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MKE Unplugged: Texas Guitar Quartet
October 3, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
MKE Unplugged is a free music series highlighting acoustic performers from around the corner and around the world. All concerts take place in the Jan Serr Studio at Kenilworth Square East.
Formed in 2008, the Texas Guitar Quartet (TxGQ) has been hailed as “impeccable in every respect” by Classical Guitar Magazine. Throughout the United States, Central America, Spain and China, audiences have embraced the quartet for their daring programs, dazzling virtuosity and joyful music making. Recent highlights include performances for the Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra 2016 (Nicaragua), Victoria Bach Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Festival Internacional del Noreste (Mexico) and Texas Music Festival. During the summer of 2015, the quartet presented a series of concerts in historic cathedrals along the Camino de Santiago, Spain.
The TxGQ recently premiered a landmark new work by lauded American composer Nico Muhly in collaboration with Grammy-winning chamber choir Conspirare, Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and the Dublin Guitar Quartet. The group continues to push the boundaries of the guitar quartet medium by premiering new works by Joseph Williams II, Peter Lieuwen, Mark Anthony Cruz and John Truitt and creating daring arrangements of orchestral works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.
“Red,” the quartet’s first album, was released to critical acclaim and was praised by Guitar International as a “tremendous accomplishment for the classical guitar…the TxGQ perform with virtuosity, clarity, balance, and a refined character which will no doubt help to establish them as one of today’s leading guitar quartets.” Their latest album, “Icon,” features Mozart’s complete “40th Symphony,” released in late 2018.
The TxGQ has been featured in concertos with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Marcelo Bussiki), Camerata Bach and Nicaraguan Youth Symphony (Maestro César Bermúdez Rodriguez), Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Zachary Carretin) and the Abilene Philharmonic (Maestro David Itkin). They have been part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster since 2010. The TxGQ is Isaac Bustos, Jay Kacherski, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph Palmer
Jan Serr Studio is an all-ages music venue. A cash bar is open during the show, thanks to the studio’s exclusive catering partner, Saz’s.
Free and open to the public.