’s spirit … a fantasia based on traditional Japanese melodies that follow the changing of the seasons.” “Shiki” was written to honor the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. 

The LA Guitar Quartet will be joined by a guitar orchestra for “Shiki.” The guitar orchestra will be comprised of 24 guitarists, including current and former Crane guitar students, and guest guitarists from around New York State. Dr. Rubio will conduct the piece.

“Guitar orchestras can create sounds that are subtle, colorful and sometimes very powerful. All three are exhibited in Shingo Fujii’s ‘Shiki,’” Rubio said. “The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s performances are always very exciting, but especially so with this repertoire. It should be an incredible concert!”

The LAGQ is currently comprised of three founding members—John Dearman, William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Matthew Greif joined the quartet in 2006.

Additional information about the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, including a comprehensive history and discography, can be found on the group’s website at www.lagq.com.

Ticket prices range from $24 to $40 for adults with additional discounts for students, seniors and SUNY Potsdam faculty/staff. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the CPS Box Office, located in the lobby of Snell Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or online at www.cpspotsdam.org.

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom, and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

For more information about CPS’s special events, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.